After months of teasing and spy-shots, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was finally officially announced by the German carmaker. Beside the excitement of seeing a new M model, we’re also dealing with a premiere for BMW, the first time a small car gets the M treatment, which was now available only for the company’s larger models, including the 3, 5 and 6 Series and the X5 and X6 SUVs.
On the exterior, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe features the athletic look of the Coupe model, improved with new features such as a powerfully shaped front apron with three large air intakes, aggressive shoulder line, larger front and rear wheel arches which give the car a wider look, a small spoiler lip for increased downforce, side openings on the rear apron similar to those on the front, twin chrome tailpipes and L-shaped rear lights with LED technology. Also, another world premiere on a production car is what BMW calls “air curtains”, which is a system of ducts that redirects air coming through the front apron to the wheels, covering them with a curtain-like air flow. The system improves aerodynamics by protecting the wheels from air turbulences.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe’s look is completed by Y-spoke design 19-inch M allow wheels, a few M badges and a choice of three exterior colors, Alpine White, Sapphire Black and Valencia Orange metallic, the latter being available exclusively for this model.
Under the hood, a 3.0 liter in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology powers the small M, delivering 340 hp (250 kW) and maximum torque of 450 Nm available from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. An overboost function increased torque by 50 Nm in full throttle. Translated into performance figures, this means the BMW 1 Series M Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and then goes on up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). As for environment impact, the car takes only 9.6 liters per 100 km (24.5 US mpg) and releases 224 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
As expected, the 1 M Coupe fully benefits from BMW’s techonologies, including a variable M differential lock, optimized high-performance brakes with inner-vented and perforated grey cast iron discs, Servotronic steering system and the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) for driving on slippery surfaces such as snow or sand. On the interior, the car comes with the traditional sporty M look that includes Boston leather sports seats with orange stitching on black surfaces, anthracite roof liner and dark Alcantara leather on the interior trim strips, cockpit scoop and door panels.
The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is scheduled to make its debut next month at the Detroit Motor Show, with German market launch scheduled for May, the rest of the world following after.