Friday, January 8, 2010

BMW 1-Series ///M Version reportedly in the works but ///M5 Touring gets the axe

It now seems likely that BMW is going ahead with an M-badged 1 Series, according to a report from Autocar/Worlcarfans. The two-door coupe will use BMW's famed 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine, but instead of employing one turbo like the 5 Series GT it will revert to a new improved twin-turbo system.

Power is said to be around 260kW (350bhp) and torque should hit the 500Nm mark if the new Z4 sDrive35is (450Nm) is any indication. The rear wheels will drive things as expected with the help of a limited slip differential. The fast-changing double-clutch gearbox is likely to be the standard transmission. Performance possibilities include a 0 - 60mph time of 5.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h).

"I want to set a clear signal that our products are financially accessible," M Division boss Kay Segler is quoted as saying. "With the modular production processes in place at BMW, it is possible to create performance cars that customers can not only dream about owning but also realistically afford." (Realistic in a relative sense i guess)

Fuel-saving measures such as stop/ start technologies and brake regeneration will be included.

The outside is likely to feature kit such as a deeper front spoiler, chunkier sills and four chromed M-style tailpipes.

Hopefully, BMW will use the 1 series Tii name instead of the first ever M-Supercar "M1"s callsign.


Those who want a wagon variant will have to look elsewhere. No new BMW M5 Touring is planned for production at this time, according to CAR magazine.

Source: Worldcarfans


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