BMW has built the 1 Series M Coupé to attract a new younger breed of aficionados to the celebrated M brand and becomes the M model with the strongest visual differentiation from the base model.
BMW Group Australia Managing Director Phil Horton said that given its performance capabilities and strictly limited production numbers the BMW 1 Series M Coupé is automotive history in the making.
“This is the first time the high performance BMW M badge has been applied to the 1 Series range in a return to what BMW has always done best: building the perfectly balanced sports coupé,” said Mr Horton.
Based on BMW’s highly-successful 1 Series Coupé, the BMW M car gains a wider, more muscular stance with sculpted, flared wheel arches. The body work is 55 mm wider than a 135i M Sport and accommodates a wider front and rear track (front: +71mm, rear: +44mm) and the standard 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y spoke design (front: 9J 245/35, rear: 10J 265/35). Other trademark BMW M design motifs include M side ‘gills’ and quad exhausts.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé features an in-line 6 cylinder engine boasting two exhaust turbo chargers of identical size. Based on BMW’s multi award-winning three-litre engine, this BMW M power plant sees an increase in engine output to 250kW. 450 Nm of torque is available from just 1500 rpm, with an additional 50 Nm on tap by means of an overboost function.The BMW 1 Series M Coupé sprints to 100km per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
Fuel saving technologies from BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology stable, all of which are standard on the BMW 1 Series M Coupé, include brake energy regeneration, high precision injection and needs-based control of auxiliary units. Combined fuel consumption is 9.6 litres over 100 kms, and CO2 emissions are a mere 224 grams per kilometre.
A newly developed six-speed transmission has been specially designed to interact with the high torque engine, yet weighs just 43 kilograms, making it far lighter than conventional transmissions.
The chassis technology of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé is derived directly from motorsport. Components originally developed for the BMW M3 have been modified and fine-tuned in extensive testing on the Nurburgring. The double joint front axle and five-link rear suspension are made almost entirely of aluminium.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé comes with a variable M differential lock on the rear axle as standard. With up to 100% locking power, drive torque is distributed as required and offers maximum acceleration when exiting a corner.
The M specific high performance compound brake system (360 mm front and 350 mm rear) provides strong durability under maximum load while being extremely lightweight. Derived from race car technology, the braking system on the BMW 1 Series M Coupé ensures impeccable deceleration with significantly reduced susceptibility to fading.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé features BMW M’s trademark ‘M Dynamic Mode’, which is activated through a button on the instrument panel. This ensures that DSC interventions occur later but with greater impact. M Dynamic Mode enables exceptional handling through corners and allows drivers to fully exploit the car’s perfect chassis balance..
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé offers a particularly high standard specification in Australia with only a handful of options.
The interior features fully electric sports seats trimmed in black ‘Boston’ leather with orange contrast stitching. Alcantara trim, also with orange contrast stitching, is appears throughout the cabin, including the instrument panel scoop, handbrake and gear shift gaiters, dashboard and doors.
Standard equipment features include adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, LED rear lights, automatic climate control, 300 watt 10-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system, Professional navigation system including voice control, high resolution 8.8-inch display and 12 GB memory for audio files, internet functionality and a remote alarm system.
The car also features an upgraded version of Bluetooth connectivity, which in combination with compatible mobile phones allows occupants to access e-mails, calendars, task lists and SMS messages on the high resolution display while the vehicle is stationary. The car can also read these aloud via the audio speakers using the narrator function when on the move.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé is available in three exterior paint finishes. Alpine White non-metallic is standard and customers can choose from two metallic options, Sapphire Black or Valencia Orange, which is unique to this model.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé will be available in Australian dealerships from June 2011.
BMW 1 Series M Coupé technical specifications:
BMW 1 Series M Coupé: in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo and direct injection.
Capacity: 2979 cc
Output: 250 kW/340 bhp at 5,900 rpm
Torque: 450 Nm (with overboost: 500) at 1,500 – 4,500 rpm
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 4.9 seconds.
Maximum speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Fuel consumption according to EU: 9.6 litres/100 kilometres.
CO2 emissions: 224 g/km