litre inline 6 cyl twin turbo
speed manual RWD
mph (electronically limited)
hp @ 5,900 rpm
kgs / 3296 lbs
What is sure to become one of the legends of BMW's M division
has just been brought into the world after a particularly long
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe has a better power to weight ratio
than the sublime M3, and a chassis
which has been thoroughly re-engineered - and stuffed full of
aluminium upgrades - to reduce weight and improve handling.
One area of particular interest is the fact the 1 Series M Coupe
is significantly closer in size to the original M3 than the
current M3 is. A fact which BMW was keen to point out in both
pictures and text. Perhaps this is BMW's way of making up for
the fact the M3 has got progressively bulkier over the years.
The engine of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a 3.0 litre inline
6-cylinder twin turbocharged
unit which develops 335 horsepower @ 5,900 rpm, and a peak torque
output of 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The
enhanced engine management system of the 1 Series M Coupe includes
an electronically-controlled overboost function to briefly increase
torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft (50 Nm). This temporary
torque peak of 369 lb-ft gives the car a substantial increase
in acceleration. The 1 Series M Coupe can reach 60 mph 4.7 seconds
(100km in 4.9 secs). The top speed of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe
is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The exhaust system of the 1 Series M Coupe has been tuned by
the M division specifically for the car in order to get the
best performance out of the engine, and also provide a distinctive
A close ratio 6-speed manual transmission is used for power
transmission to the rear wheels in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.
It was specially designed to interact with high-torque engines
and has been fitted for this purpose with a dry sump cooling
system. An upgraded flywheel for high-torque applications is
installed between the engine and transmission. The transmission
is operated using a very short M gearshift lever.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is fitted with a variable M differential
lock. This generates lock-up torque on-demand and variably,
thus providing for optimum rear-wheel drive traction on all
road surfaces. This gives the BMW 1 Series M Coupe traction
benefits on slippery surfaces, snow and sand. It also supports
sporty-style motoring on narrow, winding roads such as mountain
passes since optimum traction and maximum drive torque are available
when accelerating out of a bend.
The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe
includes such elements as the Antilock Brake System (ABS), an
anti-slip control function (ASC), the brake assistant Dynamic
Brake Control (DBC), a hill-hold assistant for starting off,
Cornering Brake Control (CBC), a brake fade compensation function
and a brake drying function. In the wet or on slippery surfaces
the DSC intervenes discreetly to limit oversteer.
There are three color options to choose from for the BMW 1 Series
M Coupe, Alpine White nonmetallic, Black Sapphire Metallic and
Valencia Orange Metallic.
The aggressive front bumper is defined by three large air intakes
which collect cooling air for the engine. The wide central air
intake is covered by a honeycomb-structured grille, while the
two outer intakes are completely open. This means that in every
situation on the road or track, a sufficiently large quantity
of air is fed directly to the engine oil cooler on the right
and to the supplemental coolant radiator on the left.
The powerful wheel arches also make the rear of the BMW 1 Series
M Coupe seem especially broad. The car is actually 53mm (2.1
inches) wider than the standard 135i
Coupe. A discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment
lid generates additional downforce
on the rear axle at high speeds.
The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by two sets
of chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer
edges. L-shaped rear light clusters with red glass covers create
a characteristic nighttime illumination. Inside these, the rear
light is provided by two light banks fed by LED units.
The M-specific cockpit developed exclusively for the BMW 1 Series
M Coupe is designed to facilitate focused, sporty driving. High-quality,
dark Alcantara with orange contrast stitching covers the door
panels, door pulls, instrument cluster binnacle, dash panel,
and gearshift and handbrake lever boots. The driver's attention
is focuses on an M-specific instrument cluster with gray dials,
classic M red pointers, and white backlighting.
The black sport
seats in standard Boston leather have orange contrasting
stitching and an M logo embossed in the front of each headrest.
Seat heating is available for both front seats. The orange contrast
stitching is also echoed on the rear seats and on all design
elements featuring Alcantara.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe also features the steering
wheel mounted M Drive button that made its first appearance
in the 2006 M5. In the 1 Series M
Coupe, the M Button activates a faster throttle response program
for higher performance driving. This means that the power delivery
characteristics of the engine can be varied according to the
The braking system of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is derived from
those found on the E92 M3. The internally-vented, cross-drilled
cast iron discs measure 14.2 inches (360mm) in diameter at the
front and 13.8 inches (350mm) in the rear. Each disc is connected
to a floating aluminum hub by cast-in stainless-steel pins.
This configuration reduces the thermal loads on the discs, thus
increasing their performance and service life. An electrically-driven
pump provides the system's vacuum power.
An integrated wear indicator, coupled with a dash display, allows
the driver to monitor the condition of the brake linings.
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