BMW 1-Series M Coupe officially revealed (+video)

BMW 1-Series M Coupe officially revealed (+video)

After numerous spy photos released online and much hype BMW has officially unveiled its new 1-Series M Coupe.

Designed to be the spiritual successor to the original M3, the 1-Series M Coupe features aggressively styled  bumpers, bi-xenon headlights, pumped up wheel arches, and 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels. It certainly looks the part and only three exterior colors will be available – Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and “so hot right now” Valencia Orange Metallic.

In the cabin are some serious sports seats, Boston leather upholstery, and Alcantara trim. Other interior upgrades include a reworked instrument cluster and a orange-stitched sports steering wheel. The standard equipment list is impressive and includes goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, comfort access, a Harman Kardon audio system, BMW ConnectedDrive (internet access), and GPS navigation with a large 8.8-inch display screen.

Laying under the bonnet is BMW’s stonking N54 twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 250 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. It is matched up exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the 1,495 kg coupe to perform the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 17.3 seconds, and will push on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Through the use of an ‘overboost’ function, the 1 M will deliver an extra 50Nm of torque at full throttle. Fuel efficiency isn’t too bad either, at an average consumption of 9.6 L/100km.

To create excellent handling dynamics the M Coupe uses an aluminum-intensive suspension which has a double pivot front axle and a five-link rear. There is also all manner of modern handling technologies including DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), Antilock Brakes (ABS), anti-slip control (ASC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). Braking is managed by large vented and cross-drilled compound disc brakes, measuring 360mm at the front and 350mm at the rear. Filling the guards are the M3 GTS’ 19-inch light alloy M wheels, nine inches wide at the front and 10 at the rear.

The world premiere for the 1-Series M Coupe will be at the 2011 North American Motor Show with the model coming to market in Germany in May 2011. New Zealand launch date, specification and price is to be advised shortly.

Check out images and a promotional video of the new 1-Series M Coupe below.

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