Forget the Chevy Volt; the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is easily the most highly anticipated car of the past 12 months. With details previously announced, BMW today drew back the covers on its turbocharged baby M3 at the Detroit Auto Show for our first look at the car in its curvy sheetmetal.
Using the company's twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, the 1M Coupe makes 340-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque, plus an overboost function helps deliver an extra 37 ft-lbs. Using a six-speed manual transmission (the only one available), the 1M Coupe can hit 60-mph in just 4.7 seconds – meaning that if BMW were to offer a DCT that number would easily be 4.5.
Revving up the engine for all to hear, BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson remarked that, “There's no denying that is the engine of a true M.”
For maximum fun, hit the M Drive button, which improves throttle response, as well as the M Dynamic Mode button that limits the traction and stability control.
And while the engine numbers aren't astonishing, there's for more to the 1M Coupe that straight power, with the car weighting 77 lbs less than a 135i. Handling is also improved with wider fenders to house the new 19-inch wheels with 245/35/19 tires up front and 265/35/19 tires in the rear. The actual track of the car has also been widened considerably, with the rear track 1.8-inches wider than stock and the front track 2.8-inches wider that stock.
Outside the sports coupe does take the M3 style a step further with a more edgy design and quad exhaust pipes, while the interior is typical M with sports seats, a thick steering wheel with M colored stitching and a few other accent pieces.
There is one down side to this new model, however, and that's the price with BMW stickering the sports car with a hefty $47,010 tag.
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