2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe: First Look

2011 BMW 1 Series M coupe

For the first time, BMW’s high-performance M heritage will be available on the automaker’s most affordable entry: the 1 Series.

The 2012 BMW 1 Series M coupe will feature a 335-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six producing 332 pounds-feet of torque. It’s equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. The combination allows the coupe to accelerate from zero to 60 mph 4.7 seconds.

The vehicle is lighter than the standard 1 Series because of a sportier suspension system that is almost entirely made of aluminum, BMW says.

Exterior changes include redesigned side mirrors, larger and lowered front intakes, a chrome grille and a small spoiler lip. The coupe also has standard xenon adaptive headlamps with LED-encased rigs.

On the inside, there’s Alcantara trim and orange contrast stitching on black leather, as well as M logos embossed on the front headrest. The steering wheel has an “M Drive” button, which temporarily boosts peak torque to 369 pounds-feet.

The 2012 1 Series M coupe will go on sale later next year. The model will officially debut at the 2011 Detroit auto show next month.

Comments 

I love the 1-Series. There are already chips for the 135i's that will give it more horsepower than the M car, so hopefully Chronic is right.

Those flared fenders out back are awesome. I'd strongly consider one of these (or a chipped 135i) over a Cayman S.

Garrett Yargeau

Soo beautiful!!!

BMW M series is my favorite car and this takes it to a whole new level!!!

jnathaniel

I have owned several BMW's, 318, 323, 328, Z4 and an M3, there is not another feeling you get when your car fits you like a glove driving a BMW. They respond to your ability to handle it. Are you up for the challenge?

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