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BMW offers their own spyshots of the 2011 1-Series M Coupe

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Typically when a company issues teasers, we get super close-ups or oddly lit images to give us a rough idea of what the vehicle looks like but in the case of the recent 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe news, the company has chosen to show it off spy-shot style. Shown in the now-commonplace psychedelic masking, the latest teasers from BMW of their sporty new 1-Series Coupe leaves very little to the imagination although there isn’t much of the car (at least in mule form) that we haven’t seen.

More importantly, BMW has offered up a spread of information – mainly the fact that the 2011 1-Series M Coupe will be powered by the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter six from the Z4 sDrive35iS with the power output slightly increased to “about 340 hp”. This bi turbo engine will come mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission and the price, while not official, is expected to sit somewhere between the 135i (starts around $37k) and the current M3 which starts around $58k with “a clear tendency towards the 135i” according to Albert Biermann, Head of Development at BMW.

The BMW 1-Series M Coupe brings M performance minus the M price

While the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe will not get the dual clutch (automatic) transmission or the naturally aspirated V8 from the modern M3 Coupe, BMW promises that the high performance 1-Series will offer similarities to its bigger brother. The brakes, chassis and rear differential setup on the prototypes of the 2011 1-Series M Coupe are all similar and we can expect those items to carry over when the company releases full information on the car in December.

Also, during his interview with, Mr. Biermann commented that they expect the 1-Series M Coupe to be about 10 seconds faster around the M3 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife – giving us a very clear idea of just how fast this car will be. If this car is that incredible and is going to have a price between $37k and $58k (the exact middle would be around $47,000), its sad that only 2,700 examples will be offered worldwide as they're going to be hard to get ahold of.

The 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe is set to make its US debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show but we have been assured a steady stream of information leading up to the December unveiling of full information.

Click here for a look at the full interview with Mr. Biermann at

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