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 M-Power.com, 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 M-power.com.