Despite any official acknowledgment from BMW, our sources close to the brand place the BMW M1 Concept on the floors at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In the mean time, winter testing continues and the spy photographers over at SportAuto Online have spotted a test mule during one of the driving sessions.
The 2012 BMW M1 is said to be inspired from BMW’s tii Concept revealed in 2007. The new M1 is rumored to come equipped with a revised version of the N55 twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder engine producing around 345 horsepower and north of 300 lb-ft of torque.
The M1 will differ from the standard 1 Series Coupe with a more muscular appearance, especially at the front-end which receives a trapezoid grille flanked by two intakes that allow air to cool the six piston brakes. The larger front grille also allows air into the high performance intercooler. The M1 headlights follow the typical M look by having enclosed “eyebags” that emphasize the front of the car even more, providing a more sportier look than the standard 1 Series Coupe.
The rear-end has a wider stance with broader wheel arches to accommodate the larger track. The classic “Ducktail” appearance makes a welcomed return with the spoiler now integrated as part of the bootlid for a more cohesive look and additional aid for aerodynamics.
The rear valance/diffuser area takes its direction from the standard 135i, but with open ducts for aerodynamic purposes. The duct is separated by the typical M quad exhaust pipes. The roof of the car receives the M3 Coupe’s reinforced Carbon Fiber Roof to help maintain the lightweight concept.
The M1 will feature standard 18″ 5-spoke wheels with optional 18″ Competition wheels.
As we mentioned, the an M1 Concept is rumored to appear at the Geneva Motor Show and a final production model to be launched sometimes next year.
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Author: Horatiu B.
Source: http://www.bmwblog.com/2010/02/13/spy-p ... than-ever/