BMW 1 Series M Coupe UK videoMon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700
BMW 1-Series M Coupe - arriving in the UK this month
Will BMW build a 1 series M car, we all wondered? And if they did, would it be the BMW M1. Surely not, we all concluded. You can’t wreck an iconic brand by attaching it to BMW’s lowliest model. And of course, BMW didn’t. Instead, they called their hot baby the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and launched it back in December.
And very appealing it seems. Sporting the twin-turbo six-pot N54 lump from the Z4 sdrive35is, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe musters 335bhp and 332lb/ft of torque which it puts down through a six-speed ‘box.
That makes for a 0-60mph of 4.9 seconds – just a tick behind the M3 despite two fewer cylinders and 79 fewer horses. Formidable performance.
But the performance needs to be formidable because the price is too – £40k, as near as makes no difference. That’s a good £12k less than the M3, but still a sizeable chink of money for a 1-Series – of any description. Not that it will stop the 1 Series M Coupe selling like hot cakes.
But just to make sure – and with the first physical 1 Series M Coupes arriving in the UK this month – BMW UK has cobbled together a video showing the 1 Series M Coupe strutting its stuff, shredding its tyres and going sideways in a very appealing manner.
Appealing though the VT is, we doubt it’s needed to shift the cars. But we’re glad BMW made the effort.
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By Cars UK