A reader has snapped these photos of a curious-looking BMW 1 Series Coupe prototype in Munich. Could it be an AWD 1er with xDrive or the coming of a tii model?

A WCF reader has taken pictures of a BMW 1 Series Coupe in Munich. However, this is no ordinary 1er. According to our "spy" it features a carbon fibre roof and 19-inch wheels shod with 265/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. More interesting are the wide rear wheel arches which suggest an xDrive-equipped 1 Coupe could be undergoing testing. The 1 has not had AWD before so if it happens it would be a first.

What piqued our curiosity even more is the fact that these images were snapped on a road directly from BMW's M-GmbH. Munich has repeatedly stated that a 1 Series-based M car was out of the question. But two years ago a performance-bred 1 Series Coupe tii Concept car did the international motor show circuit. It featured carbon fibre materials and other lightweight construction substances.

The current ranger-topper is the RWD 135i Coupe with the BMW Performance Power Kit producing 240kW (326hp) and up to 450Nm of torque.


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