After months of teasing, BMW has officially unveiled the 1-Series M Coupe in Detroit.
Designed to be the last word in affordable performance, the 1M features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 250 kW (340 PS / 335 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the 1,495 kg (3,295 lb) car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 17.3 seconds, and onto an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite these impressive figures, the car has a modest fuel consumption rating of 9.6 L/100km (24.5 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 224 g/km.
To back up this beefy powertrain, engineers gave the car an aluminum-intensive suspension which uses a double pivot front axle and a five-link rear. Furthermore, the coupe has been outfitted with an M differential that "responds to differences in rotational speeds in the right and left rear wheel, redirecting drive torque within a fraction of a second." Last but not least, there's a full assortment of handling technology such as DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), Antilock Brakes (ABS), anti-slip control (ASC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and Cornering Brake Control (CBC).
On the styling front, the car boasts unique fascias, flared wheel arches, and 19-inch light alloy wheels. Only three exterior colors will be available and they include Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and Valencia Orange Metallic.
Inside, designers added Boston leather sports seats (with orange contrast stitching), a revised instrument cluster, and acres of Alcantara trim. Should that fail to impress, options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon audio system, BMW ConnectedDrive and GPS navigation with an 8.8-inch display.
Slated to go on sale in May, the 1-Series M Coupe will be priced from €50,500 (including VAT) in Germany.