M division CEO Dr. Friedrich Nitschke has confirmed BMW is planning a successor for the limited-run 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe.

Rumors about such a model surfaced in July last year but now we have official confirmation a range-topping 1-Series is in the pipeline. Unfortunately, Nitschke did not disclose any information about the car but it is believed it will be based on the M135i. The car should make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Nitschke said the M135i has been very successful so far for BMW but it's not being considered as a pure M car. As a reminder, the car is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine producing 320 HP (235 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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