Won't ever happen.
Earlier this week, BMW premiered the first-ever 1 Series Sedan that will be produced and sold exclusively in China – at least initially. It is based on the UKL platform, which also gives a base for several Mini models and the 2 Series van family.
All that we know about the car so far makes us believe it won’t ever get a high performance version. While it sounds like a cool idea, the facts that it is limited to the Chinese market and has a FWD layout turns the idea into no go.
But let’s have a moment of dreaming. This hot little sedan, pictured above, comes courtesy of designer X-Tomi from Hungary, who has applied several familiar M procedures to the entry-level BMW vehicle. Yes, it strongly resembles the bigger M5, but brings its own charisma and traditional M spirit.
Probably, if it ever receives a hot variant, the 1 Series Sedan will get something in the vein of the M235i, but that still sounds highly unlikely. Focus on hybrid powertrains is more important, as customers in China are starting to like light hybrids more and more each day.
The most powerful 1 Series Sedan we can imagine could have the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit of Mini’s JCW models that generates 231 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque.