Now that BMW has revealed the BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible and the 1-Series M Coupe , it’s only natural that artists everywhere are drawing up their renditions of the M-version convertible. We obviously don’t expect the convertible to go on sale anytime before the coupe, but we will bet our annual salary that the vehicle will be produced for the eager market.
The 1-Series M Convertible will be similar to its coupe brother, with the exception of its drop top. Other than that, the convertible will feature the same sporty exterior package along with the same engine. Like with the coupe version, the convertible will be offered in three exterior colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, and Valencia Orange Metallic.
However, before we get the chance to see the convertible version, BMW will unveil the 1-Series M Coupe at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
UPDATE 12/21/2010: Check out some new renderings of the future 1-Series Convertible in the gallery provided.
Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW 1-Series M Convertible.
Exterior and Interior
The exterior will be distinguished by three large air intakes with the central one covered by a honeycomb-structured grille, large wheel arches featuring a chrome gill element with the M logo, and exterior mirrors similar to the ones from the M3.
For the interior, BMW will offer high-quality, dark Alcantara spread across the sports seats and a leather M multifunction steering wheel that features the now-ubiquitous M Button for spontaneous activation of the sharpest throttle response and M Dynamic Mode of DSC.
Like with the coupe version, the convertible will use the twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that delivers an impressive 335 HP at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission. However, being heavier than the coupe, the convertible will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in about 5 seconds, but the top speed will still be limited to 155 mph.
When Can I Buy One?
Sales for the coupe version will begin in the summer of 2011, so expect to see a convertible version by the end of 2011 with sales beginning in 2012.