In a recent interview with the German magazine, Auto News, Dr. Kay Segler, BMW M GmbH’s Managing Director, confirmed the long rumored 1-Series M. He said the car will go on sale in the second quarter of 2011. Of course every one knew about the existence of the car, but it is the very first time a BMW representative officially confirms it. And the fact that it came from the head honcho of BMW M sends this rumor into fact city.
Segler also said that the car will not be called the M1 - that will remain a name reserved in history by the original M1 that debuted thirty years ago. He did not reveal the name of the car, but he did said it will be built in limited numbers. The 1-series M will probably follow along the engine lines of the 135i producing 306hp.
From what we know of the BMW M1 it will also feature a central duct, brake air ducts, an additional two ducts on the bonnet, two air intakes on the front wings for a typical M look, and the bar that incorporates the side indicator light. It will also have widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, and large brakes with cross-drilled rotors.
Next, Dr. Kay Segler said that the 2011 M5 will be powered by the same V8 engine used in the X5 and X6 M, but tweaked to deliver between 585-600HP. Since this is the same engine we thought the BMW M5 would have, we can estimate that it will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package. BMW M’s goal with this car is a "Two Cars in One": a daily driving car that could be transformed into a racetrack beast with just the touch of a button.
Hopefully, we will be able to see these two vehicles very soon. We expect the BMW M5 first, possibly at the Paris Motor Show. The 1-series M should make its appearance sometime early next year.