Days before the official debut of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe BMW is already planning on future versions of the vehicle. A 1-Series M Convertible may be in the works, as is a special edition version referenced by a BMW source as the "GTS/CSL".

Back in 1975, BMW built a special 3.0 CSL homologated for the European Touring Car Championship. The car was a star during the season winning almost all that it was to be won. Apparently this is the car that will inspire the future special edition 1-Series M Coupe in terms of its exterior design and graphics.

A BMW insider told JonSibal: "Anything is possible, we have ideas and the creativity to expand. In the end it all comes down to the reception of the car. 1M is more personal than any other M car. It has to be more upfront with the customer because it is developed entirely for the customer who want something pure."

UPDATE 01/16/11: Jon Sibal’s rendering of the BMW 1M was so widely received in the industry that a number of company’s are pooling their resources together to build a special edition one-off project based on his work. According to Jon himself, he will be working on the project with Chicago BMW tunner IND Distribution to bring the 1M rendering to life. Joining Jon and IND in their project will be Patrick BMW, ESS Tuning, Brembo, KW suspension, Challenge Engineering, and Eisenmann Exhaust Systems. No word yet on when the build is going to begin, but nonetheless, it’s a car that we’re all looking forward to seeing once it’s finished.

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW 1-Series M Coupe GTS/CSL.

Exterior and Interior

This special edition will mean the same for the 1-Series M Coupe as did the recently launched GTS for the E92 M3. The main focus will be to reduce weight as much as possible. And with a few HP under the hood this will be the perfect recipe to make the 1-Series M Coupe GTS/CSL faster than any other 1-Series ever.

The Engine

Like the 1-Series M Coupe, the GTS/CSL version will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, but with an addition of 20-30 HP. This will make it good for an impressive 360-370 HP. The motor will be connected to six-speed manual transmission.

The Competition

The future BMW 1-Series M coupe will take on models like the Porsche Cayman S and the Audi TT-RS.

The Audi TT-RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that produces 340 HP and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4,6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). The Cayman S with PDK dual-clutch automatic and Launch Control can do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

When Can I Buy One?

If you are interested in this special edition, don’t expect to be able to order it until the 1-Series M Coupe goes out of production sometime towards the end of 2012.

Source: Jonsibal

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  (25) posted on 05.16.2012

Bmw 135i M cuopes are developing very nicely. V6 engine should be developed to V8 engine.

  (815) posted on 05.10.2011

For sure there’s nothing new with the design of this car and still they will used their traditional look!hmm. Talking about its competitor, I think this car is the better option. With the small difference in the figure performance I’m sure its enough to call this car faster.

  (777) posted on 03.31.2011

Don’t even try to compare the mustang with 1 series. I find the convertible version every stunning but opposite of the interior. I think the leather materials used for the exterior makes the car looks so cheap.

  (460) posted on 03.14.2011

Personally, this car reminds me of some of Audi’s earlier efforts, massive technology used to counter a ’wrong’ plan.

  (466) posted on 02.1.2011

You mentioned tuning the V8 to put in the 1M? Why? This isn’t GM, Chrysler or Ford we are talking about, where you can get away with building a car from the parts bin, this is BMW’s M division. They create one off engines for each of their M cars that are specifically designed for the dimensions and weight of the cars.

  (541) posted on 02.1.2011

I guess i should have explained what obvious meant. BMW isn’t about to offer the same V8 engine as the M3 in a $12k cheaper "entry-level M". That is obvious.

  (409) posted on 01.30.2011

ask yourself a question , how come they always cancel a great car? their excuse is it will not be profitable , or to it wont pay off , or there is o market for lets say M5 CSL.? Make a super ultra M5 , and it wont sell? a super car wont sell? a coupe wont sell?

  (427) posted on 01.30.2011

the truth is that BMW could make better cars , make concepts into reality , make invincible M cars , however there are politics who don’t want to make this happen , and it never will.

  (1211) posted on 01.24.2011

Personally, this car reminds me of some of Audi’s earlier efforts, massive technology used to counter a ’wrong’ plan.

  (692) posted on 01.23.2011

Well, since the Mustang GT was exactly 0.1sec slower around a track than the M3, I’d bet that the Mustang beats the (slower than the M3) 1M
relatively easily. Only time will tell, though.

  (702) posted on 01.19.2011

With the official reveal of the 1 Series M Coupe just over a week away, BMW is already considering more versions of the small sports car to meet demand.

  (807) posted on 01.19.2011

If you thought BMW had released all the details on its new 1 Series M Coupe last week, you’d be wrong. Marketing the car as a true enthusiast’s machine, almost all 1 M Coupe’s sold are certain to find their way onto a race track and so BMW has gone though the effort of testing the car on THE race track – the Nürburgring.

  (309) posted on 01.17.2011

i think you can buy this online, but I bet you’ll get it in a 3 digit number, plus the actual shape of the hood will be different so you’ll have to take extra caution when installing the decals.

  (291) posted on 01.17.2011

yes I’m really impressed with the M series decal, it looks more aggresssive with that M signature stripes. I wonder where can I buy those decals. I’d really love to installed it to my 1998 Bimmer 3 series.

  (648) posted on 12.7.2010

great looking decal, I really love it. specially the m1’s design, but honestly I love the hatch model of the m1 rather than the sedan.

  (1333) posted on 12.7.2010

on cars with little or no downforce (road cars, even super cars) the added contact area might minimize effective grip by not putting enough pressure on the road.

  (765) posted on 12.7.2010

i think it’s clever marketing. most people don’t know (or don’t care) that a new model is on the way, and it creates new interest in their ageing car, so they can shift a few more units before the end of its life.

  (571) posted on 12.6.2010

are those BMW stripes come in optional? or is it just a modified car decals that you can buy on any automotive stores?

adrian  (90) posted on 12.6.2010

Always wanted to drive one of those! Just to see how it rides. Not sure I’ll be a client, since lately the BMW cars that I have seen in accidents are too many. This, of course, is not due the car reliability or something like this, but due the fact that the BMW brand attracts some insane people that put at risk the safety on the road.

adrian  (777) posted on 12.5.2010

So what if someone put in an order in say, March. And were then given a delivery date 6 months down the line?

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