BMW will be taking a step further into the future with the unveiling of a new lightweight M concept car at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show. While there are still no official details on it, the first rumors suggest that the car will be "an engineering concept that will show the possibilities of how BMW M can progress in relation to a full lightweight concept in bodyshell and chassis in the future."
As most concepts go, this will just be an idea set out to get fans of BMW thinking of their options for the future and no more a production vehicle than the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept will ever be. Showing that futuristic edge will be an intense use of materials like aluminum, magnesium, thermo-plastic, and carbon fiber in key areas and a promise of great performance. It is believed that the concept will be something similar to the 2008 1-Series tii or even the M3 GTS-R. The M3 GTS-R was rumored to be a production mode, so maybe this will be a second concept for the same vehicle since that’s been quite a trend this year - here’s looking at you Toyota and Lotus.
Based on the new BMW 1 Series Coupé being presented to the world public for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show 2007, this fascinating design study is the consistent evolution of BMW’s compact two-door with a clear focus on uncompromising sportiness. With its aerodynamically optimised body, a wide range of lightweight features serving to minimise the weight of the car and its axle load distribution, as well as an interior tailored specifically to the ambitious driver, this concept study clearly offers a high level of driving dynamics right from the start.
The most significant motor show in Asia is the venue of a world debut, with the new BMW M3 Saloon being presented to the public for the first time. Following the Coupé, this is the second body version of the BMW M3 powered by a 309 kW/420 hp V8 for a truly fascinating high-performance sports car experience also in everyday traffic.