The Closest Thing to the Bmw M1? The Bmw 130i M Sport LE.
Automotive enthusiasts prepare to be dissapointed: there is a new version coming out of the Bmw 1-series called the 130i M-sport Le which features the most M-goodness ever placed on a Bmw 1-series. The 130I M-sport Le features M-sports suspension, M-sport body kit. M-sport 18inch multipspoke wheels, M-steering wheel , and lastly a special bespoke color and lemon interior. Why should you be dissapointed though?
Dissapointment sets in when you realize , that it is only offered in Europe and only in a limited quanitity of 160! Even if you tried to export, it would be tough to find someone to sell one. You’d be better off being all the M-sport parts and putting them to your 1 Series here in the United States when it becomes availalbe.
Lastly, this new 130i M-sport Le is the closest thing to having an M1 at this point. The engine still dissapoints me when they could have put in the new 335 engine in the 1 Series and called it a 135i M-Sport. Now that would be a really exciting automobile.