SkiddMark reader Andrew Mulholland was one of the first customers to view BMW’s new 1 Series M Coupe when he joined us at our photoshoot last Thursday. He got the chance after responding to one of my tweets a few weeks ago (you can follow us at @DriversRepublic), offering a reader the chance to meet BMW’s new M car, and it took him all of about 3 seconds to accept the invitation when asked!
It feels like we’ve been waiting an eternity to see BMW’s newest M-car set free of its body mask and released on the road. We’ll have to wait a little longer before it can be driven, so today is all about drinking in its muscular lines, discovering all of its unique M-features and describing what it’s really like to see for the first time.
In less than 48 hours from now we’ll be sitting in a production 1 Series M Coupé, getting to know it’s unique features and learning just how special M Division’s new entry-level model really is. Despite initial reservations when the M Coupé was first revealed, I’m really looking forward to seeing and touching it for myself.
The BMW 6 Series Concept first appeared back in September, but of course everyone already knew this was as near as dammit the actual production 6 Series Coupé due to go on sale in 2011.
Rather than launch it as a Coupé, BMW have chosen to initially launch the new 6 Series design as convertible – a somewhat unusual decision given that most of us are heading into winter, but the car won’t go on sale here in the UK until 26 March 2011, which should give enough time for the snow and ice to depart although it’s still unlikely to be the most encouraging weather for top-down motoring.
As if they weren’t already quick enough, Wiesmann have now fitted BMW’s innovative twin-turbo V8 engines with its exhaust superchargers fitted centrally in the V of the cylinder banks. Starting in the new year, the Wiesmann GT and Roadster MF4 and MF5 can now be ordered with the new engine type which is considerably more efficient and economical than their predecessors.
BMW’s 1 Series M Coupé is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars to arrive from BMW in the past decade, with the E92 M3 now sporting a 414-bhp V8 and costing well above £50,000 it hardly fits the role of “BMW’s entry level M car” any more. What was needed was a more affordable model, harking back to the very first E30 M3 and providing access to the M-power ladder from a more affordable and approachable package.
If you’re around and about in the UK during the next few weeks, then you might possibly spot BMW’s 1 Series M Coupé on the roads near BMW’s Bracknell HQ. If not then stay tuned during the next few days for first glimpses of the undisguised new baby M-car, showing off its unique burnt orange paintwork regarding which Dr. Kay Segler, CEO of BMW M GmbH, stated last month “This paint will make history”.
With less than two weeks to go before the Paris Motor Show, BMW has revealed the Concept 6 Series Coupé, a low-slung 2+2-seater sporting 20-inch multispoke wheels milled from a solid aluminium block. Based on the current 5 Series’ underpinnings and the design language of the Gran Coupé shown in Beijing, we expect this ‘concept’ to be on sale as the fully-fledged production 6 Series in early 2011.
Unveiled. The Video. BMW’s new 1 Series M Coupe gets its kit off, one piece at a time..
New video footage of the ‘Club Sport’ M3 GTS in action around Ascari, together with soundbites from Rolf Scheibner.
Will the new 1 Series M Coupe tick all the right boxes for an M car? What do you think?
It’s the smallest M car, but it won’t be the lightest – does it really hark back to the E30 M3?