Look out for pirates.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé leaves the harbour.
Pirate, noun, masculine [Ital. pirata < Lat. pirata < Greek peirates] = robber of ships at sea. That’s the dictionary definition.
When people talked about the Pirate at BMW M GmbH in recent months, they generally spoke in terms of happy expectations and rarely referred to the sea. Nonetheless, this code name does not seem entirely random. After all, the aim of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé is to plunder unknown territorial waters and to make it easier to gain a foothold in the BMW M world.
The aim is to offer fans, both young and not-so-young, a car that concentrates on what is most important: the driving experience.
When the BMW M3 first gave wing to the drams of automobile enthusiasts 25 years ago, no one could ever have expected the success that would be enjoyed by the compact sports car. The successes of the M3 have been considerable to date, not least in long-distance races. The model itself has also increased in size. The length and wheelbase have now reached dimensions that two generations ago would have been associated with a BMW 5 Series. These figures alone make it clear that there is room for another model beneath the BMW M3.
This is precisely the purpose of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé. Like its forebears from the 1980’s, this car has no unnecessary frills. It is available in three paint finishes, the interior is fixed, there is one transmission variant and one chassis design. Oh, and let’s not forget: a whole load of fun. That’s all.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to drive the small M will immediately understand what this means. Something that may seem comparatively unspectacular on paper becomes a sensation with every meter traveled. The great-looking packaging is like the icing on the cake.
The first things you notice are the wider fenders. They make room for the wider track – with an extra 71 mm on the front axle and 44 mm on the back in comparison with the BMW 135i, you already get a feeling of the kind of driving dynamism available here before the car has even moved. Typically for the BMW M, the front of the car features a number of ventilation slots. The narrow, vertical openings are something new. These open into the wheel arches, creating an “air curtain”. The air is diverted to the wheel arches in such a way that it emerges along the front wheels. This optimizes flow and reduces air resistance. On the sides can be found a modern interpretation of the M grill and the M wing mirrors in the BMW M3 design. Wheels in competition design and format give the BMW 1 Series M Coupé a really strong look. Last but not least, there are the obligatory four exhaust pipes on the back. When it comes to the exterior paintwork, the designers have concentrated on what really counts. The choices are: Alpine White, Sapphire Black Metallic and Valencia Orange Metallic.
Valencia Orange is also found in the interior. This is black throughout, featuring panels of Alcantara, while the contrasting orange-colored steam provides an eye-catching element. The driver’s cockpit doesn’t just look good, it fits like a glove. The M seats connect the driver with the machine and, as he stares at the gray-backed speedometer, he will have just one wish – to press the ignition.
On command, the six-cylinder engine wakes with a sonorous sound. After only a few meters, the 340 turbo HP output will make its present felt with its spontaneous responsiveness, which can be sharpened even further with a touch of the M key on the steering wheel. The 450 Nm torque, which increases quickly to 500 Nm via overboost, offers all the power you could ask for. However there is one thing the car doesn’t have: turbo lag. The standard sprint to 100 km/h is completed in 4.9 seconds, while the 200 km/h mark is reached in just 17.3 seconds. With its direct steering and 6-speed manual gearbox, the BMW 1 Series M Coupé makes every driver’s wish come true. Anyone taking a bend at speed will immediately notice the familiar performance of the variable M differential lock. The finely coordinated chassis connects the car to the road in the tried-and-tested M manner, ensuring the necessary road-holding and dispensing with exaggerated hardness. Whether on the public roads or on the race track, the BMW 1 Series M Coupé will be a genuine surprise for some more powerful cars. If you like, it expresses all the virtues you’d expect from the M family in a nutshell. Accordingly, the aim of the marketing men to position the BMW 1 Series M Coupé as a raider in the compact sports cars market is certainly not too far from reality. In particular, because the youngest member of the Garching stable is the only genuine coupé in its class. The car will have its first outing in May 2011 at a price tag of Euro 50,500.
Dr. Kay Segler, president of the executive board at BMW M GmbH, puts it in a nutshell: “The BMW 1 Series M Coupé is M technology at its purest. If you miss out this opportunity, you’ll only have yourself to blame.” He’s absolutely right.
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Here are the technical specs on the new car (available in early 2011 in North America) –
|Specifications||1 Series M Coupe||135i|
|0 – 100 kph||4.9 s||5.3 s|
|0 – 200 kph||17.3 s|
|Top Speed||250 kph||250 kph|
|Power/Weight Ratio||4.4 kg/bhp||4.75 kg/bhp|
|Power/Displacement Ratio||114.1 bhp/l||102.7 bhp/l|
|Type/valves||in-line 6 / 4||in-line 6 / 4|
|Engine Technology||M Twin Power Turbo||BMW Twin Turbo|
|Stroke / Bore||89.6 / 84.0||89.6 / 84.0|
|Output (kw/PS/bhp)||250 / 340 / 335||225 / 306 / 300|
|@||5900 rpm||5800 rpm|
|Torque (Nm / lb-ft)||450 (+50 overboost) / 332 (+37 overboost)||400 / 295|
|@||1500 – 4500||1200 – 5000|
|Transmission Type||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Gear ratio I / II / III||4.110 / 2.315 / 1.542||4.110 /2.315 / 1.542|
|Gear ratio IV / V / VI||1.179 / 1 / 0.846||1.179 / 1 / 0.846|
|doors / seats||2 / 4||2 / 4|
|Track Width front (mm)||1541||1470|
|Track Width rear (mm)||1541||1497|
|Turning Circle||11.5 m||10.7 m|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||53 l||53 l|
|Cooling System incl.heating||10.4 l||8.2 l|
|Engine Oil||6.5 l||6.5 l|
|Unladen Weight DIN / EU||1495 kg / 1570 kg||1455 kg / 1530 kg|
|Weight US||3296 lbs||3373 lbs|
|Trunk Capacity||370 l||370 l|
|Driving Dynamics / Safety|
|Suspension, Front||Aluminium double pivot spring-strut front axle with trailing link; small positive kingpin offset: lateral force compensation; brake dive reduction||Double-joint tiebar spring strut axle, aluminium|
|Suspension, Rear||Five-link axle in lightweight construction with drive-off and brake dive compensation||Five-arm axle, lightweight steel|
|Brake, Front||Single piston floating caliper compound disc brakes||Six-piston fixed-calliper disc brakes|
|Diameter (mm)||360 x 30, vented and perforated||338 x 26, vented|
|Brake, Rear||Single piston floating caliper compound disc brakes||Two-piston fixed-calliper disc brakes|
|Diameter (mm)||350 x 24, vented and perforated||324 x 22, vented|
|Driving Stability Systems||Standard: DSC incl. ABS and M Dynamic Mode (MDM), Cornering Brake Control CBC, brake assistant DBC, dry brake function, fading compensation, drive-off assistant, variable M differential lock||Standard: DSC incl ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC Cornering Brake Control, DBC Dynamic Brake Control, Dry Braking, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, M sports suspension and electronic locking function on the rear axle differential|
|Safety Features||Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for the front and rear seats, crash-active headrests at front, three-point automatic seat belts for all seats, at front with belt tensioner, belt force limiter and belt stopper, crash sensors, tyre damage display||Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger (two-stage), side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags front and rear, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, with belt retainer, belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front, crash sensors, Tyre Defect Indicator|
|Steering||Rack-and-pinion with hydraulic support and Servotronic function||Hydraulic steering|
|Steering Transmission||12.5 : 1||16.0 : 1|
|Tires Front||245/35 R19 93Y XL||215/40 R18 85Y RSC|
|Tires Rear||265/35 R19 98Y XL||245/35 R18 88Y RSC|
|Wheels Front||9J x 19 EH2 IS 31 cast aluminium||7.5J x 18 light-alloy|
|Wheels Rear||10J x 19 EH2 IS 25 cast aluminium||8.5J x 18 light-alloy|
|Safety||Special equipment features: Adaptive Headlights with cornering light, variable light distribution and adaptive headlight beam throw adjustment, high beam assistant, Park Distance Control, cruise control, automatic/extended emergency call||Optional: Adaptive Headlights with Bending Lights, High-Beam Assistant, Park Distance Control, cruise control, Automatic/Enhanced Emergency Call|
|Fuel Consumption EU|
|Emission Rating||EU 5||EU 5|
|Germany||EUR 50,500||EUR 40,100|
|US||approx. $ 46,000||$ 37,225|
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