BMW considering several versions of the 1-Series M Coupe: GTS and CSL

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 6, 2010

Expect to see several iterations of the upcoming E82 1M Coupe, according to car designer Jon Sibal. He cited BMW sources who said that the premium carmaker is considering special edition options for the 1M Coupe. One possibility is a limited series variant that is inspired by BMW classics as the E36 LTW, E46 CSL and the more recent E92 GTS.

In particular, Sibal said that BMW is looking at a "Performance Program" for the 1M Coupe. The BMW insider told Sibal that the carmaker has “ideas and the creativity to expand” and that how this will play out will depend on how the car is received.

The next 1M Coupe will be arriving in a few days but production is slated to only run until the spring of 2012, spanning slightly more than a year.

BMW’s initial plan had been to reduce the 1M Coupe's number to 2,700 units but now, the company said that it will attempt to cope with the demands in the market.

Sibal is not certain if a special edition 1M Coupe of this present generation will be introduced. He said that his source said that it’s likely that BMW will hold onto those ideas for the next-generation.

The 1M Coupe that will be revealed later this month will feature a 250 kW (340 PS / 335 bhp) twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine. According to a BMW product sheet listing all of the 1-Series engines, this U.S. specified model has 332 kW (451 PS / 445 bhp).

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