2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Bmw 1-Series M Coupe priced from $47,010

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2011

The latest addition to BMW’s widely acclaimed M lineup is the BMW 1 Series, which is aimed at members of the public who have a thirst for high performance sports cars. Other successful BMW M products are the BMW 3.0 CSL, the mid-engined M1 and the M535i. Apparently, the motorsport heritage has been passed on to the smallest vehicle in BMW's range, resulting to a more agile and lighter version of the popular compact sedan.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the first vehicle that BMW M GmbH has worked on for this class. It sought to incorporate race-oriented performance in a car that is designed for daily use.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe uses chassis technology that stemmed directly from motor racing and this was then combined with the powerful twin-turbocharged in-line six cylinder engine, which delivers 340 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).

This enabled the vehicle to sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds while the 125 mph (200 km/h) mark is reached in 17.3 seconds. The design features on the new 1 Series M are as impressive as its level of performance.

To boost the aerodynamics and handling of the vehicle, BMW's M division added functional and styling features. The 1 Series M is 55 mm (about 2 inches) wider than the 135i Coupe so that the vehicle can have an optimized axle track, which was required to attain a dynamic behavior that's specific to this model.

The interior, which is designed exclusively for this model, features sport seats covered in black Boston leather contrasting with the orange-colored stitching. The highly sought-after M-badge is embossed in the headrests.  The hotly-anticipated 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will go on sale with a base MSRP of $47,010, including $875 Destination & Handling fee!

Press Release

BMW Announces Pricing for Detroit Auto Show World Premieres

BMW announces the base prices for several new models which debuted today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The hotly-anticipated 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will go on sale with a base MSRP of $47,010. The stunning, all-new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible will start at $91,375. Finally, the updated and better-equipped 2012 BMW 1 Series models will be priced as-follows: 128i Coupe, $31,825, 135i Coupe, $39,925, 128i Convertible, $37,475, 135i Convertible, $44,675. All prices include $875 Destination & Handling fee.

The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, at $47,010, is a car built by BMW's most enthusiastic engineers for BMW's most enthusiastic drivers, and signals the youthful, energetic future of BMW M. Essentially a BMW M3 chassis with Competition Package packed into a modified 1 Series body, the 1 Series M Coupe is one of the fastest, most remarkable M vehicles ever built. It features one of the most powerful inline-6 engines BMW has ever built, massive brakes, and a very wide footprint for maximum agility and stability in the spirit of the original BMW M3, which was a race-ready homologation special. The 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantity as a 2011 model.

BMW's magnificent new 650i Convertible ($91,375) features a lower, wider canvas on which the designers have crafted an elegant shape of pure dynamic presence. Going on sale as a 2012 model, the 650i Convertible features BMW's 4.4-liter, "reverse flow" V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available including the standard 6-speed manual and BMW's brilliant optional 8-speed automatic, both suited perfectly to the sport-luxury mission of the 6 Series. As with the previous 6 Series Convertible, the new 650i Convertible features a super insulated folding soft top which can retract in a mere 19 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 25 miles per hour. The interior of the new 650i Convertible features a fresh, ergonomic design with more passenger space, improved ergonomics, and superb materials choices, including optional full-leather trim with contrasting stitching.

Last, but not least, the popular BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models have received substantial enhancements for an early start to the 2012 model year. The 128i model has received BMW's innovative Air Curtain system, which smoothes airflow over the front wheels to reduce wind resistance. All 1 Series models receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, featuring a new "eyebrow" design up front and new tail lights at rear. Xenon Adaptive headlights - standard on 135i models, optional on 128i models – add LED backlighting for the new eyebrow and LED light tubes in the tail lights. All 1 Series models now feature standard iPod/USB integration. Convertible models now feature standard through-loading system for improved storage capacity, while 135i models gain standard power seats with adjustable lumbar support. Convertible models receive larger light-alloy wheels, now 17" diameter on 128i Convertible and 18" diameter on the 135i Convertible.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, as well as the 2012 650i Convertible, and 1 Series Coupe and Convertible arrive at authorized BMW centers this Spring.

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