Backfliponthe pocket rocket
A wide-bodied BMW 1-Series is caught in the act, writes Paul Gover
AFTER years of denials, BMW is close to launching its M1 pocket rocket. The German brand said it would never make a full-on M-car based on its baby 1-Series, but the latest Carparazzi pictures reflect a major backflip. Or perhaps a car which is an M1 in everything but its name.
The wide-body 1-Series is caught during country runs near BMW headquarters in Munich and it is clearly very different even from the 135i coupe.
The biggest change is the flared wheel arches and giant alloy wheels, which wrap around huge four-wheel disc brakes.
The M1 is expected to get its motivation from a 260kW inline six-cylinder engine fitted with twin turbochargers.
It will make the car easily the most powerful in its class, with a 0-100km/ h sprint time in the 5.5-second range.
The Carparazzi pictures also show a much deeper front airdam with bigger radiator opening, as well as scoops to the front brakes.
The M1 is set to be previewed this year, probably at the Paris Motor Show in October, with sales from next year.
Spotted: the M1, with flared wheel arches and giant alloy wheels, was spied on a run near BMW headquarters in Munich. Picture: Carparazzi