Back­flipon­the pocket rocket

A wide-bod­ied BMW 1-Se­ries is caught in the act, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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

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