BMW has merged its concept of racing-oriented performance characteristics in a car developed for everyday use with the unveiling of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, making the M brand accessible to the younger market that has been the target of the 1-Series.
With a 3-liter inline-six, M TwinPower Turbo-equipped engine packed into a coupe body, the 1-Series in essence combined the technology of a high-performance car with the agility and lightness of a compact vehicle.
The 1-Series M Coupe's aggressive streak is evident in the exterior. Its front fascia's lower section is dominated by three huge air intakes, the wheel arches give the car a broad and sporty appearance while the discreet lip spoiler on the boot gives the 1-Series M Coupe additional downforce on the rear axle at high speeds.
With its engine putting out 340hp while only lugging 1,495 kilograms around, the 1-Series M Coupe has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.4 kilograms per horsepower. This enables the sports car to accelerate from zero to 100kph in 4.9 seconds. The 200kph mark is achieved 12.4 seconds later before its speed limiter kicks in at 250kph. Transmitting the car's power to its rear wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox, which will definitely please M-brand purists.
Despite being performance oriented, the 1-Series M Coupe is still fuel efficient and environment friendly, consuming only 9.6 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers. Its carbon dioxide emissions are at 224 grams per kilometer.
BMW's exclusive distributor in the Philippines, Asian Carmakers Corp., is bringing in BMW's M models next year so it may only be a matter of time before we see the 1-Series M Coupe on our streets.