2011 NAIAS: BMW 1 Series M Coupe [Live Photos]
The vehicle warns everybody that it is ready for road/track/car park/whatever war, as it comes with beefy wheel arches, 19-inch Y-spoke M alloy rims, dual chrome tailpipes, a rear spoiler lip, visually violent front and rear aprons with an army of air intakes and side openings.
Customers can choose to have the car finished in Alpine White non-metallic, Black Sapphire metallic and the exclusive Valencia Orange metallic.
There’s plenty of power and torque (340 hp and 450 Nm- 500 with overboost) coming from a 2,979 cc in-line six-cylinder twin-turbocharged unit that uses direct injection and double VANOS variable valve timing. The figures speak for themselves, with the coupe hitting 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and offering an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Yes, the beast comes with an M button allowing the lucky person behind the wheel to select between a torque-focuses, more docile engine setup and the devilish M Dynamic Mode (MDM) which offers full performance.
The vehicle’s chassis uses components that were initially destined for the M3, with the car tipping the scales at 1,495 kg. BMW has brought an aluminum offensive for the suspension, extensively using the material for the suspension in order to keep the weight down.
The braking system uses inner-vented and perforated discs with a diameter of 360mm at the front and 350mm at the rear. The vehicle comes with a hydraulic power steering system that promises to offer a high level of feedback.
The list of electronic systems includes Dynamic Stability Control, the brake assistant Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), a drive-off assistant, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), an anti-fading function and a dry brake function.
Passengers can enjoy features like two-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, BMW Radio Business with MP3-capable CD player and six speakers, and a Boston leather interior with Alcantara trim and Kyalami orange stitching.
Now that the vehicle has made its public debut, it is almost ready to hit the market - German release date: May.
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