dimanche 16 octobre 2011

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe – The high-performance Driving Machine

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a high-performance version of the BMW 1 Series Coupe, developed by BMW's tuning branch BMW M. It is currently the smallest and cheapest M model available. The name was chosen to avoid confusion with the original BMW M1.

BMW M Boss Dr. Kay Segler officially announced the making of the M variant of the BMW 1-Series Coupe on July 9, 2010, via an official YouTube video and press release. On December 9 2010, BMW officially announced all details on the car exclusively on the internet.

Unlike other M models (like the M3 and M5) which use M-derived engines named Sxx, the 1 Series M Coupe uses a M-tuned, twin turbocharged version of the N54engine, as found in the 335is and Z4sDrive35is. Still a 3.0 litre inline 6 cylinder engine with direct injection, it produces 335 hp (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb·ft (450 N·m) torque from 1500-4500 rpm (with +369 lb·ft (500 N·m) overboost). The redline is 7,000 rpm. Official 0-60 mph time is 4.7 seconds, quarter mile (~400 m) in 13.2 seconds. The car is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed. There is an M Drive button that activates a quicker throttle response program. The sole available gearbox is a 6-speed manual transmission with an M gearshift knob, dry sump lubrication system, and 3.15:1 final drive ratio.

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