Performance version of BMW 1-Series could hide under the hood a 400-horsepower engine, derived from the current 3.0 bi-turbo. In early November, sources inside BMW confirmed intentions to produce a M version of the 1-Series model. Only one month since then, have already started to appear speculation for the features of the future performance family member, born in Munich.
It seems that the future model, which may be called M1, is expected in 24 months on the European market. The compact will have six-cylinder 3.0-liter bi-turbo engine, modified to develop a total power of up to 400 horses and 500 Nm of torque. The unit will be coupled to a transmission with seven reports, available on the current M3.
The performance model will be developed on a completely new platform that could stand also at the base of the next 3-Series generation, and will feature an electronically adjustable suspension complemented by a limited slip differential. The performances will be impressive, considering we’re talking about 100 extra horsepower and 75 pounds less than the present 135i, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Pricing is not currently known, but experts estimate that could be around 50,000 euros.