Here is some bad news for the fans of the smallest and most affordable M model in BMW’s portfolio. According to Matt Russell, the M brand manager from America, the Germans will end the production of the current 1 Series M Coupe in December this year.
Even we knew that the M model will benefit just from a limited production, this decision is quite shocking as we talk about the cheapest M-badged model from BMW but still able to deliver good performance, a recipe that should bring good sales, at least in theory. Until now, BMW Group issued no press release announcing that the production of the 1 Series M Coupe will end along with this year but there is no reason to think that the U.S. M manager lied us.
Matt Russell also stated that the model will be manufactured in less than 1,000 units but declined to tell us how many units are left. Therefore, if you want to get one of the limited units, you would better hurry up as we can’t tell you exactly how many of them are already sold, an increased amount of orders being expected in the following months due to this early production interruption.
As you probably know, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit able to produce 335 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, the power being sent to the wheels by a six-speed manual transmission. With these resources, the Bavarian model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,7 seconds and achieves a top speed of 250 km/h. A month ago, the 1 Series M managed to beat the M3 E92 at the Hockenheim circuit by obtaining a lap time of 1:14.1 being 0.1 seconds faster than its bigger brother.
While there are no official details explaining us why BMW wants to end the production so early, some rumors claiming that the 335-horsepower unit which fits the German model is the main cause emerged. To be more exact, the 3.0-liter V6 N54 unit suffered major modifications in order to be a good choice for the current 1 Series M Coupe, the new year bringing some tighter regulations in terms of pollution, something that will make the engine ineligible. BMW will quit manufacturing the N54 unit and therefore, the smallest M has to be pulled out of production.