BMW releases the first pictures and technical details of the 1-Series M coupe, the Bavarian marked as Motorsport and Audi RS3 future rival. The new car is expected to be available from next year to an estimated average price of 50,000 €.
OVERBOOST SYSTEM: Under the hood of the M Coupe “beats” the TwinPower turbo 6-cylinder 3.0-liter with 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque available from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (the limiter is at 7,000 rpm) with a weight/ power ratio of 4.4 kg per horsepower. This is basically the same engine fitted to the BMW Z4 Roadster sDrive35is, but the 1 Series Coupé can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach 200 km/h from rest in 17.3 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h electronically limited. To be reported is the presence of an overboost function – that allows for a few seconds to have extra 50 Nm – the compound high performance braking system and the regulation of driving stability with M Dynamic Mode (MDM).
OPTIMIZED AERODYNAMIC: 4.38 meters long, 1.80 meters wide and low “only” 1.43 meters, the new sport of Munich looks muscular and full of personality. The car track is wider than the 135i of 7.1 cm at the front and 4.6 cm at the rear wich can accommodate the large 19-inch alloy wheels. Tires sizes are 245/35/R19 front axle and 265/35/R19 for the rear, while the brake discs measures 360 and 350 mm. Of particular importance is the use of Air Curtains exploiting the front skirt to channel optimally air into ducts high 10 cm wide 3 cm that bled in the two “gills” obtained in the front wheel arches and lower the air vortices. Exterior tints comes in three colors: pastel Alpinweiss (white) Sapphire Metallic (black) and the exclusive Valencia Orange Metallic (orange).
SPORTY INTERIOR: Complete with all the safety equipment of last generation, the M Coupe offers sporty interior, yet elegant, complete with electrically heated seats in leather with contrasting orange stitching, alcantara inserts, multifunction steering wheel in leather and also included M command to activate the car’s sporty setup. Among reports is the optional Comfort Access to entry and and starting Keyless, the rear Park Distance Control, USB and audio system Harman Kardon Surround Sound. On request may also be ordered the useful BMW Assist, BMW Online and Adaptive Headlights with Cornering Lights for the variable distribution of the beam and adaptive adjustment of the depth illumination.
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