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4th September, 2011

The latest offering from BMW's high performance M Division, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, has arrived on Australian shores.

In a sign of the excitement surrounding the latest BMW M car, all of the initial 100 cars allocated to Australia from a limited global production run have already been pre-sold to quick-off-the-mark customers.

BMW Australia has since secured an additional 100 cars, all of which have been allocated to dealers.

Based on BMW's 1 Series Coupe, the BMW M car gains a wider stance, with trademark BMW M design motifs such as M side 'gills', quad exhausts, and sculpted, flared wheel arches. (copyright image)
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The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features an in-line 6 cylinder engine boasting twin turbo parallel turbo charging with two exhaust turbo chargers of identical size. Based on BMW's three-litre engine, this BMW M power plant sees an increase in engine output to 250kW. Torque is rated at 450 Nm, with an additional 50 Nm on tap by means of an overboost function.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe sprints to 100 km per hour in 4.9 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 9.6 litres per 100 kms, and CO2 emissions are 224 grammes per kilometre.

A newly developed six-speed transmission has been specially designed to interact with the high torque engine, yet weighs just 43 kilogrammes, making it far lighter than conventional transmissions.

The chassis technology of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is derived directly from motor sport. Components originally developed for the BMW M3 have been modified and fine-tuned in extensive testing on the Nurburgring. The double joint rear axle and five-link rear suspension are made almost entirely of aluminium.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe comes with a variable M differential lock on the rear axle as standard. With up to 100% locking power, drive torque is distributed as required and offers maximum acceleration when exiting a corner.

The M specific high performance compound brake system (360 mm front and 350 mm rear) provides strong durability under maximum load while being extremely lightweight. Derived from race car technology, the braking system on the BMW 1 Series M Coupe ensures impeccable deceleration with significantly reduced susceptibility to fading.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features BMW M's trademark 'M Dynamic Mode', which is activated through a button on the instrument panel. This ensures a higher threshold before DSC interventions occur. M Dynamic Mode enables exceptional handling through corners with deliberate drifting abilities.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe offers a particularly high standard specification in Australia. Standard features include professional navigation, voice control, internet, remote alarm system, adaptive xenon headlights, harman kardon surround sound system, M servotronic, M Drive, and 19" M light alloy wheels.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is available in three exterior paint finishes, Alpine White, Sapphire Black and Valencia Orange, which is unique to this model. Black Boston leather is the standard upholstery.

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Fuel saving technologies from BMW's EfficientDynamics technology stable, all of which are standard on the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, include brake energy regeneration, high precision injection and needs-based control of auxiliary units.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is priced at $99,900*.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe specifications:

In-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo and direct injection, capacity: 2,979 cc, output: 250 kW/340 bhp at 5,900 rpm, max. torque: 450 Nm (with overboost: 500) at 1,500 4,500 rpm, acceleration [0 100 km/h]: 4.9 seconds, maximum speed: 250 km/h, average fuel consumption according to EU: 9.6 litres/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions according to EU: 224 g/km, exhaust gas norm: EU5.

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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