The 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe hits the scales
The BMW 1-Series M Coupe with a full tank of gasoline weighed in at just 3,351 pounds, giving the new compact M a power-to-weight ratio of 9.85lbs per horsepower thanks to the 340 horsepower turbocharged 3-liter. This powerful inline-six is mated to a six-speed manual transmission (hooray!); allowing the 1-Series M Coupe to dash from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of just 155mph. Also, the M Coupe will come with some of the handling goodies of the bigger (and substantially more expensive) 2011 BMW M3 so the new compact M is more of a road racer than a drag racer and once more people get their hands on these high performance 1-Series we should get a better idea of what is it “better than”.
The 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe comes with a price tag of $47,010 including the $850 destination charge, putting it over $12,000 under the current V8-powered M3 so someone could go so far as to call the new 1-Series M Coupe a budget performance car – considering what you are getting for the price. The M Coupe is expected to reach showrooms sometime this spring in the US but with less than 1,000 units headed to this market, they won’t be easy to get.
Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe from the Detroit Auto Show debut!
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