The 1 series M coupe is going to be a true pocket rocket with a twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 crammed under its hood. It is expected to put out 300 horsepower and 300 lb. of torque, which puts it in super sports car land (whenever an engine produces 100 horsepower per liter).
BMW points out you won’t be able to see the moon while behind the wheel of the 1 series M Coupe. It said in a release, “The new 1 Series M Coupe features a high-strength steel unibody, with unique, widened fenders and rear quarter panels to house a substantially widened track. It also features a metal roof panel, which saves about 35 lbs compared to BMW 1 Series models equipped with a moonroof. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, constructed as one of BMW’s most performance-oriented vehicles in recent years, will not be offered with a moonroof. This weight savings - at the tallest point of the vehicle - provides a corresponding drop in the center of gravity, which contributes to improved driving dynamics. It also helps maximize head room (or helmet room, as the case may be).”
The 6 series convertible continues to be one of the more homely luxury droptops, but the 2012 variant will pump out a lot of power from its 4.4-liter V8 that produces 400 hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm, and makes peak torque of 450 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.