A potent version of the BMW 1 Series from its M-division has long been speculated and further denied, although as these spy shots reveal the performance flagship is indeed in development.
Perhaps spurred on by the success of the BMW 135i Coupe, it seems BMW has finally given an M version the green light and the results should be nothing short of spectacular.
Despite the retro BMW camouflage, it can be seen that the front air-dam resembles the aggressive face of its much bigger brother – the BMW X6 M.
This is complimented by massively pumped guards front and rear which house the mesh-design wheels.
Any doubt that this is the newest model from BMW’s M-division subsides after just one look at the enormous brake package comprising bigger callipers and cross drilled rotors.
With the standard BMW 135i already churning out 225kW, early estimates suggest the power levels of the M version will exceed 260kW.
The dilemma which BMW is now facing is what name to give to its newest performance model, with the M1 nameplate already reserved for the brand’s stillborn supercar flagship.