As far back as late 2007, there were reports circulating around the web of a possible ‘M’ version of the 1 Series.
Those rumours did seem a little far fetched, given the blistering performance of the current 135i with its twin turbo straight six engine developing a whopping 225kW and enough to sling shot the 1 Series from 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
Even the 125i will do the 0-100km/h sprint in a quick 6.4 seconds and if that’s not enough, you’ve got the M powered rocket, the M3, which as a total package, I would class as a veritable supercar.
So it’s hard to see where a 1 Series ‘M’ car would slot in to the current BMW line up.
Of course, that’s not to say I wouldn’t want to see the results of an M3 powered 1 Series. Might even have to sell some bricks and mortar to get my own hands on one, as the performance would be stratospheric.
The BMW Car Club of America has recently mentioned a far more likely scenario with the I Series tii concept, first shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and then again at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show.
CarAdvice also covered the concept, but has since heard nothing further after a fully liveried tii showed up at this year’s Australian Grand Prix, as part of the ultimate speed comparison.
Although the car wore an aerodynamic package and racing spec brakes, there were no ‘go fast’ modifications under the bonnet just the stock 135i drivetrain.
While more is always welcome, we’re quite happy with the stock BMW 135i, as it’s plenty fast enough for this country.