Our inside man Herr26 (aka Scott27) is reporting that the ///M branded 1er coupe will be debuted in an experimental matte finish. Several matte finishes have been tested on the car, from White to Sepang Bronze. The latter is said to suit the car ‘s lines nicely. Other options will include several current ///M exclusive colors, one or two updates of past ///M colors, as well as throwbacks to the 2002 with Inka Orange and possibly Golf Yellow.
What all of this paint will be covering is starting to come a bit more in focus thanks to these images posted on 1Addicts.com. The front bumper will be a bit wider and feature a larger center section to channel air through the intercooler of the turbos. Fog lights will be tossed to the curb in order to make room for large brake ducts which will direct air at the multi-piston calipers. We bet that BMW will step up to six-pots up front since the 135 in base form already sports 4s. Much like the current ///M3, one of the pair of hood scoops will be a dummy as air only needs to pass through one for the motor to breathe adequately, if the high revving V8 doesn ‘t need two this worked N55 isn ‘t going to either.
Larger, wider wheels, a carbon fiber roof and widened fenders will round out the visual package. The overall purpose of this car is to make a reasonably affordable driver ‘s car. One that is nimble and is quick but not just in a straight-line. From a performance perspective we suspect that the engineers may have fallen in love with this little thing called over-boost as it debuted a few years ago on turbocharged MINIs and recently has reappeared under the re-launched BMW “is ” moniker so we fully expect ///M to hop on the bandwagon and do it to the ///Mth Power with this car.
Will it out duel the ///M3? Weighing in at around 3300 lbs. and producing 350hp it is going to be close…. we just hope it is a throwback to the late 80 ‘s.
Images originated on 1Addicts.