Unknown M Engine Uncovered Along w/1M Details?

A 1addicts user stumbled onto something. What we can ‘t be 100% sure but it clearly looks interesting.Here ‘s an excerpt from the post:

It looks to me that this is confirmation that the new 1M will have 250 Kw N54engine. That is 340 HP. Engine code: N54B3OTO

What is even more interesting is the highlight text! Looks like BMW is thinking about a special US only model with 332 Kw or 451 HP! I personally think this will be the engine that ends up in the next M3. I don ‘t think BMW will offer a 1M with this sort of HP power. But seeing it on the screen is very interesting indeed!

It also looks to be the very same 1M Engine code: N54B3OTO, which would suggest that with only a tune/SW the 1M engine will make another 100 Hp!!! Food for thought!

Here ‘s our take this could very well be either the next generation M3 engine or potentially something that shows up in a as yet unknown Z4M or X3M type of prodcut? It certainly is not meant for a 1 Series.

Update: One thing to note – both the 340 hp and the 451 hp version have the same N54B3OTO code name. Could it be possible that the changes are simply on the software side? Can you imagine what that means for molding a 1M? And unlike the 135i, the 1M ‘s drivetrain can easily handle much more power since it ‘s donor car was the M3.

We ‘ll know more in the months ahead.

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  • Herr26

    In the early marketing briefings the official ceiling was that the 1M would not make the M3 superfluous. In otherwords it will not compromise the M3.

    The engine has such potential when taken to it’s limits , but BMW will not release the car in such an “official” capacity. BMW will also not compromise increasing global markets for M-Products with one specific model for one market unless market regulations and legislation become the defining factor.

    What is being discussed now is the forthcoming problem that brought in the short-term E85/E86 Z4M Coupe and Roadster. Namely the E90 M3 dies next summer with the Coupe and Cabrio respectively in mid-late 2012. With M3 not being replaced until 2014 the dilemma is fitting in one or two models to temporary fill the space vacated by the M3 as BMW will have only the M5 , (M6 being launched that year and the X5M and X6M. Leaving BMW exposed in the premium entry segment. Two vehicles could come in to that gap in the market namely the Z4M and the X3M.

  • JonPD

    You had me at Z4 M. As a M3 solution for the next generation I don’t think that will fly since I don’t think any perspe to a buyer would be happy knowing a tune and software could match their car.

    Sadly the X3 turned into a ///M is. The likely option though would finally crush the last of the spirit of ///M for me. ///M produces way to many things they swore to never build. I know that they felt they needed to evolve though I feel they are broadly in loosing the soul of the once mighty M Division.

  • I’ll bet that it was a typo and it will be 332 HP.

  • hardingsan
    You had me at Z4 M.

    i feel the same way. to this day i can’t get enough of the M coupe. an itteration for the current generation would be wonderful.

  • Michael: I’ll bet that it was a typo and it will be 332 HP.

    Ditto.

    Sidenote: Gabe- Are you still onboard for a 1M? I’m not out entirely yet, but only a stellar price of under $45K will have me in one, and I seriously doubt that due to supply/demand. I’m now heavily siding with a CPO e92 M3 now that most everything about the final 1M product is known. The M3 just ticks more of the right boxes for me.

  • Sidenote: Gabe- Are you still onboard for a 1M? I’m not out entirely yet, but only a stellar price of under $45K will have me in one, and I seriously doubt that due to supply/demand. I’m now heavily siding with a CPO e92 M3 now that most everything about the final 1M product is known. The M3 just ticks more of the right boxes for me.

    it’s likely down to a low mileage E46 Comp M3 or the 1M. Based on what I know about the 1M – I’d be surprised if it didn’t win 🙂

  • Thanks for the reply, Gabe. I’m now hearing that supply will only be constrained by production period, so maybe after a couple months dealers will be done with crazy markups and MSRP will be possible. It’s going to be a great car, but only at the right price for me.

  • Shawn g.

    Too hypothetical, we’re not even seeing good pics of the 1M yet

  • Dylan
    it’s likely down to a low mileage E46 Comp M3 or the 1M. Based on what I know about the 1M – I’d be surprised if it didn’t win

    Wow! Are you serious? If you have the means to buy a 1M and you’re in the market for that type of car, you should totally take that opportunity. The E46 M3 is a great car, but good examples will be around for a while. Being an early adopter of a 1M will be a unique experience I think. Take it!

  • James

    I know some people would be mad at me for saying this but M POWER should share some things with ALPINA. Yes the M is for REAL Car enthusiasts and I know the Alpina is a luxury car with lots of power. HOWEVER, the B3 biturbo’s engine produces 400BHP. so M should ask Alpina to get that engine and tune it up more slightly. thats my idea.

  • Wow! Are you serious? If you have the means to buy a 1M and you’re in the market for that type of car, you should totally take that opportunity. The E46 M3 is a great car, but good examples will be around for a while. Being an early adopter of a 1M will be a unique experience I think. Take it!

    I believe the E46 M3 will go down in history as the last pure M3. Here’s a good read on it.

  • Dylan
    I believe the E46 M3 will go down in history as the last pure M3. Here’s a good read on it.

    I hear you, and if you feel this way an E46 M3 will no doubt find its way into your collection at some point in the future.

    My point about the 1M is just that the whole experience of owning one from day one will I think be a special and unique one. The way the 1M has been brought to market has in itself been unique and special, fueled in no small way by journalists such as yourself and web sites such as Bimmerfile.

    I think the whole ownership experience from delivery, to the first review, to driving something unique on the road will be as enjoyable as the driving experience itself. I don’t think that aspect should be easily overlooked.

    We know the 1M is going to be a great car, no doubt equally as fun and capable as the E46 M3. Plus you get the added bonus of all the stuff I just mentioned.

    If you still want an E46…you can buy one later! You could even sell your 1M to fund it.

    Speaking for myself, I could never buy an E46 over a 1M in the knowledge that good E46 M3s will be around for a long time to come.

    Be the first to own a 1M – go on – you know you want to.

  • Bimmer1

    Eh, I’ll stick with the 384hp/421tq. in my Dinan stg. II 135 for now. 340hp? That’s it? That’s falling too short. They should have made it 385hp/385tq or close to it. Another, “close but no cigar” rating on yet another “almost” great car from BMW. They are killing me!