Hard to believe: BMW M1 confirmed

CARonline is reporting that BMW is reconsidering the BMW M1 to give their 1-Series line a much needed boost. Under former boss Bruhnke, BMW had planned four different M1 variants including a coupe, a convertible, a touring and a lightweight GTR. While the coupe and convertible have been confirmed the GTR was scratched off the list since it would be to expensive, sources say.

When produced, the BMW M1 is expected to carry a modified version of current outgoing BMW M3’s 3.2 liter engine with 343 horsepower. CARonline claims to have seen internal documents provided by their sources that say the M1 will have a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.

The BMW M1 is expected to make its debut next year. The BMW 1-Series will make its debut in the US this summer and will begin selling in early 2008.

Source: CARonline