BMW Considering CSL Version of 1 Series M Coupe — Should It?

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe, while a formidable performance-focused machine as is, has whetted enthusiasts’ appetites for yet an even higher-performance version from the Bavarian automaker, as UK magazine Car Dealer reports that demand for the 1M may lead BMW to consider a quicker, lighter CSL variant.

Tradition holds that BMW’s CSL variants are pure, hardcore performance machines, designed for drivers seeking the ultimate ultimate driving machine.  Although most buyers would be content with the performance offered by the standard 1M, Car Dealer says that BMW hasn’t yet ruled out the possibility of a CSL version.

According to Car Dealer, UK BMW dealers pre-sold a total of 300 1M models before its official launch and could potentially sell out their entire stock within a few weeks. Due to this fact, the publication believes that BMW will be looking into other versions of the 1M, such as a convertible, hatchback and even CSL model, to better serve the demand for the 1 Series’ performance offering.

“There is scope for a CSL version,” BMW Product Manager James Morrison told Car Dealer. “[BMW’s] M is the pinnacle of engineering, so if there’s a CSL proposition or something really different that we could consider, then we would. If there’s something special and unique we can do with it, then absolutely we would.”

However, Morrison says that further reducing weight of an M car — especially one as diminutive as the 1 Series — is an expensive proposition.

“The 1M works well at the moment at [$57,000],” he said. “Whether it’d work as well at [$85K] just because it’s a bit quicker and lighter…I don’t know.”

As we reported last month, at least one test has shown that the 1M can already beat the M3 on the track. So does it make sense for BMW to produce a 1 Series model that can outshine its current performance halo car even more?

Whether or not a CSL model is necessary, Car Dealer suggests that enthusiast demand may spur BMW on to produce one. With 300 of the total 450 units allocated to the UK already spoken for, the demand for the regular 1M, at least, has proven to be considerable.

But you tell us: is the 1 Series M Coupe motoring perfection as it stands, or should the engineers at M start whipping up a lighter, quicker, stronger version? If so, what tweaks would you like to see incorporated? How much would you pay? Make a case for your wishlist in the comments field below.

Source: Car Dealer


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2011 BMW 1-Series

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