At the recent UK launch of the BMW 1M CoupÃ© the seed for a new and possibly very exciting rumour was sewn. We’re told James Morrison, BMW UK product manager, is the man responsible after he said, “There is scope for a CSL version.”
Adding context to that comment is the fact 300 of the 450 1M Coupe models alloctaed to the UK market were sold prior to its official release. Demand that BMW wasn’t expecting, and on a worldwide scale too, could have them thinking there is some more 1M cash to milk.
Morrison explains, “This car [1M CoupÃ©] has certainly generated a buzz. When we planned for this car we were cautious, but now thereâ€™s some hype surrounding the 1M so thereâ€™s clearly going to be some people looking at what we can do next.
“M is the pinnacle of engineering so if thereâ€™s a CSL proposition or something really different that we could consider then we would. If thereâ€™s something special and unique we can do with it then absolutely we would.”
We’re doubtful a 1M CSL could happen so late in the 1 Series model cycle, but we remain hopeful. Then there’s the cost to consider; would you pay M3 money for a slightly lighter and quicker 1M?
[Source: Car Dealer Magazine]
UPDATE: A reminder that a 1M CSL was hinted at last December. How does 332kW (445hp) sound?!