Vijay Pattni20 January 2011

Rendered BMW 1-Series M ‘CSL’ to be built

Designer’s BMW wet dream becomes reality as US/Europe club together to build one-off

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

When digital artist Jon Sibal rendered his ideal version of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, he had no idea an automotive Jim'll Fix It lurked around the corner. Minus the dodgy shellsuit, of course.

Now his vision of the 1M ‘CSL' is to be built as a one-off by a handful of tuning companies from Europe and the US.

We've been speaking to Chicago-based BMW tuner IND-Distribution, which got together with a US BMW dealer to secure the very first 1M in the Midwest region.

See pics of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Speaking to TopGear.com, their plan is to take delivery of the Alpine white 1M in Europe, stop off at the Nurburgring, attend Bimmerfest and then pop into Eisenmann, where a prototype exhaust will be fitted.

Next stop is the USA, where AMS Performance will develop some subtle engine modifications with an eye on keeping "the balance of the car", so a massive power gain isn't really the aim. After this, IND plans to work with Brembo's North American distributor - Race Technologies - to develop and test a bespoke brake package.

Finally, and most importantly, it will be built to look like Sibal's wet dream. "Jon's design is a key element to the project", IND told us, and Challenge Engineering will develop a full line of exterior accessories - front lip, rear diffuser, side skirts, bootlid etc - to ‘reflect his original art'.

The final, lightweight ‘CSL' is intended "to serve as a development vehicle to create parts for 1Ms everywhere".

We'll bring you more updates as and when they drop. Is this how your ideal 1M Coup' would look?

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