Speaking with the site this week, BMW M CEO Dr Friedrich Nitschke said that while a decision is still to come, he is "absolutely sure" that a new entry M model will appear, based on the 1 Series.
"It’s not a pure M car, but we, for example, won the prize of the best sports car in its category in Germany and England," Dr Nitschke said.
Entering as the first petrol-powered M Performance model, the M135i is driven by BMW's trusty turbocharged inline-six, delivering 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque.
That means the current 1 Series flagship offers the same torque figures as the limited-edition 1 M Coupe, and only 15kW less power.
And, while the 1 M offered a manual transmission only, the M135i can be had with a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.
In auto form, BMW says the M135i will hit 100km/h in 4.9 seconds - identical to the manual 1 M - while the manual lists a 5.1 second run.
All of this means that if a new 1 Series M hatch debuts - or a 2 Series M Coupe - it will undoubtedly introduce a new level of power and handling capabilities well beyond its predecessor, and the M135i.
We live in hope.
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