A move away from the 1 Series name for its new small coupe could also release the brand from tip-toeing around the iconic M1 nameplate with the '1 Series M Coupe' name.
The successor to the 1 Series M might therefore be known as the M2, without kicking up a fuss with traditionalists and owners of the original M1.
M2 has already been trademarked in the United States, and while that's no guarantee, it points to a possible debut in the future.
The 2 is likely to share many of its engines and transmissions with the 1 Series, meaning a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic coupled to force-fed 2.0 litre fours in petrol or diesel flavours, and varying states of tune.
As the with the 1M, it won't quite be as fast as its bigger stablemate, although it will likely improve on the lively characteristics of the 1M.
The 2 series is still a long way off. Stay tuned to TMR for all the updates.
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