If you have no plans for the weekend, we might have an idea for you; the "BMW - The Ultimate Driving Machine"exhibition will open this weekend and will feature some of the coolest BMW models out there. Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW M1 Art Car will be the center piece of the exhibition and next to it you will also see the BMW 3.0 CSL that won the Daytona 24 Hour race in 1976, plus tons of other road cars, motorcycles and race cars.
Andy Warhol was the first to paint the entire car himself, as previous BMW Art Car artists prepared a draft version on a scaled-down model and then moved that on the real car by assistants to the painter.
"This exhibition at the Saratoga Automotive Museum will provide visitors a great look at BMW’s long heritage and provide a sense of how the company has evolved to become the leading premium automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in the world," said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. "It will also show just how integral motorsports has been throughout the company’s history."
Don’t worry, if you don’t have the time to go this weekend, the exhibition, will run until November 3, 2013.
Click past the jump to read more about Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW M1 Art Car.
Everyone expects that once the new BMW 2 Series hits the market, a more powerful M version will be in tow. Our spy photographers have already caught some prototypes testing at Nürburgring and BMW previewed the model with the 1M Coupe and the M135i.
Unfortunately, the M135i never made it to the U.S. and the 1M Coupe was an extremely limited model whose order books closed nearly as quickly as they opened.
The M1 Coupe was a mighty micro-Bimmer, with its twin-boosted 3.0-liter straight-six engine that tortured the concrete with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. We anticipate that the M235i will use the same powertrain. In fact, with the revisions that BMW is currently undergoing, we may even see a few more horsepower from the six-pot. .
UPDATE 05/07/2013: We have created a rendering of the new M235i coupe to help you get an idea of what to expect.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Coupe.
If you didn’t have the chance to buy one of the 2,700 1-Series M Coupe units that were built, you will be happy to know that BMW has decided to offer a successor for the new compact sports coupe. The announcement was made by M division CEO, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, himself in an interview with BMW Blog.
He said that the "M Performance" lineup is a new category of models for BMW and the company plans to expand it. The current M135i - offered as a successor for the 1M Coupe - is currently a very successful model, even if it is not really a pure M car.
Nitschke said in the interview: "We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor."
He offered no other details on the upcoming successor, but we are hoping for something delivering at least the same performance figures at the 1M Coupe: 335 horsepower, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 4.7 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.
It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”
In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.
They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”
Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?
At first glance, this latest tuning project from Florida-based Precision Sport Industries looks just like the standard BMW 1-Series M Coupe that made its much-awaited debut in 2010, but upon closer inspection, there are tons of new features that will make this bad boy stand apart from the rest.
The updates start on the front end where the tuner added a new BMW Performance black kidney grille and a new carbon fiber front splitter. For the rear, PSI added a new BMW Performance carbon fiber trunk spoiler and a Revozport rear 2×2 CF diffuser.
But that’s not all. The tuner also added new carbon fiber side mirrors and a new Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system that significantly improves the engine’s sound. Customers will also receive a new set of wheels combined with a new KW Suspensions system.
The interior also received some updates, including a new BMW Performance Alcantara M steering wheel and some carbon fiber trim.
The last time Manhart Racing worked on a BMW 1-Series M Coupe, they made a program that was impressive. But this time, these guys are really dropping the gloves with the unveiling of their new MH1 S-Biturbo equipped with the Stage 3 tuning program.
Before jumping into the meat and bones of the package, the German tuner didn’t fail in giving the 1-Series M Coupe a nice aerodynamic kit that includes a host of new components, including a hand-made carbon front splitter, a carbon hood with air vents and snap closures, carbon fiber mirror caps, a new rear diffuser, and a new trunk with a ducktail spoiler. Inside, Manhart added MHR Performance bucket seats dressed in Alcantara with matching orange stitching, a new LCD display, a new instrument cluster, and a new speedometer. Finally, Manhart fitted a new coil over suspension system and a new set of 20" AC Schnitzer Type 5 Forged wheels wrapped in Continental-Sport Contact 5 tires.
Now, it’s the engine’s turn. Powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine, Manhart Racing fitted their Stage 3 tuning program to go with a new sports exhaust system with downpipes and stainless steel Mufflers, and a carbon fiber airbox with carbon piping. On top of that, the tuner also added larger intercoolers, oil coolers, and radiators to the engine, resulting in an increased output of 465 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.
For a nice little sports coupe, packing 465 horsepower is quite a treat, isn’t it?
UPDATE 09/27/12: Manhart Racing has released a new batch of photos for their scintillating 1-Series M Coupe program the MH1-S Bi-Turbo. Check out photos of the completed program in the gallery below!
Though the BMW M1 from the late-1970s and early-1980s was not a supercar by any stretch of the term, it was about as close as BMW has gotten to the supercar realm in its entire history. With BMW steadily expanding its lineup with the like of the i8 and i3, could this be the perfect time for BMW to dive into the true supercar realm with a resurrected M1?
According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, it surely does. Their sources say that BMW is already hard at work plugging away at this concept for a possible debut in 2014 at an auto show of BMW’s liking.
The rumors are pointing toward the M1 having a monocoque chassis made of extremely stiff carbon fiber. Wrapped around the monocoque, the body would be a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and high-strength steel. This lightweight design leads to the biggest benefit of this system, a performance car weighing in at only 2,750 lbs.
The M1 will also reportedly feature a body so aerodynamic that it’s like adding 100 horsepower to any engine. A plethora of moving fins along the body direct the wind around the vehicle and transfers it into useful energy, as opposed to useless drag.
According to rumors, BMW has already chosen an engine. After flirting with a 6-cylinder option, the German luxury car company settled on the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. This engine is rumored to punch out somewhere in the range of 600 to 650 horsepower.
Behind this engine would be a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission. This combination of high power, quick shift, and light weight would give the M1 a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of roughly 3 seconds. This would immediately put BMW up on par with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.
For now, this is all just hearsay and rumors, so there is little more to report. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We hope to report soon that BMW is confirming this vehicle, but we’re not holding our breath.
The BMW 1-Series M Coupe isn’t just a popular car in Europe or America; it’s got quite a following over in Asia too. So much so, in fact, that noted Japanese tuner Studie Ag has given the little M sports a car a new tuning program that gives it a little M3 GTS flavor.
Besides, it’s already difficult to own an M3 GTS anyway considering that BMW only built 150 of them. However, if you’re long on despair and short on hope, Studie Ag has the answer for you.
The new styling kit for the 1-Series M Coupe features plenty of new components, including a custom-built vented hood, a matte black GTS rear wing, a matte black diffuser, and an Akrapovic exhaust with carbon fiber tips. In addition, Studie AG also dressed up the 1-Series M Coupe with a Fire Orange paint finish while a new set of gloss black wheels add a nice complement to the car’s overall look.
No performance modifications were given to the program, but even in its standard guise, the 1-Series M Coupe is still capable of flexing its 340 horsepower output from its twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine.
We have heard all kinds of rumors about the BMW M1 supercar, including the possibility of its return. You may remember that, four years ago, BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage - a concept car built as a tribute to the M1’s 30th anniversary. Back then, everyone believed that this would be a preview of a new production M1, but BMW quickly denied those rumors, leaving all of us with the disappointed hopes.
Now German magazine Autobild is reporting that a successor for the M1 will in fact be unveiled in 2016, after the unveiling of the hybrid i8. The next M1 will be built as a combination between performance and economy and will be powered by a V8 engine with direct injection and a turbocharger. This engine’s an output will be placed somewhere between 600 and 650 HP.
The new M1 will be built using BMW’s "Efficient Dynamics" program meaning that it will come with features like a start-stop system and braking energy recovery. All of these features will be combined with a carbon-fiber body and a total weight of 2,755 lbs, which will make the next M1 a real competitor for models like the Mercedes SLS AMG GT and the Audi R8.
Expect the new BMW M1 to debut in 2016, priced at about 250,000 euro, about $315.000 at the current exchange rates.
The BMW 1-Series M Coupe may be the baby brother in the BMW M family, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a pushover.
On the contrary, the 1M has become quite a fan favorite, proving that you don’t need to spend more than you can in order to enjoy the thrills of owning a sports car. With 340 horsepower on tap, the 1M can definitely hold its own against some of its contemporaries.
But even if its got enough ponies to make us all swoon, there’s always a way to get more out of it. That’s where Alpha-N Performance comes into the picture.
The German tuning firm recently showed us what they can do to a BMW 335i when they released a program for the car a few weeks ago. Now, it’s the 1M Coupe’s turn.
Calling it the 1M RS, Alpha-N Performance fitted the little BMW sports coupe with a comprehensive aero kit that features a wide range of components, including a ventilated carbon hood, front fascia add-on carbon lower spoilers, carbon roof, carbon luggage lid spoiler, and a carbon rear fascia diffuser. Likewise, there’s also a new set of 19" OZ Superforgiata rims wrapped in Michelin tires and a MAC high-performance braking system added into the program.
On top of all of that, Alpha-N also gave the 1M Coupe a performance upgrade consisting of a new air intake system, a new exhaust, and a reprogramed ECU unit. The result is an increased output of 410 horsepower, up by 70 ponies from the standard model’s 340-horsepower capabilities.