In September, BMW has registered three new trademarks; the M10 was one of them. Set to be released in 2010, the M10 will compete with the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911. The car is expected to be price way below $130.000.
The M10 is BMW’s successor for the M1 (built between 1978 and 1981), the only supercar BMW has ever had. The 2010 M10 will be a genuine high speed vehicle built from carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium. In this way the weight will be kept below 3000 lbs. and the car will have better performance.
BMW will not use a central engine for this model. Instead the engine is to be mounted in the front, lengthwise. About the engine used there are more rumors. Some says that will be the V10 engine from the M5/M6, which will carry approximately 550 HP out in the M10. Another possibility is also the 4.0 liters V8 engine used in the M3.
Another options will be a V12 derivative of the current V10 used in the M5 and M6. The possibility exists, however, that it will merely get a blown version of that same V-10 engine. Either way, the car is expected to be a rear wheel drive two door, with power substantially more than 500 hp.
The expectation that the new BMW M10 would clone the CS Concept car shown at the Shanghai Auto Show got a big boost when BMW ’s North American Chief Executive Officer confirmed that the CS Concept would be built. Speaking to reporters, CEO Tom Purves was pointed in observing that the CS was not an experimental vehicle, but was a design capable of production. "The CS is not a stretch or modified anything," he said. That was followed by the comment that the United States dealers absolutely loved the concept car and that, if the dealers and media love it, "there’s a good chance customers will."
The V8 versions of the M10 is set to target the the Audi R8 4,2 FSI. But the V10 version is said to hit a top speed of almost 214 mph. With this speed, the new M10 can easily compete with supercars from Lamborghini or Ferrari.
1972 BMW Turbo
The 1972 Turbo prototype was created for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Only 2 Turbos were ever built. Today, it is one of the rarest of BMW’s, with its elegant design, gullwing doors and futuristic cockpit.
The Turbo was powered by the 4-cylinder 1990cc turbocharged engine with 280 hp at 5200 rpm and a top speed of 165mph. The Turbo was BMW’s first mid-engined car.
1978-1981 BMW M1
The M1 was was the first car produced by BMW Motorsport. Originally released in 1978, the M1 experienced production and homologation problems that kept it from international competition until the car was no longer competitive. First shown at the Paris Motor Show, the M1 was discontinued in 1981.
The 3.0CSL was getting old and a replacement was needed to show the Porshce 935 who was boss. It was thus decided to build the M1 using styling queues from the 1972 Turbo concept car. The M1 was always a heavy car and was sadly never very competitive, its looks go a long way to making up for this as a road car though.
The BMW M1 is a supercar automobile, and was the first and only mid-engined BMW.
The Giugiaro-designed M1 was to be assembled by Lamborghini, but Lamborghini’s poor financial situation and assembly delays caused BMW to move assembly to Baur, the German convertible builders.
Only one road going version of the M1 was produced. Several racing versions exist with power outputs of up to 850bhp.All of the 456 M1’s built were left hand drive except two. One RHD model recently turned up at Munich Legends with only 8000 miles.
With a 24-valve cylinder head, the engine had 277 hp at 6500 rpm and develops 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. Several racing versions exist with power outputs of up to 850hp.
Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the first-generation M5, as both models shared the same (though slightly modified) engines
The mid-mounted 420 bhp V8 FSI engine, quattro permanent four-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame aluminium body form the basis for truly outstanding driving dynamics. The Audi R8 will be available to order from 28 September 2006; first deliveries will be made in the first half of 2007.
As the first Audi mid-engined sports car, the R8 combines Audi’s experience gained from numerous motorsport triumphs with groundbreaking design and the acknowledged technological expertise of the brand. This expertise has led to the slogan ’Vorsprung durch Technik’ becoming a byword for leading-edge technology both on the race track and on the road.
The characteristic proportions of the vehicle are dictated by the location of the engine behind the cockpit. This layout is a typical feature of race cars. One of the most striking examples of this design – and as such one of the legitimate antecedents of the Audi R8 – was, and still is, the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car. The central position of the engine is above all a boon to driving dynamics, as it allows for a weight distribution, as on the R8, of 44 percent to the front and 56 percent to the rear.
The primary objective for every 911 Turbo is to challenge the limits of technical feasibility. Not only in terms of performance and dynamics, but also when it comes to ride comfort. On this latest evolution, we’ve completely redesigned a number of systems and components. The result builds on the achievements of the previous 911 Turbo – a car widely acknowledged as the ultimate in sportscar design.
As you would expect, the new 911 Turbo meets the highest expectations in terms of engine performance. The classic flat-six unit develops 353 kW (480 bhp) at 6,000 rpm from a 3.6-litre displacement. Maximum torque of 620 Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm. To achieve that capability, we’ve combined VarioCam Plus with twin turbocharger units featuring Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) – a totally new technology on a petrol-engined car. With a standard manual gearbox, the new 911Turbo requires just 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph).
Equipped with the latest optional Tiptronic S transmission, the car is 0.2 seconds quicker on the standard sprint. Benchmark times to 200 km/h (124 mph) are 12.8 and 12.2 seconds, respectively. Maximum speed with either transmission is 310 km/h (193 mph).