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1978 - 1981 BMW M1

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  • BMW M1
  • Year:
    1978- 1981
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    277 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    243 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    164 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    13.3 sec.
  • Price:
    60000 (Est.)
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The company’s first mid-engined sports car

Although BMW had been racing its cars since the 1920s, it didn’t develop its first true-blue sports car until the late 1970s. A few years after the M division started making headlines with its beefed-up sedans and coupes, BMW signed an agreement with Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to build a mid-engine sports car in sufficient quantity for racing homologation. The collaboration didn’t go as planned, and BMW eventually decided to produce the car itself with input from its Motorsport division. The M1’s body was designed by Giugiaro, which explains its very Italian cues, while production was handled by Baur. The end result was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981, with only 453 examples built.

To this day, the M1 remains one of BMW’s rarest models. Likewise, it is also one of the company’s most successful race cars, with its track career surpassing that of the road car’s well into the 1980s. Unfortunately, the M1 is also BMW’s first sports car, which makes it that much more important to the Munich’s storied history as an automobile manufacturer.

The M1 Homage Concept launched in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1 spawned rumors that BMW might build a successor, but a modern-day M1 has yet to arrive as of 2014.

Updated 08/23/2016: RM Sotheby’s auctioned a very well preserved Ferrari Enzo during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see how how much it was auctioned and the "Pictures" tab for some images taken during the event.

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2008 BMW M1 Hommage

2008 BMW M1 Hommage

Collective gasps welcomed the BMW Turbo Concept on the stage at the 1972 edition of the Paris Motor Show. The car, stunning from every angle, was the embodiment of what future BMW products would offer: cutting-edge looks, state-of-the-art technology, and performance. This mesmerizing prototype designed by Paul Bracq was the inspiration for BMW’s one and only supercar: the M1. Thirty years later, BMW honored both the Turbo and the M1 by creating the appropriately-named M1 Hommage. Dressed in a similar coat of hypnotic red as the Turbo and with countless design cues that trace their roots in the Giugiaro-penned M1, the Hommage was a way for BMW to look back while also looking towards the future.

First displayed at the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este in 2008, the M1 Hommage was the German manufacturer’s way of refreshing the wedge-shaped M1 which was celebrating its 30th birthday. BMW brought the much-revered older siblings to complement the launch of this design experiment, but many were left bemused by the company’s announcement that there would be no new supercar to come from Munich.

This wasn’t, however, entirely true as BMW didn’t ignore its waves of fans who fell in love with their 2008 concept and went on to include certain unmistakable design cues in their 2009 Vision EfficentDynamics concept which led to the BMW i8. It’s not a supercar, it was never intended to be, but it’s similar enough to the M1 Hommage to make us happy, and it also channels the Turbo prototype through all of its hybrid technology that it incorporates.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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This Very Orange 1980 BMW M1 Is Up For Sale For $745K

This Very Orange 1980 BMW M1 Is Up For Sale For $745K

Do you have the pockets for a slice of mid-engine history?

First put into production in 1978, the BMW M1 was a clear break from convention for the Bavarian automaker. For starters, the M1 was Bimmer’s first and only mass-produced mid-engine production car, a title it held until the release of the i8 hybrid in 2014. The M1 also looks the part of an oddity, sporting an Italian-designed style with a speed wedge configuration. Inside is a tight two-seater cabin, behind which BMW’s M Division mounted a twin-cam 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Output is measured at 273 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a five-speed manual gearbox. All told, the M1 offered solid performance for its day, plus plenty of sexy looks, and with just 453 units produced, a fair amount of exclusivity as well. These are the characteristics that make for a highly desirable collector car, but now, there’s an example for sale in California sporting just 8,441 miles on the odometer. The asking price – $745,000.

Granted, that price isn’t too outrageous, especially when you consider a similar example changed hands last year at Monterey Car Week for $577,500. Factor in a near guarantee that auction prices will continue to rise over the long haul, and this slice of mid-engine history starts to look like a pretty good investment. If you had the money, would you bite? Read on for more info on what’s for sale here.

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You Won't Believe the Mileage on this BMW M1

You Won’t Believe the Mileage on this BMW M1

This M1 is, hands down, the barn find of the year!

Every now and then someone stumbles across an absolutely amazing car that has been stashed away in a barn and completely forgotten about. One of our favorites or recent years was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante that was found back in 2009. But, more recently, there was a Ferrari 250 GT California SWB that was followed by the find of a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster a couple of months later. Today, we’re happy to report that there has been another great barn find that is being advertised by Mint Classics on their Facebook page: a 1981 BMW M1.

Now, the M1 is special in its own right, being regarded across the world as BMW’s only true supercar and the first mass-produced, mid-engined vehicle from the iconic brand. But, that’s not what really makes this specific example so special. See, this example has just 7,329 km on the clock which computes to just 4,554 miles to those of us here in the U.S. Details about the car itself are rather scant at the moment, and Mint Classics has yet to add it to its official website, but it is known that it was found in a southern Italian garage where it had been sitting since 1982.

Needless to say, and as you can see in the pictures, this baby is in need of a serious detail and some mild maintenance. But, aside from that, and the need to replace any weathered rubber components, this thing appears to be in near-perfect condition. And, as you’ll see in a few of the pictures, it’s already been given a quick bath, and surely the restoration of this classic beauty will be underway shortly.

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1979 BMW M1 Procar Restored By Canepa

1979 BMW M1 Procar Restored By Canepa

Classic BMW motorsport for the street

The BMW M1 is an absolute icon. Widely considered Bimmer’s only true supercar, the M1 is a unique milestone in the Bavarian brand’s history. Draped in dramatic Italian styling and powered by a sonorous German six-cylinder mounted just behind the cabin, the M1 is BMW’s first mass-produced mid-engine offering, with the second being the modern i8 hybrid. Raced for a brief period in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, some of the world’s greatest drivers took a turn behind the wheel of the M1. Less than 500 were produced, with only 40 examples slated for track duty in the one-make BMW M1 Procar Championship series. That means every M1 Procar racer is a rare find indeed, but the example before you ups the ante even further. You see, this particular M1 is the only true-blue Procar outfitted for street duty.

Taking responsibility for restoring this beauty is a company called Canepa. Located in the Santa Cruz mountains just north of the world-famous Laguna Seca race track, Canepa sells and restores high-end collectible race cars and sports cars, and clearly, the shop did its homework before turning a wrench on this M1.

The story behind this car is fascinating, and thanks to the hard work of the folks at Canepa, it’s pretty much perfect down to the smallest of details. If you’re a fan of the M1, BMW, or you just like fast cars, I urge you to read on.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M1 Procar Restored By Canepa.

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1978 - 1981 BMW M1

1978 - 1981 BMW M1

The company’s first mid-engined sports car

Although BMW had been racing its cars since the 1920s, it didn’t develop its first true-blue sports car until the late 1970s. A few years after the M division started making headlines with its beefed-up sedans and coupes, BMW signed an agreement with Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to build a mid-engine sports car in sufficient quantity for racing homologation. The collaboration didn’t go as planned, and BMW eventually decided to produce the car itself with input from its Motorsport division. The M1’s body was designed by Giugiaro, which explains its very Italian cues, while production was handled by Baur. The end result was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981, with only 453 examples built.

To this day, the M1 remains one of BMW’s rarest models. Likewise, it is also one of the company’s most successful race cars, with its track career surpassing that of the road car’s well into the 1980s. Unfortunately, the M1 is also BMW’s first sports car, which makes it that much more important to the Munich’s storied history as an automobile manufacturer.

The M1 Homage Concept launched in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1 spawned rumors that BMW might build a successor, but a modern-day M1 has yet to arrive as of 2014.

Updated 08/23/2016: RM Sotheby’s auctioned a very well preserved Ferrari Enzo during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see how how much it was auctioned and the "Pictures" tab for some images taken during the event.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1978-1981 BMW M1.

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Video: BMW i8 Vs BMW M1

Video: BMW i8 Vs BMW M1

Although BMW had a hard time selling it in its era, the M1 turned out to be one of the company’s most sought-after classic cars. And even though it was legendary for being BMW’s only production, mid-engine sports car, the M1 has yet to receive an official successor. As far as most enthusiasts are concerned, however, the brand-new i8 is the perfect modern-day M1. It has sports car proportions, aggressive styling, and although it features a hybrid drivetrain, the gasoline engine is mounted behind the seats.

Although I’m not particularly excited about calling the i8 the spiritual successor to the M1, I must confess I’ve always wanted to see the two in a head-to-head comparison. If you’re like me, than this is your lucky day, as the folks over at Auto Express brought the two sports cars together for a track battle. Sure, the M1 and the i8 were launched 35 years apart, sharing only the BMW badge and a mid-engine layout. While the M1 was developed as a homologation special for racing and became a revered classic only decades later, the i8 is BMW’s way of showcasing its latest technologies and advanced hybrid drivetrain.

And that’s exactly what makes this video a captivating comparison, one in which the old meets the new and the race-bred classic encounters the vehicle that represents BMW’s future.

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BMW M Wants a Supercar, but it's Not in the Budget

BMW M Wants a Supercar, but it’s Not in the Budget

BMW arguably has one of the most extensive lineups in the auto industry these days. But there is one market where BMW is noticeably absent in. The German automaker currently doesn’t have a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and the Mercedes-AMG GT. The closest thing it has to that is the BMW i8. The problem is, the i8 isn’t really a supercar as much as it is a hybrid sports car dripping with all-world technology.

That hole is glaringly felt by BMW’s M Division, which is in charge of Bimmer’s performance line. BMW M’s Head of Product Development Carestein Priest recently told Auto Express that the sub-brand has had a long desire to build its own stand-alone supercar. But wanting to build one and actually getting the blessing to build one are two very different things.

Building a supercar involves investing a lot of money. Unfortunately, it’s money that BMW M understands is going to other projects deemed "more important" by upper management. Right now, a supercar isn’t a high priority, especially with the huge investments BMW already put in developing the i8 and the i3.

That’s the sacrifice BMW M has had to make, knowing full well that there’s no financial room for a supercar at the moment given the company’s decision to go full-steam ahead with the i division.

However, things could change in the future and BMW could one day decide that it needs a car that can match wits with the R8 and the GT. But don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, at least not until the German automaker creates enough financial flexibility to absorb the cost of building and developing a supercar.

Click past the jump to read more about a possible BMW M1.

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Video: Petrolicious has a Look at the BMW M1

Video: Petrolicious has a Look at the BMW M1

The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.

As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series. In order to do so, the automaker needed a production car with at least 400 units produced in order to race. So the German automaker teamed up with famed Italian steed builder Lamborghini to build the car. However, as time went on, Lamborghini found itself in hard financial times. With the slowed pace of an ailing car company and reworked regulations and specifications surrounding the racing series, full production of the M1 was no longer needed. Only 456 were ever built.

The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter, straight-six engine with a dry sump oil system, six separate throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, and a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system. The inline-six produced 273 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of roughly 162 mph. The mill’s beautiful architecture only added to the M1’s uniqueness as the only mid-engine car BMW produced.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 011 - "Mark has complaints"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 011 - "Mark has complaints"

Another Thursday afternoon means another TopSpeed.com Podcast. You can click play here for audio, or look after the jump for a FULL video podcast.

This week sees the return of Justin after his vacation, lots of cars with manual transmissions and a few automotive farewells.

Our weekly wheels for this week include the Honda Accord Touring from Justin and the Chevrolet Silverado High Country from Mark. I am a sad boy this week and have no new cars to talk about. Cue the sad trombone.

To make myself feel better, we cover a whole host of bad-ass car news. We start with the announcement of a manual transmission for the F-Type. We move to more fun cars with the Cayman GT4 spy shots, and the final edition of the Cadillac CTS-V. Cadillac gets some more love with the ELR-V and we finish with the BMW i8, the future of the M1 and round things out with a special edition Audi R8.

We wrap up the show with a trio of questions from you, our wonderful listeners, and an Own, Drive, Burn made entirely of Corvettes.

We had one final viewer question, but it was a long one, so we decided to tackle it as a special "after-show bonus" so feel free to stick around after the closing music to catch that. We discuss what you should buy if you are sitting on $30k and want a performance car.

As always, you can catch us on iTunes ( we would love it if you rated and gave us a review), drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast or just hit up the comments. We read and respond to basically everything, so if you have feedback, let us know.

Click "play" to hear this week’s Podcast

See you next week-

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Honda Accord, Chevy Silverado

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 BMW Performance Division's Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted

BMW Performance Division’s Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted

The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW, and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3.

Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.

Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8. While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?

At the recent launch of the M3 and M4, CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.

When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter "capacity not a question of know-how." Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.

Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?

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1979 BMW M1 Art Car will be Displayed at Saratoga Automobile Museum

1979 BMW M1 Art Car will be Displayed at Saratoga Automobile Museum

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.

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2016 BMW M1

2016 BMW M1

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.

Image is of the 2008 BMW M1 Hommage.

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BMW M1 successor to be revealed in 2016

BMW M1 successor to be revealed in 2016

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.

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1979 BMW M1 Pro-car

1979 BMW M1 Pro-car

BMW’s mid-engined supercar, the M1, is arguably among the most collectible BMW models ever built. Produced from 1978 until 1991, only 556 examples were built, and it’s unknown how many remain today. Some were built as road cars, while others were built for an M1 spec series that pitted the best drivers in the world against each other in identical cars. While road-going M1 made “only” 276 horsepower, cars campaigned in the Procar series produced upwards of 470 horsepower, which made them a fitting exhibition race preceding Grand Prix events in 1979 and 1980.

The BMW M1 captured the attention of Peter Gregg, an accomplished road racer and six-time IMSA champion. Gregg also owned Brumos Motors in Jacksonville, FL, and placed an order for a BMW M1 in 1978, to be built to FIA Group 4 specifications. The car was completed in 1979, but a tragic event in the fall of 1978 would make this particular M1 even more valuable.

Gregg and artist Frank Stella were at Monza to watch Gregg’s friend and former teammate, Ronnie Peterson, compete in the Italian Grand Prix. Peterson was involved in an opening lap crash that shattered both his legs. Although his injuries were not perceived to be life threatening, the Swedish driver died the next day as a result of the crash. Stella, who had been working on a series of paintings called “Polar Coordinates,” dedicated his artwork to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.

Full story after the jump.

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BMW M1 Supercar Rumors Reignited...again

BMW M1 Supercar Rumors Reignited...again

Whether they mean to or not, BMW has been torturing the heck out of the auto industry by reigniting and then extinguishing plans for a new M1. A few years ago they came out with the M1 Hommage concept car which many thought would absolutely go to production considering the tremendous feedback it received. After those hopes were dashed with an official announcement from BMW stating that there were no plans for the M1, rumors are now circulating again that a production version of the BMW M1 supercar is back on the table.

According to rumors, the new vehicle is being called the M-One for now because it will be the first vehicle in a new generation of BMWs and will not be based on any existing BMW model. A couple of different sources are going back on forth on what is actually valid information, but from what we can gather, there has only been a few sketches drawn up of the car and if produced, it will be revealed in 2015. Other than that, there are rumors of a new M6 V8 engine or a radical I6, making the new M-One a serious competitor for models like the Mercedes SLS and the Audi R8.

More details floating in the rumor mill suggest that the M-One supercar will be built on a carbon fiber chassis and will feature a slew of technologies already being used on recent concepts. The sketches conjured up apparently reveal a design that is a little bit Vision Connected Drive meets the i8. Since then, BMW has added a roof and a higher windscreen to judge reaction from the industry.

This is all glorious news if it is indeed true, but we wouldn’t advise anyone to hold their breath just yet.

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1980 BMW M1 on sale for $250,000

1980 BMW M1 on sale for $250,000

Do you have an extra $250,000 in your pocket and the desire to buy a legendary car? Well how about a 1980 BMW M1 supercar, the first and only mid-engined BMW. And with only 456 units built you can be sure you’ll have a piece of history in your garage. The car is for sale in Scotts Valley, California and only has 26,999 miles on the odometer.

With a 24-valve cylinder head, the engine had 277 hp at 6500 rpm and develops 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. It was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and of hitting a top speed of 162 mph. The BMW M1 was developed in cooperation with Lamborghini and designed by Giugiaro. When it went on sale in 1978, the M1 was priced at $45,000, so it seems the car has really aged like a fine wine to be put up for $250K.

So this might be your chance to own a vintage BMW supercar before the new Vision inspired supercar from BMW debuts in 2015. Let’s see how the price of this 1980 BMW inflates once the new supercar is unveiled!

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BMW M1 at the ADAC Zurich 24H Classic Race

BMW M1 at the ADAC Zurich 24H Classic Race

One of the most under reported and interesting races are the historic car races still happening around the world. Most recently at the Nürburgring 24h, the Classics undertook a classic 3h endurance race on the Nordschleife in Germany.

One car stood out from the impressive line-up and it is good to see that the Nelson Piquet 1980 car was on show at the 2010 ADAC Zurich 24h Classic race with a respectable best laptime on the Nordschleife and the GP circuit of 9:28.

This line of historic BMW M1s were produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981 and were the only mid-engined BMWs to be mass produced.

In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into a contract with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation into Group 4.

The result was the hand-builtM1 coupe that was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW.

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BMW's M1 supercar set to appear at the Dubai Auto Show

BMW’s M1 supercar set to appear at the Dubai Auto Show

The year’s final auto show - the Dubai International Auto Show - is set to take place from December 16-20 and it looks like a number of supercar concepts are scheduled to make an appearance. Now on it’s 10th year, the Dubai Auto Show is shaping up to be the last big hurrah for a lot of automakers to showcase their concepts before the calendar turns to 2010.

One car that has already been given the green light to grace the event is BMW’s M1 supercar. First unveiled last year, the M1 is expected to hit Dubai as a mid-engined car with a number of modifications - it looks a little bigger from the one that was unveiled before and - from when we first saw it back in 2008. So the new BMW M1 will be inspired by both the original M1 and the concept. According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Middle East: "The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car which exuded passion. Its forerunner, the BMW Turbo by Paul Bracq, displayed innovative technical solutions that found their expression in emotional design"

It will be wider, taller and wilder than the original M1 and will feature the same rear window and the front grille will be taken from the concept. But aside from that BMW has not given any further information on the M1’s appearance in Dubai so it’s anybody’s guess if the car that’s going to be bought is another concept or a production model. Nevertheless, news of the car’s scheduled appearance in Dubai should make it one of the most highly-anticipated items that’s headed for the show.

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BMW M1 rumored to make return in 2012

BMW M1 rumored to make return in 2012

The overwhelmingly positive response of the ‘Jetsons-esque’ Vision EfficientDynamics may have given BMW the shot in the arm it has long waited for.

Due to the glorious feedback generated by the concept car, BMW is not tinkering with the idea of bringing back the M1 by 2012 where it would be based on the 2+2 coupe concept of the Vision EfficientDynamics.

The rumoured M1 will also come with the same hybrid powertrain that comes with the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, a sign that BMW may be more serious than anyone ever thought about the its efforts in becoming more eco-friendly.

In the event that it does use the hybrid powertrain, the M1 will be expected to carry a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that comes with an electric motor. The power output expected to come out of this set-up is expected to reach as much as 350 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, we’re not expecting the M1 to look remotely close to that of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, although we are anticipating that BMW will take a few styling cues from the concept and adapt it to the M1. After all, what’s the point of basing the car to the concept if it won’t have any resemblance to it?

In any event, if this supposed reincarnation of the M1 is all BMW says it would be, then we can expect it to generate the same type of reaction the Vision EfficientDynamics concept got in Frankfurt. And that’s going to be great news for the boys of BMW.

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BMW M1 Concept to be revealed in Frankfurt

BMW M1 Concept to be revealed in Frankfurt

The initial rumors about agreen sports car concept from BMW started appearing just the other day. Now, thanks to the German automotive journal Auto Motor Und Sport, we can reveal a few more details about the upcoming concept. The German Magazine reported that it will be called the M1 Hybrid Concept and that it will feature a hybrid drive train technology and will have the same dimensions as a 3-Series measuring 14.75 ft long. The exterior design will be inspired by the M1 Homage car of course.

Compared to the M1 Homage car, the new hybrid 2+2 model will be powered by an electric motor mounted at the front axle combined with a small internal combustion engine in the back. This will keep emissions under 100 g/km, and thanks of a low curb weight the BMW will offer the same performance as a Porsche 911.

Stay tuned for even more details!

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BMW M1: game on and going green

BMW M1: game on and going green

BMW has been teasing the public with the BMW Hommage concept since April. Rumors have confirmed both its production and its demise. Last thing we heard was that is was dead in the cost-cutting of the current market. Now we are hearing buzz that a production version is back on (again), but this time there are some logical details to back it up.

AutoWeek has received some info that says everything except flat-out confirming plans to revive the M1 name. BMW is looking for a place to showcase its new EfficientDynamics (better fuel economy, better performance) program. It wants to use its latest technology to create a "a breakthrough green supercar" according to BMW source.

Like the original M1, the new car would likely be a two-seat, mid-engined six-cylinder coupe. It would use lightweight construction materials and a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine making 400+ horsepower. "The idea is to take the supercar to a whole new level of environmental compatibility using technology and materials already in wide use today," Autoweek’s source said.

If all goes well, BMW’s eco-friendly supercar could make it to limited production by 2012.

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BMW M1 To Race Again

BMW M1 To Race Again

Thirty years ago, BMW set the world on fire with the 3.5-liter mid-engine M1. BMW built it with racing in mind, and even created the Procar race series exclusively for modified versions of the car. Four years and a little over 450 vehicles later, the dream was over. Now to celebrate the anniversary, BMW is hitting the track with ten of the M1 Procar Championship Series cars at the Hockenheimring in Munich, Germany, on July 19 and 20. Until then enjoy some new footage of the road car taking a few laps at the Nürburgring and some classic footage of the Procar Series in Monaco.



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BMW will revive M1 Procar Series

BMW will revive M1 Procar Series

BMW will revive this year at the F1 German Grand Prix programme their M1 Procar series. The event will take place on 19th and 20th July at Hockenheim.

The M1 was unveiled 30 years ago as the first t independently built car by the BMW Motorsport GmbH. The idea of developing the BMW M1, however, was the brainchild of Jochen Neerpasch, the head of BMW Motorsport GmbH at the time, and it was he who initiated the single-make series with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley within the relatively relaxed structure of F1 three decades ago.

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BMW M1 Prototype?

BMW M1 Prototype?

Real or not, this M1 Prototype looks amazing, and we only hope that BMW will built it in the near future, or that the production version will look at list as hot as this one!

Only few days after the launch of the M1 Hommage Concept, FreshTarmac claims the thing you see in the picture is the 2008 BMW M1 Prototype.

It looks like its sitting on a stretched chassis of the current BMW M3 incorporating various parts including the front fascia and the hood.

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BMW M1 Hommage in action

To mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1 sports car, BMW Group Design unveiled an ’homage’ version of the model at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2008 at Lake Como. The anniversary prompted BMW to devote its 2008 Concorso exhibition to the M1 car that came from the drawing board of Italian stylist Giorgio Giugiaro.

BMW released the first video of the M1 Hommage in action! Enjoy!

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30 Years of BMW M1

30 Years of BMW M1

BMW launched the M1 in autumn 1978 at the 64th Paris Motor Show. Sports car fans and lovers were able to admire a super-low, extremely dynamic new model making it quite clear at very first sight that this was Germany’s fastest road-going sports car: the BMW M1, 277 bhp strong, and well over 160 mph fast. That was indeed quite something, considering that BMW’s super-sports car had a price-tag back then in 1978 of exactly DM 100,000, enough for four BMW 323is plus a couple of optional extras.

Choosing the engine, BMW Motorsport GmbH initially focused on two concepts: Advance studies of Formula engines had led, inter alia, to a ten-cylinder code-named the M81, a V-engine with its cylinders at an angle of 144°. Suitably modified, this engine was also examined for its possible use in a sports car. But then the team around BMW’s Motorsport Director Jochen Neerpasch quickly opted in favour of a new straight-six, an engine concept supported by the excellent experience BMW had gained in the CSI races.

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BMW M1 History in video

The BMW M1 was built between 1978 and 1981. BMW built only 451 units during its life time. It was powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter straight 6 engine delivering 277 hp. It could reach a top speed of 162 mph.

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2010 BMW M1

2010 BMW M1

BMW reinvented the hatchback segment with the release of their Series 2, the only model in the class to offer rear wheel drive and longitudinal engines. The German manufacturer has decided that the success shouldn’t stop here. Therefore they intend to produce two new vehicles based on their smallest model. Baptized Series 2, the compact coupe and cabriolet will produce the ultimate thrills in their M Power installments.

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BMW confirmed M1

BMW confirmed M1

BMW will add to the 1-series line-up a new model: the M1. The M1 badge would be resurrected on a very different beast to the landmark 1970s supercar though; this time it’ll feature on the rump of the new 1-series coupe, standard versions of which will arrive next year.
The 1-series will will remain in production until 2011, so the M1 will be launched sometime next year. It will be powered by a 3.2-litre six engine, from the current M3, with an output of 343 hp. It will accelerate from (...)

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