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?

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

Why It Matters

With the M Division, every car is about pushing the envelope of performance. As we have seen with cars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, hybridizing a supercar can have profound boosts to performance. If you were to combine the electric technology of the i8 and combine it with something like the 6.0-liter V-12 from the 760Li, you would have a world beating monster.

Thanks to all the ultra-lightweight carbon fiber in the construction of the i8, a modified version wearing an M badge would likely undercut the weight of something like the P1 by a few hundred pounds.

Imagine a V-12 hybrid with around 700 horsepower that weighs just a bit more than a Miata. That would be simply awesome.


The BMW M1 was a mid-engined supercar designed by BMW in the late 1970s. It was originally going to be created as a race car in conjuction with Lamborghini, but after plans with the Italian automaker fell through, BMW built it themselves.

This hand-built piece of engineering excellence is the main reason that the BMW we know and love to day exists. It was the first M car and subsequently the birth of the M Division. It’s engine was modified and was used to power the first M5 and M6 cars. That same engine was also modified to Group 5 specifications and used to power racing cars.

The M1 was the first true step BMW took to becoming the performance king it is today.\

2008 BMW M1 Homage

2008 BMW M1 Hommage High Resolution Exterior
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2008 BMW M1 Hommage High Resolution Exterior
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2008 BMW M1 Hommage High Resolution Exterior
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bmw m1 rear

Source: CarAdvice

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