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 |  Jul 24 2014, 2:14 PM

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Companies love to celebrate anniversaries, and apparently BMW has something pretty special planned for its 100th birthday.

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 |  Jun 20 2012, 8:33 AM

Almost becoming a yearly event, rumors of a successor to the BMW M1 have surfaced yet again, this time with reports that the German automaker plans to revive the model in 2016.

As we learned in the past, the supercar would be built with a lightweight body featuring plenty of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and plastic. Rumor has it that BMW is targeting a weight of around 2,756 lbs. With such a lightweight body, the company plans to mate it to a turbocharged V8 powerplant with anywhere from 592- to 641-hp. Undoubtedly this would make for one ultimate driving machine.

And as is the style of all supercars these days, BMW would employ an engine start/stop system and brake energy regeneration to maximize fuel efficiency – however you can with a supercar.

Adding fuel to the fire, the M1 successor could be priced upwards of $300,000. Official word from BMW will not likely come anytime soon on an M1 successor, but it’s apparent that it is on the table as a possibility.

GALLERY: BMW M1 Hommage Concept

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[Source: Automobilwoche]

 |  Jan 25 2012, 5:00 PM

Not since the original 1978-81 M1 (shown) has BMW‘s performance division offered a bonafide supercar, yet as the performance envelope is pushed further with the division’s other offerings, the idea to launch a halo, bespoke model has been gaining traction.

Yet, despite enthusiasm from within the ranks of M division, including development boss Albert Biermann, it’s currently proving tough to convince management at BMW itself to green light such a project. Currently, the resources are available to build the car but it simply isn’t considered a profitable exercise especially given BMW’s current business strategy which requires that each model in the product portfolio make money.

“We have the skills and we’d love to do it,” Biermann said recently. “We’ve discussed it several times but  [so far] we’ve never been able to make the business case.”

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Aug 11 2011, 11:30 AM

This BMW M1 art car once belonged to Peter Gregg, one of America’s greatest race drivers, who campaigned a 3.0 CSL and participated in Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Now, it’s up for auction with some artistic provenance.

Before Gregg tragically ended his own life in 1980, he ordered an M1 from his grateful employers at BMW. There, he had the car painted by artist Frank Stella, who became interested in motorsports after painting Gregg’s CSL that he raced in Le Mans. Stella painted the car to match a series of paintings he called “Polar Coordinates,” which were done in order to commemorate Gregg’s teammate Ronnie Peterson, who was killed in a crash at Monza.

“Sport and art have one key thing in common: in the end it comes down to satisfaction,” said Stella. “My philosophy is: always give of your best. Sometimes I’m surprised at what turns out, at other times I’m disappointed. Out here on the racetrack it’s very hard not to be thrilled.”

After Gregg’s death, his widow sold the car in 1990. Nine years later the next owner donated it to the Guggenheim Museum, who are now selling the car to finance other acquisitions. The M1 will be sold by Bonhams at Pebble Beach, where it is expected to go for $450,000 to $600,000.

[Source: Sports Car Digest]

 |  May 25 2011, 8:34 AM

The rumor mill from BMW headquarters, according to a company insider, indicates a possibility of a M1-like supercar—but you’ll have to take it with a heaping pile of salt.

Scott27, a relentless forum user and alleged BMW insider, has leaked to the Interwebs that the Bavarian designers are currently considering the idea of a halo M supercar—the spiritual successor to the legendary M1.

“The strategy has just begun and where it is at is a few sketches by the design department and ideas conjured around a conference table,” said Scott27. “We have no production plans yet.”

The potential M-car would be dubbed M-One, a vanguard of new BMWs in the same revolutionary vein as the Neue Klasse 40 years ago. It would feature extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, as well as every technological triumph BMW can throw at it.

An internal sketch shows influences from—unsurprisingly—the M1 Homage concept from a few years ago, as well as the Vision ConnectedDrive. After some senior heads noticed, they suggested more production-friendly elements like a roof and a windshield that actually provides visibility, in order to judge internal reactions. If it’s anything like the M1 concept, those reactions will be positive and retro-futuristic.

Ultimately, even if this entire rumor doesn’t turn out to be a load of fetid dingo’s kidneys, the earliest a BMW supercar could be built would be “after 2015,” says the BMW insider. It would clash with Audi’s R8 as a crosstown rival, but BMW is more likely focusing on environmental efficiency—such as the i cars—than fueling the unobtainable supercar battle.

No word on whether Mr. Scott will find himself out on the street (or worse) in exchange for this Prometheus-like exchange of information.

GALLERY: BMW M1 Homage Concept

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[Source: GermanCarForum]

 |  May 10 2011, 12:51 PM

Finding a BMW M1 is a rare thing. Finding a BMW M1 art-car is almost impossible. Now one of these rare M1 art-cars is going to the auction block. Interested? Thought you might be.

Back in the mid-1970s BMW recruited artists to paint their race cars, which eventually lead them do some road-cars. Artists such as Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder did one-off designs which brought both the car-maker and the artists much publicity. However, all the art-cars commissioned by BMW themselves sit in a museum and are unlikely to ever be sold.

But this Frank Stella designed M1 is going to be offeredfor sale by Bonhams in August, during the Pebble Beach Concours activities. So how did this art-car escape from BMW’s clutches?

While this project was prepared by a BMW factory authorized artist, it was commissioned by Peter Gregg, a seven-time International Motor Sports Association world-champion racer. He wanted an art-car of his own and requested BMW to make one just for him. The car was prepared in 1979 by BMW Motorsport GmbH and hence has the bodywork of the BMW Pro Car Group Four racer.

In 1999, the car was given to the Guggenheim Museum, and has since then made only a few public outings. The car is currently on display in the IBM building at 56th and Madison Avenue in New York, and will remain there for the rest of the week.

Bonhams will auction the car at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA. on Aug. 18th. It is predicted to pull in around $450,000 to $600,000. That is a lot of money, but we think it’s a much better way to spend money on art rather than buying an oil painting on canvas.

[Source: NY Times]

 |  May 01 2011, 8:56 PM

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Looking to spend over $150,000 on a true collectible? This 1980 BMW M1 was spotted on eBay sporting quite the price tag, but with good reason. Not only is it just one of 456 M1s ever produced, the original owner of this vehicle has kept it completely pristine and it only sports 2,745 miles on the odometer. The vehicle is completely stock and unrestored, its original Henna Red still shining brilliantly.

The vehicle has been garaged the majority of its life in a German private residence and was only recently imported over to America after the 25-year requirement passed. The M1 sports a 3.5L straight-six powerplant, boasting 277-hp and a five-speed manual transmission. Looking for a true collectible? Hope you’ve been saving your pennies since birth!

GALLERY: Mint Condition BMW M1

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[Source: eBay via Carscoop]

 |  Sep 17 2010, 12:28 PM

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BMW Classic, the division responsible for maintaining and restoring historic BMW vehicles, is auctioning off an M1 and a 3.0CSL at the Bonhams classic car auction in Dubai next month.

BMW will use the sale to promote its racing heritage and raise the profile of the brand. BMW also plans to auction other vehicles in the future. Bonhams has previously auctioned large collections of BMW motorcycles.

Hit the jump to read the official press release

[Source: BMW Blog]

Gallery: BMW M1 and 3.0 CSL

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 |  May 10 2010, 4:28 PM

Picture 1Remember how fast we thought the Lamborghini Countach, BMW M1, and Porsche 928 GTS were? Remember hanging posters on our walls, idolizing the wedge-shaped awesomeness and iconic styling of the DeTomaso Pantera or the Ferrari 308? How can we forget?

After all, every time we see a Countach out in the wild, we drop what we are doing, watch, and listen to it go by, remembering those posters. But one thing we may have forgotten is how fast they actually went? Or, more importantly, how slow they are by today’s standards. Yes, it’s been 30 years and cars have come a long way. But we still think of a Countach as a fast car, right? Not when you consider the fact that a 2011 base, V6 Mustang will outperform it in most areas.

Jalopnik was nice enough to dig up a 1981 issue of Popular Mechanics, where legendary racers Phil Hill and Stirling Moss put 16 of the wildest 1981 production cars through their paces on the track to find out who was the performance king, with somewhat surprising results. Because we’re awesome, we’ve included the results table for you, but check out the entire article via Google Books. For the record, Dragtimes reports the 2011 V6 Mustang as running a 13.7 @ 102 mph.

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[Source: Popular Mechanics via Google Books Page 112]

 |  Apr 14 2010, 10:45 AM

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BMW reps will be hard pressed to deny the existence of a high-performance 1 Series thanks to some new spy photos (and video) that have been captured of the uncovered car lapping the Nürburgring.

What is obvious from the photos are some M3 design cues, some big wheels (reminiscent of the M3 Competition package wheels) and who could miss those massive flared fenders out back – indicating some larger rubber is probably in order to deal with the added power. As for what kind of power this car might make, it’s anyone’s guess. The M3 V8 is most certainly not an option, so expect to see a powerplant similar to the one in the 335is, making 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque (370 ft-lbs for a limited time). Other items rumored to be included are a limited slip differential and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It’s not yet clear if BMW will name this car the 135is or perhaps the 1 Series M.

See the video after the jump or hit the link below for more photos:

[Source: Autoblog]

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 |  Jan 06 2010, 10:35 AM

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As of late there has been a great deal of discussion about the possibility of BMW adding an M-badged version of the 1 Series to its lineup and now we have confirmed reports that the model has been given the green light. The 1-Series M will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six engine, but with 350-hp.

This engine will differ significantly from the one currently found in the 135i. Instead, the 1-Series M-car will use a version of the new turbo 3.0-liter, which recently debuted in the 535i GT, which offers even more linear power delivery. Also scheduled is a more efficient intercooler setup. Power will be put to the ground via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and torque is expected to be rated at around 310 ft-lbs.

The car will slot in directly below the M3 in the German automaker’s lineup and is expected to cost around $45,000. In an interview with the U.K.’s AutoCar, BMW M division boss Kay Segler said that, “With the modular production processes in place at BMW, it is possible to create performance cars that customers can not only dream about owning but also realistically afford.”

As for the rest of the car, weight is expected to be not much more than 3,300 lbs, which should help the smallest M-car to deliver a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds and be an absolute hoot in the twisties – and on the track!

Other highlights include 18-inch wheels, a revised suspension setup and a subtle M aero kit.

Along with being more powerful, the new engine is also more fuel efficient and thanks to brake energy regeneration and the possibility of a start-stop system, the more powerful model will use roughly the same amount of fuel as the current 135i.

BMW has yet to release official details on the car, but it is expected to go on sale in 2011.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Dec 09 2009, 10:49 AM

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BMW is reportedly developing a new exotic sports car, inspired by both the original M1 and the new Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. According to a high-up source inside BMW, cited by EVO magazine, “M Division should have its own supercar built in three years.”

The plan is to have the car ready by 2012, but BMW is first concentrating its efforts on increasing market share and growing the M brand with a new M car based on the 1 Series.

This new flagship for the brand would use a hybrid setup and likely also be inspired visually by the stunning and progressive design of the Vision ED concept, which debuted at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. It isn’t likely to be a plug in hybrid, but a hybrid system is expected. And rather than a diesel engine, it would use conventional gasoline motor, likely the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found in cars like the X6 ActiveHybrid.

The idea would be to have two electric motors providing low rpm power, while the turbocharged gasoline engine would be used at higher revs. A regenerative braking system would also be a part of the package.

BMW hasn’t officially confirmed the project but it’s likely to debut in 2012, to take on the SLS from rival German automaker Mercedes. To a certain extent it would seem rather late to the party by 2012, but Mercedes’s planned electric SLS isn’t due out until 2015.

GALLERY: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

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[Source: EVO]

 |  Dec 09 2009, 10:29 AM

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An M version of the BMW 1 Series is in the German automaker’s product development plan and now we have more details about how the new model might just turn out. The top engineer at BMW’s M division has already said that a serious performance car below the M3 is a top priority and according to a report by EVO magazine this new M is likely to get a 400-hp version of the 135i’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six, making 370 ft-lbs of torque. The range-topping 1 Series would also get a version of the M3′s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

In addition, BMW engineers are reportedly working to shave around 150 lbs of weight off the stock 1 Series platform. We expect a fully revised suspension setup, as well as some nice M interior components. EVO‘s sources say we should expect an exterior design similar to the 1 Series Concept tii (shown above).

As for price, it should slot in half way between the M3 and 135i, which would put it in the $45,000 range. The car should be on sale by 2011.

What we still don’t know about this new car is what it will be called. Typical BMW nomenclature would suggest M1, but as that was the name of BMW’s first exotic car, the German automaker is likely to retain its use for a top-level supercar that will rival the Mercedes SLS AMG. EVO also reports that BMW is working on such a car now!

[Source: EVO]

 |  Sep 29 2009, 12:26 PM

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BMW will resurrect the M1, basing the new exotic car on the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car will hit the market in 2012 says the U.K.’s AutoExpress, keeping much of the concept car’s green technologies, while offering performance to rival the Audi R8.

The car will be geared towards performance with a two-plus-two seating arrangement. It will also (says AutoExpress) get a 3D heads up display.

The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder hybrid powertrain will also be used, making roughly 350hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in under five seconds. A drag coefficient of just 0.22 cd is expected thanks to a setup that will see air directed through the front bumper and out of the front wheel arches – something that will also improve stability at speed.

The new 1.5-liter engine is also expected to be used across BMW’s product range, helping to brand the company with a new environmentally responsible image.

GALLERY: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept in Frankfurt

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[Source: AutoExpress]