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BMW M1 On The Way?

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On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 8:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW M1 On The Way?

Well, here's one of the juiciest rumors that we've heard in... well, since the last M1 rumor: BMW is reportedly considering a possible M1 revival (again). Far from a done deal, the rumors indicate that BMW is at the very initial stages of such a possibility, working on a few sketches of the design. So, even if you take the Internet-based rumor at face value, there's still a long way to go before we ever see an M1. And still a lot of time for BMW to can the project.

The original M1, which was produced by BMW from 1978 to 1981, is, to this day, the ultimate (and pretty much only) BMW supercar. Developed with the help of Lamborghini, the two-seater used a mid-mounted 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels. It is a true Bimmer icon.

Three years ago, at the 2008 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, BMW built a concept that paid tribute to the M1, the fittingly-named M1 Homage. Since that time, rumors of a production version have raged on and off.

According to a post on German Car Forums, a sketch of a coupe mixing elements of the i8 and its conceptual predecessor the Vision EfficientDynamics was made and passed around at BMW's headquarters. While the sketch was made for an unrelated purpose, it reportedly caught the eye of some big wigs and planted the seed for a possible M1 project. If the project does get the go-ahead, the M1 wouldn't launch before 2015.

No word as to what would power the car, which is being called the "M-One", or other key details, but since it all sounds extremely tentative, it doesn't matter that much anyway. Take from the rumor what you will.

So, will BMW have both an i8 green supercar and more traditional M1 supercar side by side? A possibility, but a long way from actually happening.


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