Rumor: BMW M1 Concept Hybrid to be unveiled at IAA

Rumors | July 31st, 2009 by 26
bmw m1 concept iaa Rumor: BMW M1 Concept Hybrid to be unveiled at IAA

The chatter between us and our sources close to BMW has increased these past days, mostly due to the BMW Formula 1 announcement but also …

The chatter between us and our sources close to BMW has increased these past days, mostly due to the BMW Formula 1 announcement but also because of the BMW official statement regarding the unveiling of a new concept car at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

For the past few months, we’ve been hearing that BMW is preparing to show two different concepts at German auto show, one of them confirmed several times: the new Z Vision Concept(future BMW Z2).

The details surrounding the second concept have been sketchy and no one would like to comment on that, so the German publication Auto Motor und Sport caught us by surprise when they announced the name of this second model: BMW M1 Concept Hybrid.

bmw m1 concept iaa 655x436 Rumor: BMW M1 Concept Hybrid to be unveiled at IAA

Rendering – does not represent the actual model

We won’t say they’re wrong, but at the same time it would be irresponsible to take this rumor as valid, so we’ll let you be the judge of these news. Apparently the BMW M1 Concept Hybrid is based on the beautiful, highly acclaimed and admired, M1 Hommage.

The BMW M1 Concept Hybrid is less massive than the Hommage model, similar to a 3 Series with a 2+2 seating arrangement. The “green super sport car” is set in motion by a small internal combustion engine combined with an electric motor at the front and rear axle.

The speculations continue around the performance of this new concept which alledgely can reach speed levels similar to a Porsche 911. One thing that we can probably agree on immediately is the use of lightweight materials, an initiative that BMW has been focusing on recently.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport -English Translation]

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