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Rumor: Is the BMW M1 back in play?

Rumors | September 23rd, 2009 by 20
BMW M1 Vision Concept

Rumor of the day, Autoexpress UK opens with the following headline: BMW’s M1 is back!According to our UK fellows, the new M1 is based on …

Rumor of the day, Autoexpress UK opens with the following headline: BMW’s M1 is back!According to our UK fellows, the new M1 is based on the recently unveiled BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept and it will launch in 2012.

The M1 is rumored to have ultra-low ride height, active aerodynamics and an aggressive rear end, similar to the Vision Concept. Inside, the two-plus-two seating will remain intact, but latest gadgetry will be incorporated: digital dash, multimedia connectivity and an advanced version of the the iDrive.

The focus of the new BMW M1 will be on performance and efficiency, even if some comfort levels will need to be sacrificed.

BMW M1 Vision ConceptAs far as power, the engine seen in the Vision Concept will power the new M1: the 3-cylinder 1.5-litre hybrid engine with electric motors.

AutocarExpress says that “to make the most of this raw speed, the M1 will be equipped with BMW’s Air Curtain system. This arrangement channels airflow through the front bumper and out ahead of the front wheels. It reduces turbulence in the wheelarches and cuts the car’s drag coefficient to 0.22Cd – the lowest of any BMW. Subtle folds in the bodywork will also create downforce without the need to use large spoilers.”

One of their sources also confirmed our previous statements, the new hybrid engine is virtually production ready, along with the DCT gearbox already used in the M3. ““Our DCT gearbox – already available in the M3 – offers quick shifts, and the new car’s chassis is a piece of art. Crucially, it’s ready for the road.”

The source also suggested that this will an Audi R8 rival, so prices are expected to be in the same range.

Our take on this: for months now, BMW has denied the future plans of an M1 vehicle, sources close to the company said that a 135i Supersport version, with M1-like characteristics, will be available in the near future. Recently, there have been more news regarding a future Z model based on the Vision Concept, some mentioning a Z2, Z9 or even Z10 roadster. At this point, we can’t really speculate further, we’re trying to see if we can shed some light on this, so we will let you know as soon as we hear something.

It is also known that, in the past, BMW has drastically changed their future plans, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the widely positive press and reactions the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept received, might have influenced their decision to build an M1 supercar.

[Source: AutoExpress ]

  • bunker

    …just maybe not lime green. :)

  • lboogy

    Bimmer, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! build this frikin car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Giom

    In other words, the Vision EfficientDynamics will be called the M1.

  • n8n

    OH MY GOD! This is the beautiest sports car EVER! Design is much better than R8!!! BMW MUST put this car into produce!! …another dream not available for simple human… (I mean myself…) I love this car!

  • michael

    if BMW is going to build a M1 – make it look the M1 homage please :)

  • efoza

    i have justordered mine

  • Doug

    The two designs have a lot in common (M1 homage + vision). Surely whatever the M1 will have been evolved from those design elements, so it’s arbitrary to say that it will be based on the m1 or the vision.

    The design depicted above doesn’t seem realistic, because the elements are taken ad hoc and don’t fit well. it’s got the nose of the vision/m1 and the body of a nissan coupe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    if it will be called m1 i think its best to look exactly like m1 hommage with minor changes..and if they call it like that it must be..
    but i think it gonna have different name,like Zx,cause it will be based on this vision concept..great look! but there something special about m1 hommage..i guees its history,uniqueness…one thing about vision its stupid ,those 2 + seats,whats the meaning of that !specially cos there ll not be room at all…
    and supercar is not about hybrid..its about power..for the present time…
    iin 2050 bmw can make all electric speed master,or hydrogen….but now its about gas..

  • David

    I’m in love!!!

  • Shawn

    Mean Green Driving Machine.

    I am blown away by the VED concept and word of a production supercar really excites me. Only one amendment: I would ask that BMW use their proven high-output 3.0L Diesel in place of the 1.5. The extra power will truly launch this car into ‘supercar’ territory and still acheive increadible efficiency.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606537854 Danny Zandamela

    About time!!!

  • X5SoB

    One has to remember this is an AutoExpress photoshop and not what the final car will look like. However, the idea of a supercar that is a showcase of BMW technology and supergreen as well… that’s exciting stuff. Build it, quick, before the higher ups change their minds again.
    I had some ideas of an aerodynamic management system just like the Air Curtain System you’ve described, but never had the resources to follow up on it. I should have at least patented it, but, oh well. I’ll just have to be content with the fact that my favorite car company will bring it to market, and that I’m not as big a dumbass that my wife sometimes thinks I am!

  • viper

    could be true….but with 1.5 engine its just ridiculous , why not put 6.0 and make it a super sports car

    • X5SoB

      You obviously don’t get the concept of Efficient Dynamics. If you put a 6.0 L in it, it’s not very efficient. Besides, the power numbers being thrown around combined with its weight makes this a “super sports car” already, with just the 1.5 L.

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  • Pule

    Now its high time bmw must really produce a supercar that will be rival to r8 and others

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