According to German magazines AutoBild and AutomobilWoche, BMW is planning a remake of the M1. Just four years ago BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage, a concept that blends the classic lines of a BMW supercar with advanced design techniques.
The mid-engine M1 supercar was built between 1978 and 1981, and only 460 copies were sold.
The rumor mill churns out that the new M supercar may come in 2016, just two years after the unveil of the i8, another visionary model that BMW advertises as the future hybrids sportcar.
While the name has yet to be decided (BMW has trademarks on M1, M8 and recently M10), the report says that the engine of choice in the M supercar would be a V8 unit that could accomplish anywhere from 600 to 650 horsepower. Top speed is said to come at 330 km/h (205 mph), aiming to exceed rivals like the Audi R8, new Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
Despite BMW’s heavy investment in carbon fiber manufacturing, the future supercar will make us of conventional materials: aluminum, magnesium, titanium and various plastics. The weight target is 1,250 kilograms (2755 lbs).
The price target for the “real M supercar”? The German magazines hint at 250,000 Euros.
Our own sources say that BMW has never abandoned the idea of a new M1 or M8 supercar, but a business case has been tough to be created for the board. Same sources say that clay models or even a full scale concept exists somewhere in the BMW design shops, but it remains unknown if Adrian Van Hooydonk’s team of designers will go back to the drawing board to incorporate some of the elements in related to the new design language.