Which BMW would you restomod if money were no option?

BMW M1, News | February 15th, 2017 by 6
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In a recent article from Top Gear, they came up with a restomod idea for a BMW 2002. If you aren’t familiar with restomodding, it’s …

In a recent article from Top Gear, they came up with a restomod idea for a BMW 2002. If you aren’t familiar with restomodding, it’s the act of modifying a classic car while restoring it, so as the restoration occurs, certain parts are replaced with more modern parts to improve and upgrade certain aspects of the car. For example, upgrading a car from drum brakes to disk brakes. Top Gear’s recent restomod idea was to take a BMW 2002 and replace its four-cylinder engine with the S54 engine from an E46 M3. While that sounds like a ton of fun, we started thinking about going bigger.

Why stop at a BMW 2002 with an E46 M3 engine? Let’s start getting crazy. So I thought we could create a hypothetical restomod of our own and then you fine folks could join in and give us your ideas. So let’s roll up our hypothetical sleeves and do this thing.

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If you’re going to do an awesome restomod and don’t have to worry about money, why not go all out? So let’s start with the BMW M1, one of the best looking and most spectacular BMWs of all times. It’s hard to beat the classic, Giugiaro-designed, wedge-shaped looks of the M1, especially in today’s world. However, despite its looks being impossible to recreate today, its performance leaves a lot to be desired compared to modern cars.

While the 3.5 liter I6 engine, designed by Paul Rosche, was absolutely incredible, it lacks the sort of power and performance we’ve become used to today. So let’s swap that engine out for the N55 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine from the BMW M2. So, instead of 273 hp, the restomodded M1 would make 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, far more than enough to make the M1 a monster. In fact, it would probably be considerably faster than the M2, as the M1 is quite a bit lighter.

If we’re going to swap out the engine with something far more modern, we’re going to have to swap the gearbox out as well. So, instead of the old five-speed manual gearbox, we’re going to use the same six-speed manual Getrag unit from the M2 as well. I’d also change out the suspension for more modern coilovers, maybe a set of adjustable Bilsteins.

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We’re also going to upgrade the interior a bit, as it’s a bit drab in the standard M1. The exterior of the M1 is awesome, but its cabin can be dreary. So we’ll replace the seats with the cool carbon fiber-back buckets from the BMW M4 GTS. At first, I was going to swap out the steering wheel for something more modern, but I personally like the old-school look of the M1’s wheel, so I’ll just wrap it in Alcantara to make it feel more special.

To be honest, this would be a perfect car for me just like that. This would be my perfect BMW restomod. Or for the day, I have a very short attention span. Now it’s your turn to create your perfect BMW restomod project with money being no option.

[Source: Top Gear]

6 responses to “Which BMW would you restomod if money were no option?”

  1. Jason says:

    The M1 is a gem; it’s hardly a candidate for something so pedestrian as an N55. It needs a S65 or S85.

  2. 2sfhim says:

    3.0 CSL. I’ve seen a few recently. What a sound!

  3. IceDree says:

    I’ll go with:

    1) an E66 7er. I know its not old enough to need a restoration or rare enough to command special attention, but its my dream BMW & I have aspired to own one since I was a kid when it came out. In a perfect money is not an issue world, I’d get 2. Restore one to factory condition & restomod the other one.
    The body would remain the same (aside from debadging it) & I’ll fit it with either BMW style 101 or 89 wheels.
    I’ll replace the engine, transmission & brakes with a modern V8, 8spd & M brakes.
    The interior will receive the most work. New leathers, woods, brushed aluminum, alcantra headliner, seats from the M760Li, iDrive 5, HUD, P&W speakers … etc. Alongside redesigning some things to prefect the interior.
    2) an E38 7er.
    I’ll go with a pre LCI model. Similar to my plan for the E66 (minus the iDrive). I’ll keep restomods to minimum aside from the mechanicals.
    3) I’d love to convert a Z8 into a V12 shooting-brake, but given the rarity & value of the Z8 I doubt I’d actually do it if I had the means … unless I got my hands on a wrecked one, rebuild it & continue from there.

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