Photo Comparison: BMW Vision M NEXT vs BMW M1 Hommage

BMW M, Interesting, News | June 26th, 2019 by 5
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Earlier today, we looked at the BMW Vision M NEXT back-to-back with the BMW i8. The former is a concept car that pays tribute to all of the major mid-engine cars in BMW’s past and the latter is actually one of them. However, I actually think the M NEXT looks more like another concept from BMW than anything else. Specifically, the BMW M1 Hommage Concept.

I remember when the M1 Hommage Concept first came out. It was, and still is, stunning and it left every BMW enthusiast wanting the brand to make it. Unfortunately, it never ended up making production (although, one could argue that it ended up becoming the BMW i8). However, it sort of lives on in the BMW M NEXT.

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It’s actually shocking how similar the two cars are and it shows that this new Vision M NEXT concept is actually an M Division car and not just some funky hybrid concept. It’s main inspiration seems to be the original BMW M1, as is the M1 Hommage Concept’s, obviously. Up front, the M NEXT differs a bit from the M1 Hommage and it’s where the two cars differ most. They’re still similar in shape and style but the Kidneys on the new concept are much larger and the headlights are smaller and further apart.

In profile, they might as well be twins. The M1 Hommage is a bit curvier and its rear haunches are more pronounced but the two are so similar it’s striking. If anything, though, I think the new BMW M NEXT is closer to the original M1 than the Hommage Concept is. If you remember, the original M1 was a boxy, wedgy thing, without a smooth curve in sight. This new Vision M NEXT is closer to that than the M1 Hommage, actually.

Out back, it’s clear the two cars are designed to pay tribute to the same car. The squinty taillights, Roundel emblems flanking either side and the louvered rear window are all reminiscent of the original M1 and present on both cars. Again, though, the Vision M NEXT is a bit more broad shouldered and boxy, like the original M1.

The BMW M1 Hommage has been one of my favorite BMW concept cars since its debut. It’s just so good looking and it harkens back to one of the greatest cars in BMW’s history. However, after seeing the BMW Vision M NEXT, I think it’s eclipsed the M1 Hommage for me. It’s just so much like the original M1 while also being so futuristic. In fact, I think it’s one of BMW’s very best concept cars of all time.

5 responses to “Photo Comparison: BMW Vision M NEXT vs BMW M1 Hommage”

  1. Thaal Rasha says:

    The M1 was might by a car designer, the Vision M was made by a clown pretending to be a designer

  2. maxnix says:

    While the color combo is a little jolting at first and because it violates “normal” horizontal lines, the functionality of the overall shape and aerodynamic management is impressive. Externally, we will see a little rescukpturing of the nose, less nostrils and less projection, but most of the changes inside will be to the seats to allow greater range of attitude adjustment. Hopefully a little more color and material texture relief also in future interiors.

  3. Ferro says:

    Just mash em together.
    Side profile up to the hood > m1 Hommage
    After> m next
    Rear> m1 Hommage
    Front a mixture of both

  4. Dustin says:

    Oh, I finally get the BMW logos on this Vision M taillights. Still, like the rest of it, it’s not as well done as the M1 Hommage. Those classic Roundels on the back are great.

    The headlight setup on the M1 is also better. These lasers and such are a perfect opportunity to completely hide the headlights. Like, make the M1 style grille-and-headlight cutout but with the lasers hiding in the negative space. Instead of the new, too small and rather arbitrary headlights on the M NEXT.

    Not that I think the M1 Hommage is really needed. This is BMW, not DeTomasa. Leave the 70s icon in the 70s. It would look out of place in 2019, outside of a Concours, whereas the solution of the i8 is fitting and modern. Keep innovating.

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