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Renewed BMW M1 to Debut at Dubai Motor Show

 Renewed BMW M1 to Debut at Dubai Motor Show
BMW M1 Concept

The BMW M1 supercar is expected to make a renewed appearance at the 10th Dubai International Motor Show. Although it will be displayed for the first time since 2008, BMW is still playing cool on the new car, and will not confirm any potential production plans, despite a puzzling original M1 recently spied in camouflage.

BMW first put the M1 on the market in 1978. BMW's only mid-engine car produced on a large scale was actually built by Lamborghini. It used a 3.5-liter six-cylinder twin-cam engine that produced 273 horsepower, but turbocharged racing versions generated 850 hp. The production car was capable of a 160mph top speed.

The M1 coming to Dubai is also a mid-engined car with rear window louvers, but it has a body that is larger in all directions. However, do not take this as an indication that the car will come to market. BMW is still playing coy, and says the car is only to celebrate the company's heritage.

"The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car which exuded passion," said BMW Middle East exec Phil Horton. "Its forerunner, the BMW Turbo by Paul Bracq, displayed innovative technical solutions that found their expression in emotional design."

While it is unclear if the car headed for the United Arab Emirates is a concept or a production vehicle, we expect full details to come from BMW soon. The new BMW M1 should be one of the top spectacles at the Dubai Show's press day on 15 December.

 

Source: gulfnews.com
Published Dec 10, 2009 11:18 am By Zack Newmark
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GTurbo
At last! A BMW with no Chris Bangled 'flame surface' in sight! Staying true to original retro design. Lamborghini may yet make modern-day Miura once official production announcements are made by BMW. By tomorrow, BMW's finest hour could be realised in Dubai. Coy or not, an Audi R8 reply cannot come soon enough! Get one of these and make a beeline for the M1! Once you lose your licence, don't blame me though!
Dec 14, 2009 5:18 pm
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Targa_Florio
"The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car..." Actually it was one of the first usable mid-engine supercars!
Dec 14, 2009 3:06 pm
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bmwaddict
2010S5, First of all I didn't call u an idiot. Second I don't think there isn't anything better than BMW's, I was simply making an argument. Sadly, throughout your reviews on different topics on this I found that in most cases everybody's wrong and you hold the key to the mighty truth. I also commented on other topics, why don't I see acid comments coming from u there? I guess you just like to pick on BMW fans, I understand, you feel bad as an Audi fan.
Dec 11, 2009 4:21 pm
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2010S5
I wasn't calling you an idiot. I was referring to the guy on top. And no I don't hold the key to any mighty truth. I just strongly hold to my opinions, make my arguments, and don't like to read ignorant comments.
Dec 11, 2009 11:23 pm
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Dragos_DreS
This bmw looks like doo doo!
Dec 11, 2009 9:32 am
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caraddicted
seems you didn't see the real life photos of the M1 hommage you can see them here ;) at the bmw museum http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/09/14/photos-bmw-m1-hommage-at-bmw-museum/
Dec 11, 2009 12:04 am
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2010S5
I honestly can't find anything attractive about the homage. To me it's an epic failure of BMW trying to get at the retro cult. Can BMW for once try to design something that at least looks nice..like a Z8.
Dec 10, 2009 9:37 pm
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GRAVE
Testing big luxury cars in the track is pointless, no one taking these cars in the track, and something else, 760 engine is more powerfull, they should comparing it with the S600
Dec 10, 2009 9:02 pm
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Xenicide
Wow really? Because people that own 7 Series don't go around corners fast or have ANY fun in their cars? WRONG. The top gear testing of the 7 shows what it can do. That's the whole point of track testing cars. Do you think a majority of Cadillac CTS-V owners will ever drive on a track? No. But did that stop Cadillac from months of time on the 'Ring? No. Whenever conditions permit, I'll take my 330 around a corner doing 50mph to get on the interstate and be up to 100 in no time. Why? Because I want to and I know the limits of my car and enjoy pushing them. Sure it's not a 7, but a 7 can do the exact same thing if the driver wants. That's the whole point of people, whether they own that car or not, refer to Top Gear tests of that car. For the most part, they will teeter on the boundary of what that car can do. Yes, MIG really does sound like a fanboy, but with the advancements in technology since the original M1, this new one has huge potential. That's what he's trying to get at.
Dec 11, 2009 6:35 am
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2010S5
Look how flawed your argument is. Going around corners at 50mph and 100 on the interstate? You're under the assumption that people who own these vehicles are reckless drivers like yourself. "Whenever conditions permit"..there is no law that permits anyone to drive unsafely. In reality, probably nobody that owns a 760 will take it to the track or go powersliding around a corner on public roads "whenever conditions permit". And very few will have the balls to take it up over 80 on the freeway. And unless a car is owned by someone who engages in illegal street racing or takes it to a track, it's mostly about the bragging rights. At least here in the US where we have speed limits. On the Autobahn, it's a very different story. There's nothing really wrong judging a car by its track performance, but it would be very unfair to assess a car (especially a $100+K executive saloon that probably will never see a track) solely on how fast it goes. Sure we'll see its potential. So what?
Dec 11, 2009 8:46 am
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Xenicide
You're absolutely retarded. So you're saying that every single driver here in the States obey the posted speed limits and do not drive haphazardly? But you're going to sit there and called my argument flawed? I think it's time you step out of your bubble (parents house) and explore the world. Less than 5% of wrecks are caused by speeding. You're also going to assume that everyone who owns a 7 "doesn't have the balls" to go over 80? Lol, kid, you have no idea.
Dec 11, 2009 5:30 pm
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2010S5
You sad sh!t. You make me laugh. Clearly you're still a high school kid who recklessly drives around in the little BMW mommy got her. Basically you're saying that becuase not everybody follows the law, it's ok for you to test the limits of your car and endanger the life of others. It's probably once in a while I see an idiot like you on the streets, and I see many things wrong with driving like that. And when I see idiots like you, they're usually in souped up Accords and 3 series BMWs that make them think they own the streets. Of course, I'm sorry I'm such a pansy and don't drive like a moron on public road exploiting my car's potential and putting myself at a risk to others. How extremely dumb of me. Why don't you grow up, kid. Many accidents are caused by idiots like you.
Dec 11, 2009 11:19 pm
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bmwaddict
I'm not quite sure it would do what MadeInGermany says, looking in the yards of the other manufacturers, but I'm sure it would be quite a car. I mean M3 (Top Gear M3vsRS4vsC63AMG in Spain and later the ISF) has no opponent in it's class, Captain Slow showed that S63AMG stands no chance in front of 760i in a drag or on the bends, and the only car that menaces M5 is the RS6, kinda. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that BMW leads in the premium segment when it comes to sportiness/track performance, so it's obvious that a supercar made by them would be at least as good as the competition.
Dec 10, 2009 8:18 pm
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2010S5
Clearly, you don't realize that Top Gear is not the ultimate authority dealing with cars. The M3 has no opponent in its class? Are you kidding? The RS4 and C63 ARE its opponents. Look at other comparisons. The M3 doesn't win all the time. "the only car that menaces M5 is the RS6, kinda" You must be joking. The American Cadillac CTS-V beat the M5 in a number of comparisons, and have you forgotten about the XF-R and the new E 63 AMG? They are clearly more than a menace to an M5. And putting up a twin-turbo V12 760 up against a naturally aspirated V8? I'm not even going to comment on that.
Dec 10, 2009 9:34 pm
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BavarianMS
Car and driver puts M3 in the top over the GTR and the 911 Turbo. Why? Because its simply that awesome. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/08q3/2008_bmw_m3_vs._2009_nissan_gt-r_vs._2008_porsche_911_turbo-comparison_tests Why is everyone getting mad at Bmw fans more than any other car fans? Is Bmw that good? Most people who talk down at Bmw's have never driven one.
Dec 11, 2009 9:36 am
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2010S5
I frankly thought that comparison was a load of bull. It's written by people who hold opinions, and Car and Driver, frankly speaking, is known for its strong affinity for BMWs. You could however, mention their comparison in which the Audi S4 beat the 335. And don't get me into all the accomplishments that the GT-R has managed to achieve. Far more than any BMW has these days. I'm not talking down on BMWs. I'm talking down on idiots who think there's nothing better than one; a common characteristic of all BMW fanboys.
Dec 11, 2009 2:14 pm
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Xanavi23
Just to be honest, while im not sure how BMW picked the slower M3(possibly more "refined") over the GT-R, its very common knowledge that C&D has a preference for BMWs. Not just M models, their affinity for BMWs goes back almost over 10 years to regular cars like the 328i. Sure back then they were clearly the best compact sport sedans but now while they're still very good cars they're not as much better than their competition like they used to be. Their competition has made leaps and bounds but C&D still carries the bias.
Dec 12, 2009 4:43 pm
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hata0101
M1 is a legend. hope the "renewed" M1 won't kill that name... btw, to all BMW fanboy, stop acting like you've seen & drove the car even BEFORE it came out! you guys keep making statement or "judgement" about the car that still "in the air"...
Dec 10, 2009 8:05 pm
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GRAVE
The car in the pic looks ugly
Dec 10, 2009 7:03 pm
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asifmax
is "made in germany" a kid?
Dec 10, 2009 6:21 pm
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MTC
he is just a BMW fanboy
Dec 10, 2009 7:33 pm
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Xanavi23
While i think this car would be an incredible car and a car that would put a great company like BMW an even bigger icon on the "map" i don't think MadeInGermany is right that it would completely make all other cars "rubbish" or crap as we say here. It would be a hell of a car but not some kind of wonder car built by God himself. In any event, BMW should make this, they could use this type of very high end Halo/supercar. It looks great and it looks like a BMW most importantly.
Dec 10, 2009 6:06 pm
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Xenicide
Considering their M6/M5 had as much horsepower, if not more than most Lambos and Ferraris and even beat them on a track, making a "supercar" should be fairly easy for the Bavarians.
Dec 10, 2009 5:38 pm
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MadeInGermany
You guys better wish this thing doesn't come to life. Because if it does, it will rape every single supercar up to date, and the upcoming ones. It's BMW's message to all the makers telling them how rubbish they are :). This thing is the real all time supercars killer. God have mercy.
Dec 10, 2009 5:12 pm
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MTC
I smell BMW fanboy-ism...... but you have to remember few things, Audi R8 is a better car than 911, but 911 has better steering and one of BMWs weakest link with most of its cars and the M cars as well is, the steering. and my, this car looks ugly
Dec 10, 2009 7:31 pm
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nederina
Wrong. Maybe on their normal passenger cars because of the Active Steering but not on their M-Sport or M cars. Audi cars has the shittiest steering feel.
Dec 10, 2009 7:45 pm
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McNamara68
Haha what a fanboy! The car hasn't even been cleared for production, there are no numbers, no one's driven it and he's calling it the greatest supercar the world has ever seen. What an idiot. BMW makes a decent product but, my God, their fans (outside the enthusiasts of old bimmers) know absolutely nothing about cars. These are just a bunch of high school kids who have no idea how a piston works and can't even change a tire.
Dec 10, 2009 9:54 pm
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dmanero
I'm surprised that BMW hasn't came out sooner with the Supercar of their own, considering that there are a few supercars running high performance engines in them.
Dec 10, 2009 5:09 pm
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bmwaddict
It's about time BMW should launch a supercar Mercedes has the SLS, Audi the R8, Lexus the LFA, etc. I think people would buy a supercar made by BMW, especially with the looks of this concept and the sport heritage of this brand.
Dec 10, 2009 4:56 pm
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nederina
Recently there's a lot of BMW's mid-engined concept car, lets hope they're serious building one. Their Frankfurt concept car was brilliant but needed to tone down a little bit. That might scare the Audi R8 or the Porsche 911.
Dec 10, 2009 4:39 pm
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majorsja
I was really hoping BMW would not kill this. These pics were exposed about a year ago and then there was talk about canceling the project. I love this car. The styling is top notch
Dec 10, 2009 4:28 pm
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Kepe
Hmm so the M1 they are going show in Dubai is different from the M1 Concept shown in the pictures?
Dec 10, 2009 4:25 pm
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BrianWCF
It's a bit vague, but yes, its supposed to be an updated design/version of the M1 Concept from last year (pictured). We're expecting an official announcement hopefully tomorrow.
Dec 10, 2009 4:35 pm
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Xenicide
I hope so!
Dec 10, 2009 7:09 pm
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