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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 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!
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December 14, 2009 5:18 pm
 Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
"The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car..." Actually it was one of the first usable mid-engine supercars!
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December 14, 2009 3:06 pm
 bmwaddict 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.
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December 11, 2009 4:21 pm
 Dragos_DreS Dragos_DreS
This bmw looks like doo doo!
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December 11, 2009 9:32 am
 caraddicted 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...
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December 11, 2009 12:04 am
 2010S5 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.
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December 10, 2009 9:37 pm
 GRAVE 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
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December 10, 2009 9:02 pm
 bmwaddict 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.
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December 10, 2009 8:18 pm
 hata0101 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"...
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December 10, 2009 8:05 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
The car in the pic looks ugly
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December 10, 2009 7:03 pm
 asifmax asifmax
is "made in germany" a kid?
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December 10, 2009 6:21 pm
 Xanavi23 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.
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December 10, 2009 6:06 pm
 Xenicide 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.
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December 10, 2009 5:38 pm
 MadeInGermany 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.
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December 10, 2009 5:12 pm
 dmanero 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.
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December 10, 2009 5:09 pm
 bmwaddict 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.
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December 10, 2009 4:56 pm
 nederina 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.
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December 10, 2009 4:39 pm
 majorsja 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
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December 10, 2009 4:28 pm
 Kepe Kepe
Hmm so the M1 they are going show in Dubai is different from the M1 Concept shown in the pictures?
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December 10, 2009 4:25 pm