BMW M1 successor coming in 2016 - report

BMW M1 Concept
BMW M1 Concept

Could have up to 650 PS (478 kW / 641 hp)

BMW has denied rumors about an M1 successor, but a new report is indicating the brand is planning a revival for 2016.

Auto Bild says the supercar will feature a lightweight body that is constructed from aluminum, magnesium, titanium and plastic. This could enable the model to tip the scales at just 1250 kg (2,756 lbs).

Power would be provided by a turbocharged V8 engine with 600 PS (441 KW / 592 hp) to 650 PS (478 kW / 641 hp). This would reportedly enable the model to hit a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). Despite the impressive performance, the M1 successor would be relatively economical thanks to an engine start / stop system and brake energy regeneration.

We're obviously taking everything with a grain of salt, but the M1 successor will reportedly be priced at €250,000 ($316,925 / £201,310).


Source: Auto Bild via Automobilwoche
Published Jun 19th, 2012 9:34pm By Michael Gauthier
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CReeds CReeds
Who would pay that kind of money for a BMW? You can talk power to weight ratios all you like but a BMW will never be in the same supercar territory and carry the same exclusivity and prestige as Ferrari, Zonda, Bugatti, etc.
Jun 20th, 2012 9:36pm
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ifudge ifudge
I don't think there would be any shortage of buyers. Did you see the article about Lexus selling out the LFA? I hazard to guess there'd be significantly more well heeled buyers out there willing to splurge on an M1. Besides, maybe BMW doesn't have the same cachet as Ferrari, but it does have a rich pedigree and automotive heritage.
Jun 21st, 2012 3:37am
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First someone hasn't done there race car heritage homework. BMW has been building factory and customer race cars for a very long time. In fact the Ferrari, Zonda, all have been beaten by the BMW powered McLaren F1 with no turbos or superchargers in it. The Bugatti can not handle on a track that much we all know, it is fast on a straight line for sure. To show you how well built the 1994-1999 BMW McLaren F1. Please visit the link on you tube of the Bugatti versus the McLaren and if you research the behind the scenes of this video you will learn a few more interesting facts. For example it took several attempts by the Bugatti to successfully top speed out run the McLaren F1. In closing remember the Super Car build hasnt happened yet so try not to judge the territory, exclusivity and prestige arena for super cars until all the chips are down.
Jun 21st, 2012 8:39pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Do they still have mid-engine chassis development know-how
Jun 20th, 2012 6:50pm
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Hmm, no mention of the Carbon Fiber that BMW has spent Millions in manufacturing to produce car parts and has expanded into street chassis construction. If BMW decides to build the M1 I'm sure it will be direct competition for the Bugati Veyron and the old McLaren F1 from 1995 to 1999 if they decide to sell it for $300,000.00+. BMW has figured out how to bring the manufacturing cost down on Carbon fiber by shipping the polymer threads in from Japan and weaving it here in the USA then shipping the spools to Germany. BMW has been doing it for several years now and if you think about it, well its genius and now all future cars will perform better weighing less and instantly get better fuel efficiency. I think BMW was going to do it but now that the air pollution levels are at new highs and global warming is an issue the only place we will se the M1 is on the race track and that would mean BMW will only build a handful of the street M1's which will only make them more valuable as they did with the 1 Series M, so if BMW AG does decide to go for it on the M1 expect it to cost more and be the fastest BMW ever built. By the BMW evolution rule of thumb this creation must be better than anything they have ever produced before or don't do it at all.
Jun 20th, 2012 6:29am
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ifudge ifudge
Woohoo! I hope this is true. I also hope that they do a cleansheet design for it. The M1 Concept was nice and well executed, but I think this should be a modern design, with a reference or two to the original.
Jun 20th, 2012 3:03am
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NYyanks NYyanks
$316,925 (O)_(O) dayum
Jun 20th, 2012 12:44am
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Ratt Ratt
yet another rumor about BMW supercar...
Jun 20th, 2012 12:18am
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
316k US Dollars would be super expensive. R8 is affodable at around 125 000 USD.
Jun 19th, 2012 11:22pm
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clash_189 clash_189
US pricing would be likely only half of it, circa USD $158k. USD $125k will only let you get M5 in Europe, or even only 535d in Australia.
Jun 20th, 2012 4:56am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Let's just do some math. Power to weight ratios: Ferrari 458 = 377.1/ton, Huayra = 518.5/ton, Veyron = 519/ton, R8 V10 = 324/ton, Aventador = 444/ton. If the M1 has 600-650bhp, with a 1250, power to weight ratio would be anywhere between 480-520/ton. At $316,000, you're getting a lot of car. Considering that cars with similar numbers cost in the Millions, with the exception of the Aventador being half a million when all is said and done, this is a bargain. Do your homework. And Clash also is right. Had that same argument about the R8 V10 2-3yrs ago on this site, predicted that it would cost around 150,000, despite estimates of north of 200,000. MSRP started at 146,000 upon launch.
Jun 20th, 2012 6:51pm
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NenadMitrovic NenadMitrovic
I'm not going to buy it, but i'm waiting to see it.
Jun 19th, 2012 10:26pm
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