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BMW M1: Automaker May Want to Resurrect Storied Supercar

Could it live up the legendary original?

by on Jul.06, 2012

Is BMW prepping an M1 redux?

It’s amazing that it took this long.

More than 30 years after the iconic original made young boys salivate, BMW appears to be readying a new M1 supercar.

The M1 should not be confused with the i8 concept sports car which uses lightweight materials, but also has a high-tech hybrid powertrain.

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Instead, the M1 is likely to be powered by a conventional gasoline engine. While some have speculated that the M1 would use a straight six like the original, that is unlikely. Lately, BMW has favored twin-turbocharged V-8s producing more than 600 horsepower for its highest-performance.


BMW’s New 1 M Will Be Pulled After Only One Year

A replacement? Stay tuned, Bavarians hint.

by on May.23, 2011

BMW has introduced the smallest and least expensive M-Series model, but it won't be around long.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the 335-horsepower version of BMW’s pint-sized 1 Series, better put your $46,135 down fast.  The maker plans to only have the newest offering from its vaunted M division on sale in U.S. showrooms for a matter of months.

In decades past, it wasn’t uncommon for BMW M – or rival Mercedes-Benz, with its AMG division – to offer a limited number of vehicles and make them available for only short runs.  But more recently, the makers have discovered there’s strong enough demand – along with the huge profits – to justify making models like the BMW M3 or Mercedes CLS63 AMG a regular part of the line-up.

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But due to a variety of reasons, the 1M, as BMW is calling it, “will be a one-year car,” Matt Russell, the U.S. M brand manager, told

Designated a 2011 model, the 1M is just rolling into showrooms, but it will go out of production no later than December of this year.


First look: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

A Pyrat raises the flag.

by on Dec.09, 2010

Finally, an undisguised version of the 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, once codenamed Pyrat.

Here it comes. Finally.  The 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe is arguably the industry’s worst-kept secret.  But now we can finally release the details and reveal the first pictures of the smallest M-performance model ever from the Bavarians.

It’s hard to recall when the first words began to leak out of Munich suggesting the 1 M was under development – BMW opting for the awkward nomenclature to avoid any confusion with the legendary M1 supercar, designed by Giugiaro and developed by Lamborghini, whose very name has been retired.

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Early in the year a disguised 1-Series – then known by the codename Pyrat — with distinctive trim suggesting it was not your ordinary coupe was spotted exercising at Germany’s Nürburgring.  Then, in August, during the 25th anniversary celebration of the M3, at the Ascari Race resort, in Spain, an even less camouflaged version was rolled out and we were given our first ride.