Hartge gives BMW 1 Series the hot rod treatment
The resulting H1 was put through its paces by the crew over at World Car Fans, and as you might expect, a five-liter, 450 hp V8 powerplant gives a 3,185 lb car fairly impressive performance - 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 188 mph. Even with the big V8 jammed into the RWD hatchback's engine bay, the front/rear weight distribution is reported as a surprisingly well-balanced 52/48 percent, giving the car handling to match (if not actually control) its massive power. (Follow the link for the full road test.)
The usual suspension upgrades keep the 19-inch wheels in contact with the pavement, and a fairly understated bodykit helps the aero and cooling without succumbing to the boy-racer look.
The price for the pocket rocket is - wait for it - about $128,000. Which brings to mind another hot rodding aphorism - "Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?"
[Sources: World Car Fans, Hartge]
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