• Mar 19, 2008
Mercedes has the SLR McLaren. Audi has the R8. Porsche has the 911 Turbo and GT2. Only BMW is lacking a range-topping supercar, so how does the Bavarian automaker carry the mantle of "the Ultimate Driving Machine"? If the latest reports are to be believed, BMW may finally be coming around and producing a successor to the long gone but not forgotten M1 supercar.
Unlike its predecessor, the anticipated BMW sports car would be more nose-heavy than tail-happy, with a twin-turbo version of the M5's glorious V10 producing an estimated 625 hp from its position up front and, of course, driving the rear wheels. The chassis would draw on BMW's success with the Sauber team in Formula One and feature full carbon-fiber construction, as well as such high-end performance components as carbon-ceramic brakes and Kevlar bucket seats, substantially cutting down weight compared with the gargantuan M6 coupe. Sticker price would be an appropriately exotic €300,000, although a (relatively) lower-end version with a twin-turbo V8 could also be considered for substantially less.

[Source: Auto Zeitung via Motor Authority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Please just make it a real supercar and not a GT luxo SLR type coupe.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is awesome news. I'm kind hoping for an 8 series revival and kinda not, if they do revive it, some people will like it and some people will complain that it would ruin the image of the old 8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please, oh please, oh please!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes. I have been saying this for years. BMW should bring back the 8 series in a super car version. Its the only thing they are missing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto.
      • 6 Years Ago
      niiiiicee ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they're going to do it, they should do it right and just make it mid-engined (that is, rear-mid-engined). There's already the M6 for FR V10 Coupe thrills, I see no point in using the same formula yet again.

      PS. The F1 team is Sauber in name only, simply out of respect for the founder. The entire operation is pure BMW nowadays.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In Sauber's factory, using Sauber's windtunnel with Sauber's personnel etc etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely right about the Sauber. I like that BMW has kept Sauber's name on it, his team did a great job. But BMW owns all that now, none of it is owned by Sauber anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, looks badass!
        • 6 Years Ago
        living near the greer sc plant, they have this engine in a red bmw x6 right now. I have seen it in person and the person that was driving it let me take a look at the engine bay. it was massive i was leaving work at the same time behind him as we got on to I-85 and merged he was GONE!!!!!!!!!!! that thing sure could freekin move....... it is what they will use in a version of the M for the x5
        • 6 Years Ago
        You know, for all how awesome it is, I've never seen a lot of BMW's best cars as truly following BMW's historic spirit. Though it would probably be far less effective as a halo car, I truly lust to see a street legal race car based on the 1-series.

        While I'm dreaming, super-strip/lighten it to 2400 lbs, give it a 400 hp version of the 3.0L biturbo, add DTM-without-the-fins bodywork, and bring back that wonderful white with blue and red stripe paint. Ironically, something like that could be sold for about 70k, but it wouldn't be a halo-car without a halo-car price...

        It would be a classic before it even hit showrooms. /sigh
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what's it gonna be called? Surely not the M1...that would be reserved for the M-version of the 1-Series right?
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