• Mar 27th 2008 at 9:01AM
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In 92 years of business, the creators of "The Ultimate Driving Machine" have produced only one mid-engined supercar. That was the M1, designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro and developed together with Lamborghini. This year, BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of the M1, and to that end is planning a number of events to be held throughout the year to commemorate the occasion. Among them will be a special exhibition organized for this year's Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este on the shores of 's Lake Como, where BMW will showcase a collection of both roadgoing and racing M1s, of which a little over 450 were made. Retrospectives are fun, but we're looking forward to the M1's successor even more.

[Source: BMW]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Since the M1 was relatively perhaps a minor event in the company's history, I can only guess that bolstering the M1 brand NOW, may foretell of a more conventional M1 to come in the near future.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I sure do hope you are right!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How can you celebrate 30 years of the M1 when the production run lasted 3 years? Perhaps if they had continued to make M1's then they could claim this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait, the replacement is rumored to be front engined? Why not just make it an M5 coupe?
      BMW really should have a mid engined car in their lineup just because they are so great to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW should have bin working on a new M1 for years, and unveiling it on the 30th anniversary. They need a R8 fighter, and a new M1 would be the answer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As car enthusiasts you forget that this car made us all drool back in the day. I believe many had that silly poster with all the super cars parked in the garage and one was an M1.

      So let BMW celebrate a beautiful and incredible car in it's day.

      Next you'll be hating on the 959...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonder how long it took to get the scratch marks out that were left by the German Shepard on the hood?

      Anyway, given BMW's resources and technical prowess, I don't see why they couldn't have a 911/R8 fighter on the streets in 18 to 24 months or so. Who knows, maybe there's one in the wings and this will set the stage for the announcement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a kid you always remember those cars that made you say: WOW!...this was one of those cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Road cars built in 1979-81 rarely achieved 162 MPH. By any standard of the day, it was a super car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the M1 quite a bit actually.

      But a supercar? It's about as super as a Ferrari 328.

      Maybe any old mid-engined car becomes a supercar after it reaches a certain age. Next up... Fiero 2M6!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Trust me, it's a super-car