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UPDATE: The BMW M1 Homage has now been officially unveiled! Click here for full coverage and a high-res gallery.

This year's Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este has its public day tomorrow, which is when the world will presumably get its first look at the new BMW M1 concept, a stunning, modern take on Munich's original supercar that is part of Bimmer's 30th anniversary celebration of the classic machine. The private exhibition took place today, however, and the guys at Asphalte.ch -- they were the first with live shots of the Lamborghini LP560-4 earlier this year -- have once again scored a coup, snapping the new, copper-colored M1 concept in all its glory, both alone and alongside its forebears. We expect to have a lot more on this car tomorrow (assuming a press kit will be released sometime overnight), but for now, head to Asphalte.ch to see more shots of the car under the lights. Hey BMW, just pull the trigger and greenlight a production version already, because this thing is awesome.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The wheels are horrible.. the rest is okay, but I think BMW could have done better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That thing looks terrible. It's a deformed and bloated version of the original, which is -not- a good thing. I'm all for BMW bringing back the M1 with a proper successor, but not one that looks like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with the earlier posts about the wheels, horrible! They look like really bad Dubs meant for a 76 Cadillac Eldorado, not this car. And something about that front end, especially the headlights, makes me think of the Dodge Challenger.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and i thought i was the only one who thought it had something akin to the charger in the front...

        Those rims look hideous - i really just don't like the retro design on this, or anything else for that matter...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @josh, nop, there's quite a bit of charger in that furrowed brow, esp in the other pics, and that's not a good thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks like something I would of had a poster of on my wall as a kid.
      It's sexy in an 80's kind of way
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front of this car is like an Alfa Romeo family feeling ( 159 - Brera - Spider )
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it a lot but it has almost a dated 80's concept car feel to me. But still sexy as all hell
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        @ Red, I can't decide if you are being sarcastic or not? The Gallardo (and all current Lambos) were fathered by the Countach while the Ferrari 430 is the current incarnation of the 348.

        If BMW had kept on making the M1, I could see it looking like this today. I wan more photos.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Well, I've seen leg warmers, hoop earrings and skinny jeans come back, so why not concepts like this?

        Heck, if gas gets much more expensive, maybe I'll see something akin to my old 86 Corolla's boxy lines (80hp and lovin' it!) once more in my driveway.

        Personally, I'd take the clean sightlines, economy of design and low-mass of the 80s over the overfed, overpowered pillbox sleds pushed today, even if it meant going back to
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Really? The Countach is one of my favorite cars of all time, and actually looks VERY good in my opinion, and the Ferrari 348- thats far less objective than either of those (this concept and the Countach).

        I would have to say you have pretty bad taste in cars, but then again, thats just me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        @ Zeus.:God

        The Lamborghini Countach says it's a very bad idea. So does the Ferrari 348...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        To everyone commenting on the original M1 and other past supercars I should point somthing out.

        Lamborgini did most of the design work for the original M1.

        Countach was mentioned many times so pointing that out seemed necessary.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        @ Derek and Zeus.:God

        Don't get me wrong. I like the Countach. But despite being a Lamborghini, it's also commonly agreed upon as being one of the most tacky supercars ever. And after having sat in one, I have to agree. The rear wing is ridiculous and flimsy and I've always thought the interior paneling, while covered in leather looked very cheaply put together (poor fit and finish, but the seats are nice). There were far nicer Lambo's prior (I've always been partial to the Miura) and after (I have a soft spot for the Gallardo even though everybody seems to flock to the Murci).

        Don't get me wrong. Man, were those cars quick. I had a couple Countach posters on my wall as a kid and I still like them for what they are. But I always thought the Diablo was the one to really drool over. It makes me sad to think that the Murcielago is apparently the last true hyper exotic in lieu of the upcoming changes being made around the world.

        All I'm saying is, BMW designs better than this (although under Chris Bangle, I'm sure there are plenty of ya'll who'll disagree). If this were 1985, I'd be all over that M1 concept, but having to choose between THAT and an Audi R8, I know where my money would go in a heartbeat. That's all I'm saying.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mid-engined & that nose... I'm no engineer in aerodynamics, but that thing looks like it would have lift-off at 120mph !

      Yep, send it back to the future with the Delorean.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I agree with Red on the R8. Love it. It's an awesome experience merely to touch, let alone drive.

      However, the M1 is a legend in its own right and cannot (no, you cannot compare it, sorry) be compared to anything that bears the 4-circle logo. M1 was the birthmark of a legendary car, legendary name and inspiration to a heritage that Audi could have in a re-vamped Ur-Quattro but never in a car such as the R8.

      BTW, I am friend to a group of people who, amongst other perverse pleasures, own 2 RSs. One is about to be sold and changed with an AM. The other, pearly white will be kept and is truly a diamond. But, they all jumped when we saw the a/m photos. Yes, this is a letter of intention - we will be buying 6 of these come June. No, it's not a joke.

      Sky is, after all blue and has no circles on it ... right?

      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like a stunt car in some horrible '80s show remake or something. Disgusting. I expect a far nicer successor to the M1...not this photoshop on wheels.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The world needs more mid engined sports cars.

      Can't say that I like the rims, and the headlights need to be more than a little slit, but otherwise I like the design as a concept car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      autoblog, thanks for covering the action at the acedemy of art or art center's transportation design 1 classs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just hope this concept dont have the same fate of that beautiful miura concept.
      what a waste.

      http://www.automobilemag.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0603_lamborghini_miura/index.html
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