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Click above for a high-res gallery of the BMW M1 Hommage

BMW's supercar icon, the M1, blew out the candles at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este this weekend. In honor of the car's thirtieth birthday, BMW rolled out the new BMW M1 Hommage, a concept/design study that pays tribute to the original M1 and shows what could be possible if BMW were to produce a new mid-engined sports car. Follow the jump for the breakdown.

  • BMW M1 Family Tree
  • Left to right: BMW M1 Hommage, BMW M1, BMW Turbo concept

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BMW M1 Homage rear

BMW M1 Homage wheelThe BMW M1 Hommage blends a wide, aggressive stance with intentionally retro/modern twists on the key visual elements that defined Paul Bracq's original BMW Turbo concept and the Giugiaro-designed M1 homologation special that followed. It is instantly recognizable as an M1, particularly in profile, where the M1 Hommage's basic shape clearly mimics that of its forebear. BMW's stylists also incorporated similar nods the particulars of the original, such as the louvered rear window; the badge placement in back; the line extending aft from the side glass; and even the wheel design, which is an exaggerated take on the ones you'll find on the original road car. Poring over the details of the Homage is akin to going on an Easter Egg hunt.

BMW M1 Homage lampsThe greatest departure is seen in front, where BMW has given the M1 Hommage a sinister, imposing face. Naturally, BMW's prominent double-kidney grille is front and center. Its joined by outboard intakes and a trapezoidal lower opening designed to swallow and direct air for both cooling purposes and aerodynamic effect. The car's four round headlights lurk behind thin slits in the front fascia, remaining essentially invisible until they're illuminated -- a tip of the cap to the hideaway nature of the classic M1's flip-up lamps.

There appears to be no interior, and BMW doesn't even bother mentioning specific powertrain possibilities. The M1 Hommage is strictly a design exercise meant to celebrate an icon, but it also reminds us that Munich can do the supercar thing, too. Maybe one day it will again.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes Put it in production! Take off the ugly 6 Series and put it in the bmw model Range. Call it 8 Series put the V12 engine of the 7 Series and tag it a price of 75 000$ US. That is what they should do
      • 7 Years Ago
      That front end is horrible! I like spaghetti but they crapped on it by putting that front end on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        pablo francisco called, he wants his joke back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dick Teague should be upset at what they have done to his AMX/3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Badly done. this is buck tooth uggggggggggggggggggly!
      the original is still better looking. And the double badge was on the original to!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think those wheels are hideous. Which is fine if they're meant to resemble the original car's, but that doesn't make them any more prettier IMO.
      Ali Mehdi Tehran
      • 3 Years Ago
      when is the street version gonna be out?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, BMW has a new retro hottie concept....well done. Do hope for a high-rev BMW-know-how V8....
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOTE TO BMW: leave the 80's retro thing to VH1 playing "Oh Mickey you're so fine!" music videos.

      This thing looks like an Art Center student project circa 1984.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where are the real photos? All I see are renders.
        • 7 Years Ago
        These are the real photos, taken at Villa d'Este.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They're clearly renders, even if they are official.
        • 7 Years Ago
        if they're renders you gotta explain the photos on the other post too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        These are real images.

        Detail? I guess you have never heard of a High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI). There is software out there that can make images as real, if not more, as these photos.

        Look it up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        are u guys joking? those pics are renders....

        way too much detail???

        just go take a look at Gran Turismo 5
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can see why it seems fake, but there are a few things that give it away. First of all, the environment is way too detailed for a rendering--if they were renderings they wouldn't have spent time modeling, shading, and lighting an environment. The environment could be a photo and then they could have integrated the car into that, but the compositing wouldn't have been worth the time. If it were CG they would have rendered it out in a plain and simple environment. Also, the car is incredibly detailed, particularly the tires. I'll agree that the paint is weird, but since it's a concept it probably has some crazy paint that has strange properties. And I'm guessing it's just a foam model, so the fact that there's no interior adds to the fake look.

        Hope that helps!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I use Autodesk 3ds Max almost solely at work to make photo-real (or very close to it) architectural renderings, so I'm constantly analyzing my work to see how I can push the envelope. And yes, I have heard of HDRI, and a light probe no doubt would have been used to make these if they were renderings.

        However, the level of detail is so high that it just wouldn't make sense for something like this (as in it's not worth the money). You can see dust from the gravel on the tires in pic 11, which I can guarantee you is not high on most artists' lists of importance. :)
          • 7 Years Ago
          @obie- The dirt on the tires? We have, can and will do these effects again. Its relatively easy and if you have a client that's looking for actual 'photo real' images it has to be done.

          Have you tried HyperDrive or HyperShot yet? It smokes 3ds Max.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Guys, this isn't CG. These were taken yesterday at Villa d'Este. You can see all the lighting setups in the pics captured by other websites that were at the event. They've obviously been post-processed, but these are CG renders. This is the actual study.
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