• Jul 29th 2009 at 1:01PM
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Busy, busy. BMW starts the day by leaving F1. And it looks like for lunch they're bringing a green sports car to the Frankfurt Auto Show. Maybe. According to Autotelegraf.nl, the new sustainable sports car concept will be inspired by the BMW M1 Hommage concept and will feature all the latest and greatest BMW EfficientDynamics (auto stop/start, regenerative brakes, electric powersteering, etc). But the hits don't stop there -- look for the concept to be built from sustainable materials, too. Big question: will this car be just a concept, or will a sustainable sports car actually make its way to dealers? Dunno. But the Dutch word is that BMW is studying the viability of said project and is planning on a limited release two-door showcasing their best environmental kung fu by 2012. Again, we just don't know, and we're not quite willing to hold our breath yet.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      If BMW decides to make a sustainable sportscar, I'll be first in line. VW's dropped the ball with the Blue Sport, so let's hope this actually sees the light of day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd have a hard time choosing between the TDI TT and whatever BMW throws out there because I'm a huge Audi fan, but unfortunately the TDI isn't available here, so I didn't really consider it. I only mentioned the Bluesport because VW had put out the possibility of it coming to the states
      • 6 Years Ago
      The concept shows great promise and direction, but to turn it into a production vehicle (as is) would be a mistake.

      The front fascia needs work. For starters, the kidney grille is too large. The width is perfect, but the grille needs to be shortened vertically. The front lights and air dam are near perfect, but turn signals need to be incorporated to the fascia (preferably on the body, but under the lights).

      Also, small and round fog lights would look nice in the corners of the air dam.

      The dual BMW badges on the rear look tacky. Remove both, and relocate one to the center of the rear body, directly above the M1. And can BMW please get rid of the rear windshield treatment? Bleech!

      Also, they should consider lengthening the car, as the original M1's were. If you ignore the front and rear, the body looks like a direct knockoff of a Ferrari F430.

      After going through the album, the BMW M1 Hommage looks like a CGI rendering and less like a real vehicle. Just my $0.02.
      • 6 Years Ago
      um, that's under 3000 lbs, obviously...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car looks like a squinting nerd with buck teeth
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, in fairness they did pull their headlights from the GM parts bin (labeled "pre-shrunk taillight assembly, camaro)" I believe).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like tht SX 1 they had a few weeks ago better... looks a lot cooler...


      idk about this 1, i'd much rather see the SX come to life
      • 6 Years Ago
      "BMW M1 Hommage looks like a CGI rendering and less like a real vehicle. "

      I assure you it's real. I was in Munich last month. The M1 Hommage was in the lobby of the BMW Museum. The first thing you see when you walk in the door. And except for the insides of the wheels being painted day-glow orange (a call-back to the original BMW 'turbo' show/research car) it looks even better in person.

      I like the idea. Make it light by todays standards (under 300lbs). Use a bored and stroked version of the 335i's straight six boosted to maybe 450hp, give it a really long sixth (seventh?) gear, add all of their 'efficient dynamics' goodies, and you could have a supercar that gets low 30's mpg in mixed driving. Maybe better.

      Heck, my 335i gets mid 20's mpg in mixed driving - and that's with a heavy foot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy the car even if I could afford it.......I can't, so I win!
      • 6 Years Ago
      We don't want Hommage-inspired! We want Hommage!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually really like the look of that concept, so if they make an environmentally-friendly supercar with that bodyshell, I will be a happy man!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now, what exactly can it sustain? Flames of hell as it's ugly as sin?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heh ok that was pretty amusing. And I agree, the car does not look that great. At all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wanted to hate on this car, but i couldnt ... coz it looks like camaro got really angry ... but the artist definitely kept the concept original to M1 .... and i am lovin it MacD style ......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly. Don't care for the dual badges on the rear, hideous wheels, and it looks nothing like a BMW. If it didn't have badges I'd guess it was a kit car.
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