A report coming out of England indicates that the long speculated successor to the legendry BMW M1 of the late 70s has been given green signal for production after being put on hold for several year.
The New upcoming M1 will be the new flagship vehicle for the German automaker. The M1 heir is ought to carry forward the lineage of the M1 through the inspired looks and features. The M1 Hommage concept that was revealed at the 2008 Villa d’EsteConcoursd’Elegance will be the inspirational source of the upcoming vehicle but it will be featuring less retro styling cues.
According to the reports, extensive use of carbon fiber will make it significantly lighter than its competitors like Mercedes-Benz SLS and Audi R8.
According to the reports from the AutoExpress, the new M1 will be developing an incredible 600 horsepower thanks to its 4.0 liter V8 engine coupled with two turbochargers. The engine is mated with 9 speed automatic transmission; the eight cylinder monster can push this car from zero to 62 mile per hour in just three seconds. The upcoming M1will be having a top speed to 200 mph. It will also be equipped with a gas saving button.
If the speculations are to be believed BMW will be revealing this unnamed M1 successor as a concept version in 2014 and will be launching it in a product version not before 2016. When it goes on sales it’s base price will lie around $390,000. BMW has yet not confirmed these reports.
Launched in the year 1978, original M1 was powered by a 3.5 liter engine that produces over 278 horsepower. Only about 456 cars hit the road before BMW stopped the production.