In 2009, BMW introduced the diesel plug-in hybrid concept car called the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car’s exterior makes it all the more appealing to the eyes of the public because of its futuristic design, which makes it appear out of this world. Then in 2011, the German automaker introduced the i8, which unlike the Vision Efficient Dynamics, was a petroleum plug-in hybrid concept car. It was further developed and in 2012, the BMW i8 Spyder was released. Not until 2013 was the i8 prototype released. Ranking second in the realm of luxury hybrid and electric vehicles is BMW’s very own i8.
The BMW i8 Concept was later ushered into production. It has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is able to produce 357 horsepower and has a top speed of 155 mph. It can cover 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds. The i8 was BMW entry to the fierce competition of super-fast cars. However, the i8 fell short from competition such as the Audi R8 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
BMW did not have a supercar that can compete with its fierce rivals like Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Even with the i8 being commended for its innovative design and aerodynamics, the i8 was not as appealing especially to the engine-loving enthusiasts.
However, just recently, Giom revealed the car that will be a match to its German counterparts as well as foreign competitors such as Ferrari and McLaren. Introducing (once again) the BMW M1. Back in the mid-70s, the M1 was the best in BMW’s race car arsenal. The M1 was made to win races and it was BMW’s best expression of “automotive art”.
More so, it embodies within its name its destiny to achieve greatness: the “M” which represents BMW’s engineering projects of substance and the “1” which immortalizes its importance in the whole of BMW’s engineering history. Now, the M1 is making its comeback and it’s better than ever.
The new M1 will now have some of the same features as those in the i8 such as carbonfiber-reinforced plastic passenger cell and a form that follows aerodynamic styling. It is also equipped with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 like that in a BMW M5 but with higher horsepower.
The rear-wheeled M1 can now produce 600 horsepower through its seven-speed double clutch transmission. In order for it to go faster, the M1 was also made to be lighter – 200 pounds lighter than the i8. It now weighs only 3,190 pounds and has done away with electric motors and lithium ion batteries.
If the chassis was done correctly, then the M1 must be BMW’s salvation for its supercar endeavors and will be a tight competitor in the arena for supercars. If built, the new M1 will be a tight competitor to the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 650S. The M1 retains its signature louver engine that is a tribute to the last M1. It’s no exaggeration to say that this addition is highly anticipated in the world of magnificent supercars.