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BMW Art Cars coming to NYC

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 18, 2009.

Four of the most famous looking cars are coning to Grand Central Station soon:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/a...

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Reply by John Andrews, Mar 18, 2009.

I have, for a long time, wished that BMW would introduce a successor to the M1. The car was well ahead of it's time.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 19, 2009.

Ah the beautiful M1 - the only mid-engined mass produced BMW.
Speaking of ahead of its time, did you know the M1 was based on this 1972 BMW Turbo show car?



Do you remember this M1 only race series? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procar
They had some of the world's greatest drivers thrashing around in M1s before Grands Prix!



Well by some rights, the 8-series and then the Z8 were successors to the M1. You could also argue that the BMW engined Mclaren F1 was a worthy follow up.

However, yes, it is peculiar that they never designed and engineered a $250,000 supercar in house. I guess they were too busy stuffing performance into the M3 and M5 and making them actually semi-affordable.

Here's the Turbo, M1, and 30th anniversary M1 homage:







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Reply by Philip James, Mar 19, 2009.

OK, that M1 Turbo looks insane

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 19, 2009.

You mean the 1972? I had a battery powered model of it as a kid.
I got a lot of mileage out of it on the bedroom floor...

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Reply by John Andrews, Mar 19, 2009.

Glad to see that I'm not the only car-nut here too. Loved the M1. The weight distribution and power to weight ratio made it a true super car. Would love to see it revived ... of course I don't think I'd ever be able to afford it.

Thanks for all the links and images ... the M1 looks like it could have been produced in the last 5 years and not 30 years ago.


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