Spotted during testing on the Nurburgring today was the BMW M1 test mule! This test mule doesnt wear the more advanced prototype M1 body as we posted earlier, but is out testing powertrain, chassis, suspension, and handling properties. We also see for the first time what could be the carbon fiber roof.
Resident photoshop guru Gerald Alvarez has almost hit the BMW M1 design on the head with his latest beautiful render. So close in fact that BMW insider Scott26 thought that he was looking at official pictures when spotted Gerald’s latest M1 impression!
We just posted the latest BMW M1 / 1M spyshots yesterday, but Gerald Alvarez has already been hard at work photochopping the car based on the latest hints from the spy photos. He’s even added the M styling cues that are so far missing from the test mule.
Here is it folks! The BMW M1 test mule in its real bumper, widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, large brakes with cross-drilled rotors, and other bits of M goodies!! Although the hood power bulge, quad exhausts, and M side gills are not yet apparent, these are cosmetic items which are simply not yet added to this early production test mule.
Scott26 provides some sketches and notes to a BMW M1 vs. S1000RR commercial. It reads: In the city traffic a lone superbike (S1000) weaves in between the traffic it’s heavenly sound reverberating off the tall skyscrapers that surround the street…and the S1000 RR hits speed as it crosses an interchange, focus on the car that comes speeding through into view after the bike, engine roaring , performance at full visual , chases the bike through the streets of LA into the 2nd St Tunnel… THE … CONTINUED
Many sites are making broad proclamations of the M1′s life or death based on assumptions and statements from BMW contacts. Here, moderator southlight takes a closer look and breaks down the factors which backup both the believers and non-believers of the M1.
BMW inside Scott26 provides some updates on BMW M1 development (full info inside), including introduction & production timeline, pricing, convertible version, and more. Whether the information is accurate is for you to decide, but it’s certainly somewhat assuring to continue hearing M1 details.
Insideline reports that there is no BMW M1 coming. This comes after the nonappearance of the M1 concept at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow, at which it was expected. Instead there will be a hopped up 135is version of the 1-series. But, BMW insider Scott26 maintains that the M1 is coming. Who really knows? Nobody but Rumplestiltskin!
Before this morning’s BMW Press Conference came and went, we had already accepted the sad fact that no BMW M1 concept would be making a surprise appearance. So why no M1 appearance? If a certain insider is to be believed, it’s because a higher-up at BMW recently drove and was disappointed by the M1 prototype, and has requested changes which the M1 concept is currently undergoing. Another reason is supposedly that BMW wishes to concentrate its marketing on products coming to market sooner than the M1 … CONTINUED
Certainly BMW shows this car off soon, until then the photoshoppers will fill the void and give us wonderful takes on what the car could look like. Here is one based on the few leaked details we know about this car thus far.