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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

Founded in 1972, the BMW M’s focus was to develop and build race cars.

While all the models produced by 1978 were based on already existing BMW models, the BMW M1 was the first to be built from scratch: the chassis was made at Marchesi and the body work at T.I.R in Italy and were later sent to ItalDesign to assemble the interior.
BMW had to partner with Lamborghini as they could not build the 400 street-legal units in the requested timeframe by themselves. The mechanical parts were mounted in Stuttgart. The M1 had a coupe body style and was also called the E26.

The M1 was produced to compete in Group 4 and was the first BMW model to have a center-mounted engine of 3.5-liter 6-cylinder gasoline, developing 277 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. The reason why the engine was mounted this way was to allow ulterior racing tunning. The next BMW built with a center-mounted engine was the BMW i8, a car closer to our days.

The M1 remained one of BMW’s rarest models and the most successful race car they have ever built. Only 453 units were built. The M1 was sold for only 3 years, from 1978 to 1981.

17 years later, a BMW M1 Hommage Concept was launched, to celebrate the sports car’s 30th anniversary. The concept raised the question if whether BMW would build a modern M1 or not.

BMW M1 (E26) 1978 - 1981 8 Photos
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BMW M1 (E26) 3.5

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3453 cm3
Power
204 KW @ 6500 RPM
277 HP @ 6500 RPM
274 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
243 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
330 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Mechanical Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
163 mph (262 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 VR16 (Front) - 225/50 VR16 (Rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.6 in (4359 mm)
Width
71.8 in (1824 mm)
Height
44.8 in (1138 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/62 in (1,549/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
100.8 in (2560 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3404 lbs (1544 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
14.4 mpg US (16.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
389 g/km
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