Lengthy earlier than the BMW i8 or the upcoming BMW M8, there was a second when BMW had a real, real-deal supercar, although that second was, sadly, fleeting. The BMW M1 was the model’s solely true mid-engine supercar and it’s one of the iconic vehicles within the historical past of the automotive world. It’s additionally a kind of uncommon vehicles that truly has a fantastic story behind it, somewhat than simply being one other fairly unique. So driving a BMW M1 have to be an absolute dream. A minimum of, in accordance with Alex Sobran, it’s.
On this current article from Petrolicious, Sobran recounts his expertise driving an M1 for the day in Germany and for those who even remotely like vehicles, it’s a very good learn. Sobran was capable of borrow the M1 for the day from BMW Basic, so it’s a historic automobile with few miles on it and in near-mint situation. Regardless of my sturdy need to drive an M1, I may need been too nervous to really drive this particular M1. Sobran was nervous too however, fortunately, he mustered up the braveness to set off.
What’s attention-grabbing concerning the M1 is that it’s a little bit of a Frankenstein automobile, with the engine being developed by BMW however its chassis and physique was initially imagined to be designed by Lamborghini. Sadly, Lamborghini was going through chapter, so it needed to again out. On the final minute, BMW needed to discover new companions to assist develop the M1 and needed to form of combine and match. Marchese designed the tube body, Giugiaro designed the physique however TIR would truly make the fiberglass physique. Italdesign then mated the 2 collectively and put in the inside. That full physique was then despatched to BMW for that magnificent engine, in addition to the opposite mechanicals, to be put in.
You’d suppose automobile developed by so many alternative corporations on the final minute would really feel sloppy. Nonetheless, it doesn’t. It feels splendidly cohesive and effectively put collectively. What’s exceptional, although, is that it appears to convey so many alternative kinds to its driving expertise, whereas making all of them work collectively. Its styling is straight out of Italy, wanting extra like a traditional Lamborghini than a BMW. It’s low, large, wedge-shaped and extremely thrilling wanting, much more so than something from Germany on the time. But, open the door and it’s full German sensibility. A black and gray inside is a stark distinction to the intense purple physique of the M1.
However one of the best half concerning the M1 appears to be the way in which it drives. That three.5 liter M88 I6 engine is a masterpiece, revving out fantastically and making fantastic noises. Questioning how a lot energy it makes? It doesn’t matter. The BMW M1 is concerning the expertise, not the facility. Nevertheless it’s about 270 hp for those who’re asking. It additionally rides and handles fantastically, much better than you’d count on from a automobile from its period.
Sobran’s assessment of the BMW M1 is an efficient learn and you must test it out. The M1 is such a particular automobile that has its place in automotive historical past. I want I had the braveness, and alternative, to drive one.