BMW’s superstar comeback is still mostly a mystery, we don’t even know the final shape of the car yet but, like any Scooby Doo show, things are beginning to unravel.
As we found out earlier last month, the BMW M1 will be ready to hit the market by 2016 and it will set its scopes on the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS.
Just like its predecessor, the BMW M1 will not stray from the idea of two seats, an engine in the middle and a whole lot of power.
Performance levels is where things enter a new league. The 2016 BMW M1 will produce some 600-650 horsepower courtesy of a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine.
More importantly, thanks to lightweight and exotic materials, the new M1 should end up weighing no more than 2755 pounds.
To put it into perspective, it’s about 130 lbs lighter than the original M1 and several hundred pounds lighter than the most stripped down R8.
There’s bound to be some technology borrowed from the i range cars but as no mention of batteries or electric motors has been made we suspect that the lightweight tech is what’s going to matter here.
Pricing estimates of a quarter million are still in place except more and more publications seem to vary the currency. Between euros, dollars or GBP, things could get a little hairy.
Even so, by most accounts, the BMW M1 should deliver similar performance levels to what the Lamborghini Aventador offers yet it should be quite a bit cheaper.
Not a bad recipe.