BMW i8 and BMW M1
As a diehard BMW fan, I'll tell you that the BMW M1 is one of the most sought after BMWs ever built.
In total, only 456 M1 were ever built. Today, these "Ultimate Driving Machines" fetch upwards of $200,000 for pristine used examples.
BMW Blog describes the M1 as follows:
"The M1 came to life in 1978 at the Paris Motor Show as the M divisions first ever creation.The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car."
"At the time of its launch, it was one of the fastest and most dynamic cars on the market. It featured a 277 horsepower 3.5-liter straight-six engine and could reach speeds in excess of 160 mph. The redline came at 7,000 rpm and the M1 was capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds."
Auto Motor und Sport had the rare opportunity to capture the BMW M1 along with today's equivalent, the BMW i8. The comparison write-up found on Auto Motor und Sport is worth a read (it's in German though).
But what caught our attention is how similar the two BMWs appear from the outside.
While the M1 was decades ahead of its time, we'd say the i8 is leading us into the near future.
i8 and M1
Seeing these two rare machines side-by-side provides us with a perfect example of how BMW continues to incorporate its design heritage into its modern-day automobiles. Perhaps that's not true with the i3, but it's ever-so clear with the i8 when it's seen next to the M1.