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BMW Performance Division's Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted

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The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW, and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3.

Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.

Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8. While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?

At the recent launch of the M3 and M4, CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.

When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter “capacity not a question of know-how.” Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.

Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?

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BMW Performance Division’s Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:00 EST.

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