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1978-1981 BMW M1 specifications

1978-1981 BMW M1 specifications Classic and Performance Car

BMW's first and only supercar was a beautiful and very capable machine – even if it was a commercial failure


The original M car, the BMW M1 was created for Group Five racing, but thanks to delays in development which led to BMW taking control of body production (when partner Lamborghini couldn’t deliver its side of the bargain), it arrived late and never fulfilled its racing potential. The styling by Giugiaro was spot on, as was its chassis and race-bred 24-valve six, but after a run of 456, production of the era’s most drivable supercar came to a halt. Prices are still rising: Munich Legends' Dan Norris predicts the very best will soon be fetching £500,000-plus.

Production

  • Production:
    456
  • Price at launch:
    £37,570
  • Price (excellent)
    £450,000
  • Price (good):
    £300,000
  • Price (average):
    £250,000
  • Price (project):
    £100,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    6.5secs
  • Top speed:
    163.0mph
  • Power:
    277.0bhp
  • Torque:
    243.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    16.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    In-line six-cylinder
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    Mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Double wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers
  • Suspension Rear:
    Double wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers
  • Drivetrain:
    Mid-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    Rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    Spaceframe
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4360mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2560mm
  • Width:
    1824mm
  • Height:
    1140mm
  • Weight:
    1300kgs

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