BMW M1 driven

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Here’s a video from XCAR that takes a look at one of our all-time favourite cars: the BMW M1.

Just 456 production M1s were hand-built by the Motorsport division of BMW as a homologation special between 1978 and 1981. Powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-litre straight-six engine fed by six separate throttle bodies, the road cars produced 204 kW (273 hp), while their turbocharged racing counterparts developed as much as 634 kW (850 hp).

BMW had originally asked Lamborghini to build the M1, but financial woes put paid to that agreement. The body went on to be designed by Giugiaro, drawing inspiration from the stunning gullwing-doored 1972 BMW Turbo show car.

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