BMW M1 

  • $115k built in Germany
  • 1978-1981
  • 274 HP 3.5L
  • 164 mph
Although the M1 was a sports car par excellence, the driver and the co-driver did not forgo the benefit of comfortable motoring.
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It is true that the springs featured by the suspension were rather firm but the suspension’s absorption qualities on bumpy roads were high enough to prevent excessive strain on the passengers.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW M1

0-60mph

BMW M1
6.2 s
DMC-12
10.5 s

Top speed

BMW M1
164 mph
DMC-12
109 mph

0-100mph

BMW M1
13.1 s
DMC-12
40 s
McLaren P1
5.5 s

1/4 mile

BMW M1
14.5 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s

Data points Key details of the BMW M1

Horsepower

BMW M1
274 HP
McLaren P1
903 HP

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BMW M1

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Acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) came in less than 6 seconds, the sprint from 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) took a mere 20 seconds, these being acceleration rates only reached by a handful of automobiles world-wide at that time.
Whilst the 6 Series made its debut, engineers were secretly working on the development of a distinctive BMW sports car, which caused a worldwide sensation in 1978: The BMW M1.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand BMW
Price $115,000
Type of car Production car
Year 1978-1981
Highway mileage 16 MPG

design

Body style Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.42:1
  2. 2: 1.61:1
  3. 3: 1.14:1
  4. 4: 0.85:1
  5. 5: 0.7:1
Axle ratio 4.22:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178
Rear wheels 406/? 203

road tests

Top speed 164 mph
1/4 mile 14.5 s
0-60mph 6.2 s
0-100mph 13.1 s
0-200kph 21.8 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.36 lb/hp
Maximum hp 274 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 244 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 3.31 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,838 lb
Width 71.8 in
Height 44.9 in
Length 171.7 in
Front track width 61 in
Wheelbase 100.8 in
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