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Old 02-20-2004, 02:17 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Top Gear article on EVERY M car,EVER !!! very cool articlE!







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Old 02-20-2004, 02:18 AM   #2
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cool man nice find
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Old 02-20-2004, 02:41 AM   #3
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i belive this is a repost my friend
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Old 02-20-2004, 03:35 AM   #4
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What magazine is that??
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:20 AM   #5
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WOW, what an incredible article!
M5 came in second, but not in MY BOOKS!
What i would do for one of those 400hp MONSTERS!
Vadim you lucky SUNUVABITCH!
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:22 AM   #6
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:40 AM   #7
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where did u find that
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:41 AM   #8
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Originally posted by SOLDOMATIC 325i
WOW, what an incredible article!
M5 came in second, but not in MY BOOKS!
What i would do for one of those 400hp MONSTERS!
Vadim you lucky SUNUVABITCH!
Im telling you,M5s suck!
and its not 400hp,its actually 394.
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:54 AM   #9
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good repost.

by looking at the group pic, you can see how speical the M Coupe is within all the BMWs... hehe~
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:49 AM   #10
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Does anyone else get the feeling he pulled this article out of his ass in about half an hour? He doesn't seem to really have any real criteria or reason for making some of these decisions... like, da **** is the M535i doing in 5th?
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:53 AM   #11
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Does anyone else get the feeling he pulled this article out of his ass in about half an hour? He doesn't seem to really have any real criteria or reason for making some of these decisions... like, da **** is the M535i doing in 5th?
If by "out of his ass" you mean "STRAIGHT OUT OF BMW'S MARKETING DEPARTMENT" then yes, that is where this came from.

how can an 84-87 M535i be better than an E30 M3?!?
E46 M3 > M1 ?!?
It looks more like an advertisement of BMW's new lineup than a comparison of M cars.

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1. E39 M5 (Worlds most well-rounded car.)
2. 2000+ MZ3 Coupe (The ultimate hatchback)
3. M1
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:57 AM   #12
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Miguel, M1 wasnt a successful bimmer at all.
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Old 02-20-2004, 07:02 AM   #13
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Miguel, M1 wasnt a successful bimmer at all.
The big sensation in the world of sports cars in 1978: the BMW M1.

BMW Motorsport GmbH's first competition car not based on a regular production model: the M1. Initially, this mid-engined super-sports car was intended for the Group 5 FIA Silhouette Championship, BMW building the technical components, Lamborghini in Italy supplying the body. But then the project was delayed and ultimately Baur, the coachbuilding company in Stuttgart, built the thoroughbred plastic bodyshell. And since too much time had elapsed for the racing activity originally planned, Jochen Neerpasch, the Managing Director of Motorsport GmbH, joined forces with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley in creating the so-called ProCar Series as the opening race leading into most European Formula 1 Grand Prix in the 1979/80 season.

Since the minimum production requirement for homologation in motorsport was 400 units, the ultra-low mid-engined M1 measuring a mere 1.14 metres in height also came as a road-going model. The first car with the famous letter "M" made its debut in the market. The price of the 277 bhp M1 back in 1978 was exactly DM 100,000, but demand exceeded supply by far: When 130 cars had been completed after one year, there were still more than 300 firm orders waiting to be fulfilled. Right from the start the M1 was the fastest road-going sports car built in Germany, as timed by a leading car journal: In a test conducted in 1979, the M1 reached a top speed of 264.7 km/h or 164.1 mph. "You only have to shift up from fourth to fifth at 213 km/h or 132 mph, and then keep on accelerating all-out up to the top speed of the car", stated the testers at the time.

Even this was very little compared with the racing version: Developing 470 bhp, the ProCar racing version had a top speed well over 300 km/h or 190 mph. And it was in one of these cars that Niki Lauda, already two-time winner of the Formula 1 World Championship, made his big appearance in 1979, winning three out of 8 ProCar races and finishing second on another occasion. In the USA the Red Lobster Team M1's quickly became genuine cult cars wiping out the competition in the IMSA GTO Class.

Motivated by the outstanding success of the M1 and its great image, Motorsport GmbH decided to build another model: Proceeding from the regular 5 Series, the engineers developed and built the M535i in 1980, carrying over the two-valve six-cylinder from the 735i. With engine output of 218 bhp, this 5 Series quickly became the king of the fast lane.

If it wasnt for the M1, who knows if M-Tech would ever exist
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Im not gonna read it, but Im talking about street version.
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Old 02-20-2004, 07:09 AM   #15
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Im not gonna read it, but Im talking about street version.
You didnt read my post above so I know you wont read this one...

why didn't the BMW M1 acquire the supercar status of the Countach or Ferrari's BB Berlinetta Boxer? Well, in this instance, timing was everything. The M1 project was given the green light in 1975, but the first prototype didn't appear until 1977, and the production M1 failed to debut until the Paris auto show in the fall of 1978. While that doesn't seem overly long in production car terms, it was interminably long in a car meant first for the racetrack.

Of course, the project wasn't helped by the fact that Lamborghini was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy when BMW issued its contract. The development deal looked like a way out of the financial woods for the Italians, but instead it proved to be yet another burden. Lamborghini had always had difficulty getting its own vehicles out the door. With a demanding German company as its customer, things got even harder, and Automobili Lamborghini tumbled into receivership.

The unexpected collapse of its key supplier, even though temporary, put the entire M1 project in jeopardy. BMW scrambled to find other sub-contractors who could make the required sub-systems. Two Italian firms were tapped to provide the tube chassis and the fiberglass body, respectively, while German specialty coachbuilder Baur was signed on to do final assembly. When all was said and done, the combination of suppliers resulted in surprising well-built cars that gained a reputation as "an exotic that worked."

But the scrambling had resulted in so many delays that by the time the 400 street versions of the M1 had been built, qualifying the car for the World Sportscar series, the vehicle was woefully uncompetitive. So instead of winning a World Sportscar title, as BMW had envisioned, the M1 became the vehicle of choice for the 1979 and 1980 Procar series, in which Formula One drivers competed against one another in identically prepared vehicles. The series did give the M1 some visibility, and the two Procar champions were top Grand Prix drivers Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet, but the result was nothing like what BMW had originally planned for the costly project.

To add insult to indignity, the second world fuel crisis struck in 1979, making another exoticar extraneous to the market, at least in BMW's eyes. Instead, they set some of their sites on Formula One racing as an engine supplier and began to build environmentally themed powerplants for their passenger cars, lowkeying their performance heritage.

Including both street and competition versions, fewer than 475 BMW M1s were built before the company shut down the project. To many, the end came much too soon for a reliable exotic coupe that could jet from 0-60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 163 mph.
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