Is the BMW i8 a Worthy Heir to the Epic M1?

One mid-engine from the 70s vs a hybrid-duo from the future.

The BMW M1 (E26) was a legendary supercar, built by theBavarian automaker for just a short period – from 1978 to 1981. It was bornof a (failed) collaboration with Lamborghini: after the two automakers had arift, BMW produced the car on its own, making the only mid-engined BMW ever tobe mass-produced. The 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine came with a 5-speed manualtransmission, making 277 horsepower and leading this beauty to variousmotorsports successes in the 80s.

Looking into the near future, the BMW i8 looks like an heirof sorts to the epic M1. With its futuristic design, it is bound to turn as manyheads as the M1 did in its time. But what will it perform like? Even with thelatest groundbreaking technology, the i8 is far from being a supercar in today's terms. Its twoengines – the 231hp fuel engine and 131hp electric motor – will move the carfrom 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. Putting the two of them together for this photoshoot, German magazineAuto Motor und Sport asks a compelling question: could this seriously be aworthy heir?

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