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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 the Bavarian automaker for just a short period – from 1978 to 1981. It was born of a (failed) collaboration with Lamborghini: after the two automakers had a rift, BMW produced the car on its own, making the only mid-engined BMW ever to be mass-produced. The 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine came with a 5-speed manual transmission, making 277 horsepower and leading this beauty to various motorsports successes in the 80s.

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

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