BMW M1: A Powerhouse Release

BMW M1 – E26 was manufactured in the year 1978 and continued to be in existence till 1981. In late 70s, Lamborghini had made an agreement with BMW to produce more racing cars for homologation. Later on, conflicts arose and that prompted BMW to manufacture racing cars on its own.

The Only BMW with Mid-Engine

BMW M1 was sold to public in between 1978 and 1981. It was the only car manufactured with mid engine. It was employed with a 3.5L 6-cylinder twin-cam M88/1 petrol engine. This particular engine was used in South African BMW 745i version. BMW had produced similar kinds of vehicles in the 80s like E24 BMW M6, E28 BMW M5, and E24 BMW M635CSi.

The engine had got 6 separate throttle bodies, 4-valves / cylinder and was capable of producing 277 PS in street version, offering a top speed of 162 miles per hour. The BMW turbo-charged versions were capable of generating 850 horses, which were simply out of the world!

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Technical Characteristics of BMW M1

Technical Characteristics of 1978 BMW M1 E26 produced by BMW (DE).

Body Type Fixed-head coupe 2 doors / 2 seats
Weight 1300 Kg
Length 4359 mm
Height 1138 mm
Wheelbase 2560 mm
Front Track 1549 mm
Rear Track 1575 mm
Ground Clearance 120 mm
Fuel Capacity 116 liters
Engine location n/a
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion
Fuel Supply System Ku-Bo fuel inj.
Max Power 276HP (203 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Max Torque 330Nm @ 5000 rpm
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 3453 cc
Bore 93 mm
Stroke 84 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders 6 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 24
Compression Ratio 9:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes VeDi-S
Standard Wheels 7 x 16 / 8 x 16
Standard Tyres 205/55 VR 16 / 225/50 VR 16
Suspension Front I.CS.W.
Suspension Rear I.CS.W.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 5
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 5.9 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 16.9 l/100km
Road 7.5 l/100km
Mixt 11 l/100km