Saturday, April 18, 2009

BMW M1 Homage 2009

BMW Group Australia will bring the BMW M1 Homage show car to Melbourne in February 2009, to form the centerpiece of its stand at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

The BMW M1 Homage was created in 2008 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1 road and race car program, the car developed by the highly successful BMW M GmbH division.

The BMW M1 Homage will sit alongside the all-new BMW 7 Series Sedan which makes its Australian public debut at Melbourne, and the just-released BMW X6 xDrive50i, both of which are powered by the first ever BMW Twin Turbo V8 engines.

The link is apt, given the BMW M1 Group 5 race version was powered by an 850 bhp twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.

For BMW, heritage is always also a living heritage. Drawing inspiration from your own past and thereby reinventing yourself that is exactly what the BMW M1 Homage demonstrates in impressive style, Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW Group Board Member, Development explained at the unveiling of the BMW M1 Homage at the world famous Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste at Lake Como, Italy.

The BMW M1 Homage is a design study in the tradition of a BMW Turbo that represents a contemporary take on the BMW M1 and the mid-engine concept.

Here is the Melbourne International Motor Show Stopper Car BMW M1 Homage Video

The Liquid Orange paintwork exclusively developed for the BMW M1 Homage cites the classic BMW M1 color, yet surprises with its powerfully iridescent play of color and brilliant depth.

It gives life to the extrovert silhouette, highlighting the bold convex and concave surfaces.

Another feature carried over is the twin outboard BMW Roundels, positioned at the extremity of each wing, as in all previous mid-engined BMW models.

Back in 1979, the BMW M1 was Germany's fastest series production sports car. While many were dressed in aggressive war paint for racing in the Proccar series, none is better known than the BMW Art Car, immortalized by Andy Warhol.

We are delighted to be able to announce the BMW M1 Homage show car will be arriving in Australia for the Melbourne International Motor Show, said BMW Group Australia Managing Director Guenther Seemann.

Here is the BMW M1 Homage Animated Video

The BMW M1 Homage is a sensational looking car that highlights both the strong dynamic Motorsport heritage of BMW, but also the talent and skill of our current designers, who created a 21st century look at how a new generation BMW M1 could look.

There is no doubt the BMW M1 Homage will be a draw card for the visitors to the Melbourne show, joining with our new Twin Turbo V8-powered BMW 7 Series and X6 Sports Activity Coup he said.



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