The German based automaker BMW is planning to develop a successor for the M1, which is expected to wear the M8 name.

The car manufacturer may try to keep the upcoming BMW M8 into the shadows for the moment but that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on the model and, according to the guys at Automobile Magazine, the vehicle will become a successor of the M1. Rumors of mass producing an M1 have been around ever since BMW has unveiled the M1 Hommage Concept back in 2008 during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, but now the model is even closer to its future customers and reports are showing that a BMW supercar will finally hit the market in 2016.

The new BMW M1 is expected to be designed in order to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary but instead of going on sale under the M1 name, the model is rumored to hit the market as the M8. The BMW M8 should get a modified version of the carbon fiber and aluminum architecture which is underpinning the i8 and this should help the model become lighter. 600 HP (447 kW) are expected to be produced by its engine but additional details on its performance are limited.

Source: Automobile Magazine


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