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Does anyone know the release date or specs for the new M1?

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thepolarfoxqx
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don't hope to see it earlier than the '06 model year.

of course, look at big auto shows this year for BMW concepts, but the big question after styling is what is getting tucked under the rear mounted deck?

Arty25
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i heard the release date will be around 04' or 05'

thepolarfoxqx
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release for '04, and we've yet to see a pre-release concept car? Really?

I was thinking of seeing it more like 2006 or 2007 (hoping for sooner).

LateNightCable
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I doubt very much we'll see an '04 " M1 ". Unless they pull it out of their majic hat. A car like that will get plenty pre-release press. My guess is it will be available no sooner than '06.

thepolarfoxqx
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then again, if I were BMW, i'd cook up a super-secret M1, pull heavily out of the M-Power parts bin, and have it ready for an '06 model year release early in 2005. Tell me that car rolling out on Jan 1, 2005 wouldn't blow the world automotive market's mind? A car to best F360, Gallardo, Ford GT, and 911 Turbo for less money and from BMW? how do you argue?

LateNightCable
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Let's not sweep the Ford GT under the rug too quick, it's not even out yet. Besides, I think an " M1 " would be very expensive anyway.

thepolarfoxqx
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i think it's fair to say it wouldn't jump well over 120k would it? i couldn't see it happening, 120-130k tops, which puts it in line with a 911 turbo.

And motor trend tested Ford GT, 0-60 time is 3.7, top speed is 195mph, slalom is 71mph, oh, and 60mph-0 comes in under 100ft.

LateNightCable
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Ford GT does 0-60 in 3.7 and runs to 195? Not bad, and they said they weren't going to gear it for high end speed. Looks like they got the best of both worlds.

Well, the Z8 was something like 135k, and that was more of a styling and heritage statement than a technological showcase. I can see an " M1 " going higher than that, but I don't think BMW would want to alienate their clientele by making it too much more. Either way, I think it is bound to be an exotic bargain.

thepolarfoxqx
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I suppose, the Z8 was a generations back of a aluminum car, i think they've gotten less expensive to make, but yeah, i see your point. Z8 was also super inflated pricewise.

The GT is an amazing performer, there are maybe 5 production cars made that will equal or better ford GT in 0-60, top speed, slalom, and braking, the cheapest one may be twice as much as a GT best case scenario. That impresses the hell out me.

Anyone who ever said ford sucked, think again.

LateNightCable
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That sounds like a new variation on their slogan, " If you haven't looked at Ford lately, look again. "

" If you think Ford sucks, think again. "

thepolarfoxqx
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amen to that. The late nineties may not have been kind to ford, but they are fixing things. I'm really impressed to see both GM and Ford focus hard to fix their problems, GM's quality control issues, and Ford's issues with building cars no one wanted to buy (barring say F150 and Explorer). Chrysler is also improving, but that has a lot to do with pillaging the MB parts bin.

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