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BMW M Division Wants Its Own Sports Car: Report

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Having successfully launched its SLS AMG, Mercedes-Benz tuner AMG is now considering launching its second model and taking yet another step towards becoming its own standalone sports car brand.

There’s no doubt closest rival BMW M will be feeling a little envious, having to settle building faster versions of regular BMW cars.

However, ever since the stunning M1 Homage concept was shown at the Villa D'Este Concours in 2008, the rumor mongerers have been flogging the idea of a reborn M1.

BMW M development boss Albert Biermann effectively put those rumors to rest last year, but with the M division now on the verge of expanding its offerings with the upcoming BMW M Performance lineup there’s renewal of hope of a new sports car being developed.

Speaking with Autocar on the sidelines of the recent Detroit Auto Show, an insider at BMW M said the brand was pushing for approval to build its own rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Audi R8.

“M wants to build its own car,” the insider said. “BMW has a great heritage of super-coupes and the [upcoming] M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ‘super sports car’.”

One of the main reasons cited for a lack of a BMW M-developed sports car is the need for a suitable business case, which BMW execs are struggling with, especially now that the automaker is preparing for the launch of its own eco-focused i8 sports car.

Instead, M fans will have to look forward to the new M6 range as the pinnacle of BMW M performance. The insider revealed that the new version, due out at March’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show, will be a much more focused machine than the previous M6 despite ditching the V-10 engine for the smaller twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 found in the 2013 BMW M5.

Peak output may exceed the M5’s 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, and there will also be new carbon fiber body panels, one of which will be the roof piece, as well as carbon ceramic brakes and light alloy wheels.
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