Snapped a day ahead of its official debut, the M1 Concept shows BMW can reinterpret its classics in a modern and daring way. Sharing the essential core of the original M1's design, yet thoroughly up-to-date, the new concept arrives just a month past its predecessor's 30th birthday.

Showing BMW's increasing distance from the Chris Bangle flame-surfacing design language of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the M1 is a smooth, flowing, yet angular wedge with a low brow, high haunches and the signature kidney grille.

Details should accompany the official debut tomorrow at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, but until then, we can reminisce about the original M1.

Powered by a 277hp (204kW) 3.5L straight-six, the 160mph (260km/h) M1 accelerated to 62mph (100km/h) in just 5.6 seconds. A collaboration between BMW Motorsport and Lamborghini and designed by Giugiaro Italdesign, only 456 examples of the car were made.

For more on the history and lore of the M1 supercar, read our 30th anniversary coverage.


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