By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Dec 15th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
 
BMW revealed the M1 Hommage Concept in April of 2008 to show what a successor to the original M1 might look like.

It went down in history as one of the best-received concept cars ever revealed and the German automaker was initially going to produce it. Several months later, BMW abruptly changed its plans and announced that the M1 revival project had been scrapped.

Nevertheless, rumors of sports car built by BMW's M division continued to hover around the brand, especially with the arrival of newcomers like the Mercedes-Benz SLS and the Lexus LFA.

BMW has rarely commented on these rumors, but it now appears that the question can finally be buried. The final answer is no, BMW's M division will not build such a car.

egmCarTech recently interviewed Matt Russell, the product manager for the North American arm of BMW's M Division. "We've discussed these possibilities", said Russell, "but ultimately, we didn't feel the need to make a very exclusive high-end supercar and we still don't. I already firmly believe that we produce supercars, except that they're two in one: an executive car with supercar performance. They are the essence of BMW M-Cars."

To illustrate his statement, Russell said that the E92 M3 is "spot on with the Audi R8 V8 in terms of performance numbers like lateral G's, braking and acceleration."

Instead of an R8-fighter, the automaker will focus on producing its electric i8 sports car, set to make its debut in 2014.

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