BMW has hinted that it could bring back a car in the vein of the iconic M1. M1 would take the form of an electrified supercar, as its performance M arm looks to produce more bespoke models.
The division is currently preparing to embark on a rapid-fire electrification program. Electrified models include future BMW M5 and BMW M3 variants, and a planned Lamborghini Urus SUV.
In 2019, BMW showed off the extravagant Vision M hybrid supercar concept as an sign of what to expect from its electrified sports cars. At the time, it inclines to go into production as a spiritual successor to the first bespoke M car.
Soon after, reports began circulating that the project had been canceled due to concerns about R&D costs and low sales potential. Later, the division revealed the BMW XM Concept SUV as a preview of its upcoming standalone M car.
However, BMW bosses remain receptive to the prospect of more customized M models potentially opening the door to revisiting the supercar concept.
BMW M boss Frank van Meel told Autocar: “It’s always something we can see. As car guys, we are always dreaming of making such cars. It doesn’t mean we will, but we continue to explore those ideas.”
Just because the Vision M has never come to fruition “doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about a supercar,” he said. “I’m always trying to figure out how it would work.”
Ultimately, the more conventional XM won and van Meel said a supercar is not vital to M because “we don’t need to prove that we are a sports company.”
He added: “It wasn’t the number one priority, but from the heart, it always has a high priority, and that’s what we’re always looking at.”