Anton Andres / John Barney Biscocho | April 06, 2018 21:42
BMW Philippines celebrates 40 years of the M1
It's not often a brand shows off one of its older models during a local motor show but BMW did just that during this year's Manila International Auto Show. On their stand is a BMW M1, the first car built by the automaker's M division, taking center stage. The other is an M4 DTM, a more track-focused, more powerful version of the M4 Coupe.
The presence of the M1 in the BMW stand isn't just for show. This year, the M division celebrates 40 years of building road cars and while the 3.0 CSL was this first back in 1972, the M1 was the first M-badged model. It was unlike any BMW offered at the time with its mid-engined layout and its wedged exterior design courtesy of Guigiaro. Power came courtesy of a 3.5-liter, inline-six engine with 277 PS and 324 Nm of torque, impressive numbers in the emissions-choked 1970's. With only 453 produced, it is one of the rarest BMWs ever produced.
Even rarer is the M4 DTM as BMW only made 200 copies of the coupe. It's BMW's way of celebrating their 2017 constructor's championship in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, better known as DTM. Drawing inspiration from the race car, it gets a carbon fiber front splitter, cannards at the front bumper corners, blacked-out mirror side mirror caps, side skirts, rear diffuser and a large trunk-mounted spoiler.
It's been put on a diet too. The hood, roof, instrument panel support and the rear diffuser are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to shave off several kilograms. Proving just how hardcore the M4 DTM is, it doesn't come with back seats. Instead, it comes with a rollcage just behind the two front occupants. Slimmer carbon fiber seats are also part of the package.
There's also a significant upgrade under the hood. From 425 PS in the standard M4, the DTM gets its power cranked up to 500 PS along with 600 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Being lighter and having more power, BMW claims the M4 DTM can do 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 305 km/h.