BMW i8 Meets Spiritual Precursor, the M1 on Track

The i8 may be a smartphone on wheels in order to appeal to modern buyers, but it’s BMW’s only mid-engined production car since the M1 – it’s a historic model.

The latter was not very popular in its day, and judging by the positive impression it leaves in the video below (plus its attractive Italian-inspired looks), we wonder why that was – the modern i8 has no such problems and there’s a two-year waiting list for one.

It may not be the sharpest of sports cars, but then again it doesn’t try to be one. Instead, it’s meant to be usable, very fast and highly efficient, and it’s all three of those – some say it’s even good for in-town driving too.

AutoExpress drives both cars on track, in order to see how much has changed in the four decades that separate the two. The M1 impresses with a sharp and enjoyable driving experience, helped by the traditional nature of its 3.5-liter straight-six, and according to the reviewer, being behind the wheel of one feels like an event.

The i8 seems to do that too, and if you can live with the fake engine noise, impractical doors and the idea of not having the sharpest driving car out there, then you’ll love it (even on track).

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