There is a BMW so rare even the most die-hard Bimmeristas are unfamiliar with it. It’s a piece of rolling art that evolved from the legendary M1, itself a fascinating offspring of Italian design and German engineering. It’s called the M1 AHG Studie. Only 10 were ever produced, and one of them has surfaced at RM’s Monterey auction. More than likely, it is the best BMW ever made.
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For those needing a quick refresher on what the M1 was, it started off as a promising collaboration between BMW and Lamborghini to build an Earth-shattering car. The legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro drew up the body (née DeLorean, Lotus Esprit, Nikon D4 camera, and Beretta), but before anything could be built, Lamborghini withdrew, leaving BMW to subcontract significant parts of the build. Today, M1s are legends, but this M1 AHG Studie is so much more.
Power is derived from a straight six cylinder engine, but whereas the normal M1 was capable of a respectable 277 hp, this cranked out 350 hp. The AHG Studie was offered primarily to veterans of BMW’s M1 Procar Championship, in which world champions like Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet were regular fixtures, so it was of little consequence at the time that this car features a full-on racing clutch that would stump anyone not used to it.
In addition to a wider body at the front and rear, the car has a nose designed to keep the wheels planted to the ground at high speeds. It also came with its own duct system to keep the front brakes cool during prolonged bouts of spirited driving. Out back is a much cooler, much more effective wing. All this is, of course, in addition to the already efficient aerodynamics at play on the M1.
Inside, it’s mostly unchanged from its M1 roots, which means it has seats, a steering wheel, and little else to distract you from the luxury of driving such a thoroughbred vehicle.
That’s all there is, really. The ultra-limited edition version of BMW’s only true supercar, designed primarily so Formula 1 drivers could have something fun on the street. How is this not the greatest BMW ever?
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He would trade his 1989 325i for this in a heartbeat.