Mike Stevens | Feb 27, 2009

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Sometimes it doesn't hurt to remind yourself how lucky you are. This is just such an occasion. Despite a world of doom and gloom, BMW saw fit to bring its searing-orange M1 Homage concept to Melbourne.

Anything less than centre-stage for the mid-engined marvel would be criminal, but even if it were stuffed in a back corner of the stand you couldn't help but notice the low, wide, brooding coupe built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original M1.

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The original M1 was the first stand-alone car for BMW's M division and still holds a legendary place in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts. Not only was it the world's fastest series production car, but was also immortalised as one of BMW's art cars by Andy Warhol.

“For BMW, heritage is always also a living heritage. Drawing inspiration from your own past and thereby reinventing yourself – that is exactly what the BMW M1 Homage demonstrates in impressive style,” Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW Group Board Member, explained at the unveiling of the BMW M1 Homage.

Some of the styling cues adorning the M1 homage include a vented bonnet, louvered rear windscreen and a black band separating the roof from the rear of the body. Even the highly polished and orange-highlighted wheels recall those of the original.

To top it all off, the rear of the M1 Homage features twin BMW roundels on each side of the rear of the car, a fitting tribute to mid-engined BMWs from the past.

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