BMW enthusiasts are counting on their favorite automotive company to drive out the new i8 hybrid supercar next year. Many were pretty sure that the BMW i8 would be getting an M version as well.
But the German automotive manufacturer has confirmed that there wouldn’t be an M version to come after the i8 hybrid. Early speculations led some to believe that the hybrid powertrain would be pulled off to place a V8 or a V10, taken from the older versions of M5/M6, to develop an M8.
But that idea is off the table and we won’t be seeing a fully conventional-powered variant of the i8. The news shouldn’t be so disappointing though, because the i8 is no toy.
The upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar, weighing at a modest 1450 kilos, will tick smoothly with a 170 bhp (127kW) electric motor powering the front axle. A 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 223 bhp (166 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) will rein the rear wheels.
The vehicle would reportedly get to a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.9 seconds, and the top speed is marked at 156 mph (251 km/h). The design of the car goes close to the concept model that the company had ousted, which showed a low-flung 2+2 equipped with pop-up doors and wing-like rear spoilers.
The i8 is pricey and the starting price is said to be around 150,000 EUR (127,800 GBP / 200,700 USD).