It is a little unusual for a carmaker like the Bavarian BMW to avoid moving forward. It already produces the fines sports cars in the world and it will not produce a fully-fledged supercar. For example, its rivals, the German Audi and Mercedes-Benz have already developed the R8 and the SLS AMG, respectively.
Actually, for the ones of you who do not know yet, the M1 model that was developed by Lamborghini for BMW between 1978 and 1981 is the only supercar and also the only model with the engine in the middle to support the blue propeller. The model was built as limited edition and so only 456 units have been built. M division boss, Friedrich Nitschke has some very good insights and if he manages to complete his plans, the M1 division might be in for a treat. He has proposed a new supercar that has as base the underpinnings of the future BMW i8 hybrid coupe.
Different sourced have indicated the fact that the new i8 will go on sale sometime next year. Under the hood it will receives a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine to handle the rear wheels and an electric motor to offer power to the rest. The combined output reaches 349 horsepower which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
There is also the proposed BMW M8 supercar, a model powered by twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will replace the 4-cylinder. This new unit will be capable of producing 600 horsepower. It would lose the batteries and the electric motor and the weight would be decreased.
We are not sure if you remember or not, but in the 1990s there was another proposal for the M8 based on the 8-Series and powered by the same V12 used in the British McLaren F1.
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