BMW drops i8 M plans image

The German based automaker BMW has recently dropped its plans of offering an M version of the i8 hybrid supercar.

Initial rumors on BMW developing an M version of the upcoming i8 hybrid supercar have been around for quite some time but that doesn’t mean that they will materialize and, in fact, the high performance version of the model will remain a simple idea, or a project, because the German based automaker has no plans of putting it into production. The BMW i8 M should have ditched the hybrid powertrain in order to get the V8 or the V10 from the old M5 and M6 in order to become a real BMW M8, and not an i8 M supercar.

As a quick reminder, the final production version of the BMW i8 will receive a three-cylinder 1.5 liter turbocharged engine, which is good for 223 HP (166 kW) and 400 Nm of torque (295 lb-ft), powering the rear wheels, while the front axle will be “moved” by the 170 HP (127 kW) electric motor. This should allow the hybrid supercar to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 251 km/h (156 mph). The price of the i8 will be set at around 150,000 EUR.

Source: CAR Magazine