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The German based automaker BMW is planning to introduce a hotter version of the i8, which will be called the i9, for its centenary celebrations, in 2016.

BMW is not letting the “i” brand go with just two models, the i3 and the i8, and it is actually planning of expanding it, with a new member, the i9, which should be introduced sometimes in 2016. According to a recent report published by Autocar, quoting sources within the company, the model in question will be a hotter version of the i8 which will come with a more aggressive styling, a more powerful electric motor and a larger engine.

The current BMW i8 is using a 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol burner and an electric motor, but the updated version will come with the new 3.0 liter modular six-cylinder unit, which is currently in development, and will first make it to the new generation of the 7-Series. This should allow the i9 to accelerate faster from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) than the i8’s 4.4 seconds and to improve its limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The new BMW i8 will be introduced in 2016, for the company’s centenary celebrations.