The German based automaker BMW is currently planning to introduce the i9 plug-in hybrid supercar over the next couple of years.
After officially introducing the i3 and the i8, the car manufacturer is now planning to expand the “i” lineup with a new addition, a plug-in hybrid supercar. The announcement hasn’t been made officially just yet but according to a report published by the Germans from Auto Motor und Sport, the model in question might be named the i9 and it will become a potential spiritual successor for the legendary M1 and this could serve as a celebration of BMW’s centenary.
The upcoming BMW i9 plug-in hybrid is believed to pack a more hardcore version of the powertrain found on the current i8, which is producing 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque and this will happen most likely by dropping the 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline burner and replace it with a larger and more powerful one. It remains unknown for the moment whether this new plug-in hybrid supercar will become a rival for models such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Porsche 918 Spyder or the McLaren P1 but we will find out more about it in 2016, when it is planned to be introduced.