Is There a Hybrid Supercar in BMW’s Future?
In 2016, BMW will celebrate 100 years of manufacturing vehicles, a milestone any company strives to achieve in their respective industry. To welcome 2016, and hopefully another 100 years of pursuing the core values of BMW, word has it the German automaker might be working on something that BMW has never accomplished, and the world has never seen. Here at Bill Jacobs BMW, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for BMW.
From the GM EV1 to the latest performance-oriented Tesla, the use of hybrid drivetrains has been growing in popularity for consumer vehicles. With the launch of BMW’s i3 and i8 this year, BMW is looking to get back into the supercar marketplace with hybrid vehicles. According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, BMW is looking at using a larger gasoline motor along with hybrid generators in a new supercar named the BMW i9.
Based on Auto Motor und Sport’s findings, they believe the i9 should be based on the existing i8’s chassis and design, but instead of the three-cylinder gasoline motor currently used, a larger in-line six would be installed. Knowing that the current drivetrain found in the i8 is transverse-mounted, there are a large amount of modifications that would be needed to install a drivetrain twice the size.
Due to the larger motor in the i9, Auto Motor und Sport is hypothesizing that the i9 will be heavier, but it should easily run away from the i8 due to more power from its inline six. Right now, the i8’s peak horsepower is 362, but with twice the amount of cylinders, one can only imagine the potential of the i9.
BMW has not had a pure supercar since the infamous BMW M1 and would undoubtedly make an impact with such a vehicle. Currently, Porsche does manufacture a hybrid supercar named the 918 Spyder which makes a combined 887 horsepower thanks to a 4.6-liter V8 which produces 608 horsepower and two electric motors that offer a combined 279 horsepower. According to Porsche, only 918 units will be made at an outrageous cost of around $845,000 each!
If BMW is capable of manufacturing a hybrid supercar at a fraction of the cost of the Porsche 918, we can only imagine where BMW will go in the next 100 years! If you are interesting in shopping for a new or pre-owned BMW, or would like to learn more about the i3 or i8, stop over to Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville, IL!