BMW M Boss Discusses i8

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

BMW i8

BMW i8

BMW i8

BMW i8

The outgoing BMW M boss Dr. Friedrich Nitschke sat down with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport to talk about the future of the brand, all-wheel drive M cars, naturally-aspirated engines versus turbo, BMW M8 and much more.

Ex-Audi quattro boss, Franciscus van Meel, will take over as Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH from 1 January 2015.

Here’s the i8 portion of Nitschke’s discussion, as outlined by BMWBLOG:

According to the M boss, BMW has decided so far not to build a traditional supercar, but rather focus on the next generation supercars, which we see in the BMW i8. Furthermore, Nitschke says if BMW will design an M supercar in the future, “then it would be something special, not just another supercar.”

He also ruled out an i8 M sportscar but left the door open for a hybrid-powered M. He says that “for engineers a combination of combustion and electric motor is an attractive option.” But the added weight, due to the battery and the electric motor, would forbid the birth of a hybrid M.

So, no hybrid M car…ever?

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3 responses to "BMW M Boss Discusses i8"

  1. Scott says:

    “He also ruled out an i8 M sportscar but left the door open for a hybrid-powered M. He says that “for engineers a combination of combustion and electric motor is an attractive option.” But the added weight, due to the battery and the electric motor, would forbid the birth of a hybrid M.”

    What? This doesn’t make sense.

  2. Mr. M says:

    this is how i read it: battery ( and Motor) now to heavy. geht me some batterirs with 2-3 times the energy density as in i3 and we will build this car.

  3. Rob says:

    OOOOH, I hope BMW bring out an i5.
    As a brit I’d wet my pants if they brought out an M version. It might be called the Mi5! 🙂
    I could see a certain Mr Bond driving one(when the Aston was in the shop)