BMW Says No To BMW i8 M

JUN 22 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

There Will Be No BMW i8 M

There Will Be No BMW i8 M

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

Carsten Pries, Head of Product Management BMW M and Friedrich Nitschke, M Chief, denied once again that the sports division is planning an M version of the BMW i8, even though rumors have never been founded, renderings and whispers of a BMW i8 M continued to appear on the interwebs.

First rumors appeared in 2013 when Car Magazine UK said BMW considered an M version of the i8 with a V8 or even V10 engine, but the plans have been scraped all-together.

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The lightweight and innovative BMW i8 will come to market in August and first press drives have praised the hybrid sportscar.

BMW fans have long waited for another supercar after the legendary M1, but the company has been focusing more on large production models versus a halo car with low or zero margins.

The possibility of a new BMW supercar remains high and the BMW board is said to often assess supercar proposals from within the company.

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5 Comments on "BMW Says No To BMW i8 M"

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Benjamin Anderson

I agree the i8 will probably flop, so why make a i8 M?

EricP

Nowhere in the article it is mentionned that the i8 will flop so I don’t know what you agree to exactly. From what I know, several months of production of the i8 are already presold and most reviews are very positive so it seems to already be a success even before the first production unit is delivered.

That being said, even if I owned an M in the past, now being an i3 owner, I don’t think that an i8 with a bigger ICE engine should see the day. The i sub brand is about cleaner driving so if it ever wears an M badge, the energy boost should come from the electric motor.

@EricP

I see your point.

but the idea of a V8 AND a bigger electric motor sure sounds good too.

There’s talk that this config (mid engine V8 w/ electric co-axial gearbox in front) could be in the makings for the next generation Corvette.

A V8 never sounds good.

A more powerful electric motor and the car going all electric though. That would have been a car I would want to see.

Brandon

lol