The hybrid i8 has been selling like hot cakes and BMW has taken notice. The assembly lines can’t even keep up with the demand, with a waitlist of almost two years in some markets. With this realization BMW, has all but officially announced the supercar version of the i8.
A hybrid supercar based on the i8 is currently being worked on in Munich under the project name M100. As the testing goes on BMW is testing out two different drivetrains, neither of them under 500 hp.
The first includes a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter gas engine that is supported by a 204 hp electric motor, a total of 524 hp and all-wheel drive. The second is a six-cylinder block with 480 hp all to the rear wheels and a 109 hp electric motor forward of that.
The second option may not be as environmentally conscious but it sure does sound fun to drive, a supercar indeed.
Rumor has it that the i8s will be able to handle 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, about a full second faster than the original i8.
The BMW i8S supercar isn’t due out until 2016 but will be a great way to ring in the manufacturer’s 100th birthday. Here at JMK BMW we hope to celebrate that milestone in our brand’s history with such a super car.