BMW may have a slew of high-performance machines carrying the fabled “M” badge, but what its portfolio lacks is a proper supercar.
Give the Bavarians some time and they’ll likely address this issue by introducing a new flagship M Performance model. Autocar has it on good authority a “new super-sports car” is being developed to serve as an indirect replacement for today’s i8.
The plug-in hybrid sports car with its puny three-cylinder engine will reportedly not be renewed as BMW has bigger plans for an electrified machine.
The 1.5-liter gasoline engine will be ditched to make room for a much larger combustion engine. Quite possibly with six cylinders. But the i8 is about to get a second generation.
The report goes on to mention the conventional engine along with the electric motors. It will provide a combined output of more than 700 horsepower in a car estimated to cost in excess of the $147,500 BMW is asking for a base i8 Coupe.
The M lineup is about to grow to include the first-ever X3 M and X4 M, along with the M8 Coupe.