BMW i8 not getting an M version - report

BMW i8 spy photo 13.03.2013 / Automedia
BMW i8 spy photo 13.03.2013 / Automedia

Was considered, but then dropped

It appears as BMW has dropped plans of launching an M version of the upcoming i8 hybrid supercar.

Initially there were some rumors about ditching the hybrid powertrain in favor of a V8 or a V10 taken from the old M5/M6 to create an M8, but now it seems there won't be a fully conventional-powered variant of the i8.

Despite the bad news, let's not forget the i8 will be no slouch thanks to a 170 bhp (127 kW) electric motor powering the front axle and a 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 223 bhp (166 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) driving the rear wheels. It should be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 156 mph (251 km/h).

It is believed the BMW i8 will have a starting price of around 150,000 EUR (127,800 GBP / 200,700 USD).

Published May 2nd, 2013 3:20pm By Adrian Padeanu
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There won't be an M version. People expecting M versions of the upcoming i cars are not that clued up. Why start an i brand in the first place. An M version would completely go against the values of BMW i. This is a brand built for effeciency and economy using cutting edge hybrid technologies. Simple.
May 2nd, 2013 8:45pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
I hope the "M version" that the dropped, doesn't apply to the M1 successor we is supposedly going to be called M8. Then again if there was an M version of i8 it would probably be Mi8 or i8M!?
May 2nd, 2013 8:26pm
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hajime1990 hajime1990
doh. what you expected them to say "m version will come in xx months after the standard version" ?
May 2nd, 2013 4:20pm
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Rotaermel Rotaermel
When in comes to sportscars and supercars, BMW is way behind Audi and Mercedes. No SLS competitor, no small M-roadster like the SLK55, no big M-Sedan like the S65/S63.
May 2nd, 2013 4:12pm
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