Limited edition supercar being prepped for 2016.
In 2016, BMW will celebrate its 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion the German media is reporting the carmaker will launch an i9 plug-in hybrid supercar. Rumors of a spiritual successor to the fabled M1 are nothing new, and this time Auto Motor und Sport is claiming it will take the form of a more hardcore i8, with its plug-in hybrid powerplant delivering substantially more than the i8’s 362 hp and 420 lb-ft.
The extra performance could come from a larger gasoline engine replacing the i8’s 231-hp 1.5-liter turbo-three unit as well as a beefier electric motor. The added weight will be offset by the liberal application of carbon fiber and aluminum, enabling the i9 to sprint from 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds and hit a top speed significantly beyond 155 mph. Expect the i9 to be rolled in a very limited run with a price tag to match.