BMW's new i8 hybrid sportscar is due sometime next year, but don't expect a conventionally-powered M version to follow.
As BMW progressed with the development of the i8 hybrid sportscar, rumors began circulating that the i division’s flagship project would be handed over to the M division as well. The thought was that the performance department would ditch the i8’s hybrid powertrain and replace it with either a V8 or even the V10 from the old M5 and M6 and turn it into a new M8 supercar. But those rumors appear to have now been put to rest, as Car magazine reports that the notion of an M-fettled, conventionally-powered version of the vehicle is off the table.
That doesn’t mean that the i8 will be without grunt, though. With a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine driving 223 horsepower to the rear wheels, and an electric motor kicking in 170 hp to the front, the i8 packs just under 400 horsepower and just over 400 lb-ft of torque for a projected sub-four-second 0-60 time.