BMW Reportedly Developing A Hybrid Supercar To Replace The I8 – Jan 03, 2019 – Munich, Germany (Techreleased) – BMW may have updated the i8 coupe and added the i8 Roadster to its lineup, but from what we’ve heard, BMW doesn’t have plans for a second generation of its high-performance hybrid. In fact, both the i3 and i8 are likely on the chopping block. But that doesn’t mean BMW’s getting out of the mid-engine game altogether. It may be readying a true hybrid supercar.
“If you are an engineer, once in your life, you want to make a super-sports car. I think partial electrification will enable that,” Frohlich said. “If we have these very compact and very powerful electric driving units, if we have a carbon-fiber chassis—for example, the i8’s—and if we still have high-performance engines, then, if you do it cleverly, you can combine them into a real performance package.”
Frohlich wasn’t shy about name-checking potential competitors, either. “If you look at the supercars—the McLarens, the Ferraris—beyond 2020, they will be all partially electric,” he said. “And if you look at power plug-in hybrids we are planning for today, an electric motor in our PHEVs has a little bit more than 99 bhp and 184 lb-ft of torque. So if you see this e-motor in a car which can give you in milliseconds the push formerly found in a V-8 engine, then you can have a very sporty feel from this power PHEV—and it fits perfectly to the M brand.”
Of course, more performance will likely cost more, as well. And with the i8 already starting around $150,000, we may be looking at a $200,000 price tag for BMW’s next hybrid supercar. Then again, if it drives like a McLaren or Ferrari, it may absolutely be worth the money.