More potent i8 planned for BMW’s 2016 centenary

SHAFAQNA –  BMW could celebrate its 100th year anniversary in 2016 with a cranked-up version of its i8 hybrid supercar, according to Autocar.

The i8, which went on sale in July, is driven by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit and 98kw electric motor for a combined power output of 360hp. That’s enough to get it up to 62mph in 4.4 seconds with a 155mph top speed.

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The special edition model, which could be called the i9, would use the same carbonfibre bodyshell as the i8 but feature more aggressive styling and a stronger electric motor, and an engine twice the size of the i8’s.

Autocar believes that engine is a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit, currently in development and set to appear in the upcoming 7 series replacement.

This greater power output could snip its 0-62mph sprint to under four seconds.

BMW’s i sub-brand is also rumoured to be developing a stretched version of the i3, dubbed the i5.

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Source: Autocar

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