BMW considering a new supercar to take on McLaren
The BMW i8 came out a staggering five years ago now, becoming the first sportscar to properly utilise electrification. Apart from revealing a new roadster in 2018, BMW hasn't done much with the car since its launch, but Autocar has managed to unearth the possibility that the company could be considering a new i8-based supercar to take on the might of McLaren.
It has been discovered that BMW is considering a car at a higher price point than the current i8 and that has around twice the power of the electrified sportscar, meaning it'll output something in the region of 700bhp.
BMW unveiled the i8 Roadster midway through 2018
That kind of power output would sit it right on the doorstep of the McLaren 570S, with the proposed BMW product also matching the McLaren's construction using the basic carbon tub from the i8.
Klaus Fröhlich, a man responsible for product development at BMW, has stated that the automaker's electric motors for its PHEVs will soon be able to produce around 197bhp and 378lb ft of torque. Once combined with an upgrade of the i8's current three-cylinder internal combustion engine (probably to be replaced by a six-cylinder engine), we can easily see where a supercar-worthy power figure could come from.
Despite looking incredibly futuristic and being a fantastic first stab at an electrified sportscar, BMW has done very little with the i8 since its launch in 2014
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