BMW is in the initial phases of a project that could lead to the ultimate driving machine entering production in 2016. That's the year when the Bavarian automotive brand celebrates its centenary.
To celebrate this event, the company wants to prove it too can make a supercar, one that could share some of its underpinnings with the i8 plug-in hybrid but which could offer a proper petrol head's engine. Usually, we'd dismiss such information as begin pre speculation. After all, anybody can look at the i8 and say it would be a supercar if they put a big engine in the back. But the insight comes directly from M division boss Friedrich Nitschke, who said the car is known internally as the M8.
The engine chosen for BMW's second supercar ever is a twin-turbo V8 producing somewhere around 600 horsepower, an adaptation of the S63 an S63Tu found in today's M models. But being a halo car for BMW, it will most likely focus on radical weight savings and increased aerodynamic efficiency as well.
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