Speculation: New design for alleged BMW hybrid supersports car

Rumors | August 16th, 2010 by 12
Autozeitung No 12 vom 26 Mai 2010

Media speculations around a future BMW hybrid supercar continue. German magazine AutoZeitung mentions a hybrid supercar producing close to 600 horsepower and due to launch …

Media speculations around a future BMW hybrid supercar continue. German magazine AutoZeitung mentions a hybrid supercar producing close to 600 horsepower and due to launch in 2013.

Developed by the BMW M Division, the supercar would be based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, featuring a similar powertrain with electric motors assisting the engine. The plug-in lithium-ion technology is developed together with SB LiMotive.

The car would have a driving autonomy on electric up to 50 kilometers.

But here is where the speculations are reaching their highest peak. The BMW hybrid supercar could use a 5.0 liter V10 from the M5 E60, matted to a 7-speed SMG. Based on BMW’s latest investment in EfficientDynamics, we find the report to be quite far from the truth. BMW has iterated several times that their future revolves around fuel efficient cars, with small displacement and enough power to maintain the driving dynamics specific to a BMW.


We expect to see a hybrid supercar in the future, but most likely it will be powered by a small three or four-cylinder engine, assisted by electric motors.

The car mentioned by AutoZeitung is said to use an aluminum drivetrain, plenty of fiber carbon and to weigh around 1,500 kilograms. The car would reach 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds and fuel consumption would be rated at 3.5.-3.8 liters/100 km, unlikely from a V10 engine.

Autozeitung No 12 vom 26 Mai 2010

The speculations continue around the naming convention, from simply BMW M8 to BMW M8 Hybrid.

In our opinion, BMW will continue to focus on reducing the consumption of the entire fleet and such prestige projects would rather take a secondary place.

  • Giom

    They’d probably develop a hard core balls-to-bone version after the hybrids’ launch. Then a V10 would make sence. And they’d be able to do it free of green guilt because of the hybrid.

    Thats what I’m hoping for anyways.

  • Hubert Jadczak

    Engine should be more powerful, don’t take me wrong, the 5.0 V10 from previous M5/M5 is great, but the new 4.4 twin-turbo producing around 580HP would be maginificiant in this machine :D

  • viper

    v10 is history.

    • wazon8

      Big V8 (6,3 litre) is history, if you ask me. What’s history is big capacity, not the number of cylinders.

      • Doug

        I read that even formula 1 is going with turbo 4-cylinders for the next iteration. I think it suggests that both are being chopped, industry-wide.

  • Bryce

    I think they’ll introduce the hybrid version first and then the V10 version a year later. BMW is trying to open up a new segment by introducing a fuel-efficient hybrid, the likes of which only the Tesla Roadster will compete with. As for the V10 version, BMW knows they’ll have to introduce one so as not to continue to be outdone by the Audi R8. I don’t really think the hybrid version is going to be a competent track day vehicle for the wealthy enthusiast.

    • kcsnyud

      WHo knows….

      • 1mc

        I don’t think there’s a choice really. Petrol prices keep going up, environmental damage is worsening. The whole car industry has to change – you can adopt early and help fund the change in good conscience or be selfish and adopt the change as late as possible begrudgingly.

        I’d keep my eye on Porsche’s GT3 R for now. See how well it performs on the circuit..

        • kcsnyud

          I mean, 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, thats pretty fast, so if they keep the weight down, and give it a stop speed of more than 190 mph it would be great

          • kcsnyud

            for m8

    • wazon8

      Assuming that they will make late fully pethrol version, I wonder whether it will be V10 construction or actually avaible V12, but M-refined.

  • Frederico Silva

    Hey guys what’s made of this concept: ??
    Maybe we’re only going to know in a few years? :X