Will BMW ever build a new supercar? One of the most popular questions we have seen in the past few years and yet, no answer to this date. Sure, there were and will be plenty of rumors around a future M Supercar, either labelled M1 or M8, or even Mi8, but no one other than BMW has the key to that riddle.
To add even more fuel to the fire, German magazine AutoZeitung publishes a rendering of how an M1 supercar could look like in the future. The computer generated image of the M1 is based on the upcoming i8, BMW’s first hybrid sportscar with the performance of an M3 and the fuel economy of an hybrid.
Recently our own Shawn Molnar dove into the topic of supercars and what makes a car earn that title. Opposite Lock: BMW’s M6 – Can we call it a Supercar?
In an interview published last year, Albert Biermann, head of product development at M, the performance division would like to develop its own car in the future. “From an engineering perspective we have the skills and we’d love to do it,” said Biermann to InsideLine. “We’ve discussed it several times but we’ve never been able to make the business case. Everything we do has to make money.”
Furthermore, Biermann said that M is ready to adapt to the development of alternative powertrains, such as electric vehicles. “Our job is to sell emotion and fun, using the technology that’s socially acceptable at the time. Whether that’s a combustion engine or an electric motor, we don’t care.”
As we mentioned in the past, there is still some chatter going on within the M division and we heard that the plan of building a new M supercar remains on the decision table.
So what do you think of the rendering below?