In 2016, BMW will celebrate 100th years of its existence and this presents an unique opportunity to wow the fans and customers. Most likely BMW will launch a commemorative concept that will showcase the greatest and latest advancements in technology, design and materials.
Rumors around a BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now and we even learned that BMW design team had sketches and a potential clay models designed as well, but board buy-in has been a challenge.
The magazine says the project name is Silk Road 2 which includes the proposed BMW Z7 and Lexus ZC/ZR as cutting-edge sports cars which will cost around €90,000, or £73,000. Apparently this is different from the first BMW-Toyota sports car project already confirmed by Munich. The two companies are co-developing a pair of front-engined BMW Z4/Toyota GT86 replacements, due around 2017.
CAR says the sports cars are already under development and will break with tradition in more ways than one.
This will be the first mid-engined mainstream two-seater for both brands – as well as the first plug-in hybrid sports car with a six-cylinder engine.
According to an insider, it was BMW who pushed for this car ever since it was clear that the proposed 630bhp carbonfibre M8 would be grounded to keep the road clear for the i8.
The BMW supercar is rumored to appear in late 2018 or early 2019 and it will be developed in Munich.
Common components for the two cars are believed to include a twin-turbo engine, a super-swift seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine, supplementary 150bhp e-motor and performance batteries packaged between the seats.
The aggregate power output would be in the 400 to 500bhp bracket for a kerbweight under 1650 kilos. How fast could they be? Porsche 911 fast.
As we approach the BMW centenary, we expect to learn more about the propose project.