Auto Motor und Sport is reporting on a future BMW i9 due to launch in 2016. In the same very year, BMW is celebrating 100 years of existence and rumors around a potential halo/supercar have been floating around for years.
BMW i9 would be based off the i8 hybrid sports car with more power and a beefier appearance. Still featuring a plug-in hybrid, the BMW i9 is said to forgo the 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine in favor for a larger one and with more power.
Furthermore, the i9 would also get a bigger electric battery which will generate more than the 131 hp found in the i8.
Lightweight materials and construction remain top priorities for BMW so if it comes to life, expect the i9 to feature even more carbon fiber and aluminum parts. The i9 will retain the perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
From 0 to 100km/h, the BMW i9 is rumored to run in under 4 seconds and with a top speed above 155 mph.
While we do believe that BMW will prepare something special for this unique opportunity to showcase to the world its sporty DNA, it’s still a big question whether BMW has the room to build a car above the i8 which will essentially feature just more power and a fresher design. And you can also forgo a six-cylinder engine in the hybrid setup given the chassis’ transverse engine layout.