Limited Edition BMW i8S to be launched in 2017

Rumors | January 12th, 2015 by 22
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BMW i8S builds atop the lightweight philosophy of the i8, but with a new, more dynamic and more agile design

Late last year, the first rumors around a BMW i8S surfaced on the interwebs. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, BMW plans to launch the M 100 – internal name for the project –  a special “i” car that was first managed by the M division.

According to Autobild, the project is supervised by CEO Norbert Reithofer and is directed by Roberto Fedeli, the ex-Ferrari chief engineer.

BMW i8S builds atop the lightweight philosophy of the i8, but with a new, more dynamic and more agile design. The suspension and kinematics are redesigned and/or tailored aggressive, springs and dampers are designed to be much tighter, providing better grip and traction.

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The aerodynamics of the car have been vastly improved as well with a stabilizing “ground effect” which plants the car on the road. It supposedly weighs around 1,600 kg.

The powertrain has been revised as well. The electric motor now produces 204 hp while the conventional engine is now a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine with around 286 horsepower. A 27 hp from a small electric motor – used as a generator – brings the total power output to over 500 hp. The maximum torque is said to be around 700 Newton meters.

BMW i8S 750x500

BMW uses a new automatic transmission with eight stages from Aisin.

The top speed is limited to 250 km/h and the acceleration to 100 km/h comes in 3.5 seconds.

BMW will only build 100 units of the i8S and it will debut in March 2016. The first cars will be delivered to customers in September 2017.

The price? A reportedly 250,00 euros. Even the final name is up for discussion, with i8S and i8CS being the two options.

22 responses to “Limited Edition BMW i8S to be launched in 2017”

  1. Derrick Rose says:

    wow. this should have been the original i8. looks amazing.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes it does. Hopefully turns out that way

      • Hireplybackpleass says:

        I see this hinting a green light for the M division after this one is out M will make their own im guessing

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      there’s a bit too many flaps on that car for me, but if they tune it down a bit, it will be just right. Altough 250k USD is a bit above my new car budget so it ‘ll never be my problem how would I look behind the wheel w/ all of those flaps around :-)

  2. I_Need_An_I8S says:

    Less of a want, more of a need

  3. Jsson says:

    Why 100 only? Should not be limited edition ffs

  4. Seven23 says:

    What happen to the i9 ?

  5. RuelSpot says:

    Hopefully I will be able to buy one of these bad boys by then…. BMW i8S, beauty in motion…

  6. Seven23 says:

    This is just a rendering just like the last one we don’t have sure how will be.I like this rendering but they say the car would have a large luggage bay and a trunk i don’t see nothing like that in this rendering.

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  8. The Mann says:

    WHY all that Bling… The same car, but a bit more power, dosnt need stuf like that.

  9. wilwoods says:

    I love the design but I couldn’t get past the anemic looking rubber that was on it. I recognize narrower tires give better fuel economy but I wasn’t impressed following it out of a lot. The new version will have the power the original should have had.

  10. chickenman says:

    Where’s the M8?!!

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