BMW currently offers a wide range of high performance, sporty models. But one thing the Bavarians are lacking is a true sportscar to compete with the likes of Porsche 011. A two-seater high-performance sports car hasn’t been part of BMW lineup for decades now and the topic of a BMW supercar has been beaten to death by everyone.
Of course, some may argue that the Z4M was a bimmer that provided ample performance, style and superior driving dynamics, but it certainly wasn’t a car we can ponder as a direct Porsche 911 competitor.
Ever since BMW axed the Z8, their lineup has been lacking a direct competitor to the 911 and its absence was clearly noted by many fans and journalists out there.
Now, you may ask yourself why would BMW need such a car. The answer is simple; equally to fulfil the void in their lineup and to restore the brand’s image when it comes to sports cars. Kinda what Audi did with their R8.
So we put together a list of six reasons why BMW needs to build a serious competitor to the Porsche 911.
1. Audi R8
One of the most successful alternatives to the Porsche 911 has been the Audi R8. It provided not only sales numbers, but also hyped up the brand’s image. The R8 has all the makings of a 911, high power engines, all-wheel drive and an exotic look.
It comes with diesel, petrol and hybrid variants, with an all-electric version planned to even be released later this year, all delivering enough power to keep up with the 911.
2. Mercedes-AMG GT
Released last year, the Mercedes-AMG GT create quite a buzz in the automotive world. There are currently two models available: the GT, with 340 kW (462 PS; 456 bhp), and the GT S with 375 kW (510 PS; 503 bhp). The GT has 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, and the GT S has 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It has the looks, the power and charisma to attack the Porsche 911 and have reasonable success at it. Just what BMW needs. With a price tag of 115.000 euro, it gets closer to 911 range while also offering a great return for the money spent.
3. Lexus LF-LC
Strictly a concept for now, the Lexus LF-LC gives us a glimpse into what the Japanese manufacturer is preparing for the future. The super duper looking LF-LC features a 2+2 seating arrangement, a somewhat similar layout to the Porsche 911. We can also expect a hybrid engine powering this vehicle, with the horsepower making it a viable alternative to the 911 and other challengers in the same category.
4. Jaguar F-Type
If you are going to purchase a car just based on its looks, the Jaguar F-Type will clearly win your heart right away! The highly coveted British performer is both a street and track-ready vehicle with the exotic looks having its roots in the British car design history.
It is the perfect weekend car, a great daily driver, and a monster on the track, so you can’t go wrong with an F-Type in your garage.
5. Dodge Viper
Yes, an all-aluminum 8.4 liter V10 engine rated at 640 horsepower (477 kW; 649 PS) and at 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) spells ‘Murica all over, no matter how you want to put it. The Dodge Viper is also the epitome of a two-seater that’s dedicated to performance without any compromise whatsoever. And while the Viper won’t beat the Porsche 911 in sheer luxury and appeal, its plenty of power will make you want to buy it.
At around an MSRP of $84,995, it is nicely priced just in the middle of the BMW M3/M4 and the BMW M5. If you are not a customer who will decide on his sports car just based on looks and premium materials, the Viper is just that car that will make you smile on the road.
6. Chevrolet Corvette
The story with the Corvette is similar to that of the Dodge Viper. The Corvette Z06 is powered by a 6.2L supercharged LT4 engine with 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger, which makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. This American muscle car will make you think twice about challenging its driver to a drag race. Or any other race.
While not having the sex appeal of the 911, the Z06 still has all the ingredients for an amazing performance car. Its pure power brutality is combined with excessive performance on the track, witnessed by the Corvette ZR1 thrashing the competition in BMW’s, backyard – the Nurburgring.
While some may argue, including BMW, that the M3, M4, M5 or the M6 are true sports cars, none of these compete with the 911. They may be close in performance, but they all fulfill a completely different role. And sometimes, it isn’t all about performance or track times.
It has been clear for years that BMW needs a supercar and while the economy crisis has put a stop on these ideas back in 2009, it is now the time to revisit the topic. BMW has the heritage, the knowledge, expertise and means to build a true 911 competitor that will blow everyone away. Kinda what Ford has just done with their GT.