A Hotter BMW i8 on the way with 450 hp

Rumors | June 11th, 2015 by 8
BMW i8S 750x500

Almost a year ago, the rumormill churned out that BMW is working on a quicker version of their i8 hybrid sports car. At the time, …

Almost a year ago, the rumormill churned out that BMW is working on a quicker version of their i8 hybrid sports car. At the time, a few names were tossed around, including the “i8S” or “i9”. The new i car was rumored to be built for 2016, a celebratory year for BMW and one that’s expected to bring new exciting concepts to light.

This last report comes from AutoExpress who says the revamped i8 would deliver 450 horsepower. To accomplish the task, BMW plans to swap the current 228 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with a more powerful 300 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In the current i8, the hybrid drivetrain makes 362 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque.

BMW i8S 750x500

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With nearly 100 more horsepower available, the 2016 BMW i8S is said to sprint to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds compared to the i8’s 4.4 seconds.

To offset the weight increase due to the larger engine, BMW plans to the i8S with unpainted carbon fiber body panels and a stripped-down two-seater cabin.

Related: 2015 BMW i8 First Drive

To further differentiate the i8S from the normal car, expect it to wear a more aerodynamic body kit, add wider tires and bigger brakes, and offer unique paint colors.

Apparently BMW has been measuring the success of high-priced cars from Aston Martin and Ferrari, and is looking to cash in on buyers who wants the ultimate exclusivity.

You can read more rumors on the i8S in our previous coverage.

8 responses to “A Hotter BMW i8 on the way with 450 hp”

  1. mckillio says:

    I would love to see these options available for the three cylinder as well. Any talks of ditching the 6 speed transmission for an 8?

    • Senne says:

      The i8 actually already has an 8-Speed: 6 speed for the patrol engine and an additional 2 for the electric motor, which combined obviously makes 8 gears…

      • mckillio says:

        Are they really combined though? The gears in the electric motor don’t help the engine run at a lower rpm at highway speeds do they?

        • Senne says:

          I don’t know really… I thought so yes. I don’t really know how it works. But as far as I know they are combined and form an 8-Speed together.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    If they make it a bit more agressive, and they manage to have a good sound out of the 4 banger, then why not ! But the car has to be even better, which is not an easy task (like 1///M and ///M2). Hope they’ll do it well, with maybe another revolutionary design.
    And what if… CSL Concept ? No ?

  3. Icebreakerr says:

    450bhp? that means they have left room for the actual M supercar :)

  4. jason bourne says:

    “To offset the weight increase due to the larger engine, BMW plans to the i8S with unpainted carbon fiber body panels”

    Porsche did something similar for the 918’s Weissach Package.

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