BMW says “No McLaren-BMW supercar”

Rumors | September 23rd, 2015 by 11
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If you haven’t gotten tired of BMW supercar rumors, you will soon. Just a few days ago the interwebs exploded when CAR magazine said BMW …

If you haven’t gotten tired of BMW supercar rumors, you will soon. Just a few days ago the interwebs exploded when CAR magazine said BMW is working with McLaren to develop a new supercar for the Bavarians. The report said BMW CEO Harald Krüger and new M Division Boss, Frank Van Meel have brought new life to the idea of a BMW supercar. The plan was to make a supercar with a carbon fiber tub that would house a mid-engine V8.

But, it turns out those rumors were fake. For Motoring Australia, the M boss Frank van Meel said the concept was pure fantasy and that there had been no contact with McLaren from anybody at either BMW or M.

“I haven’t had a phone call, Harald Krüger [BMW’s CEO] hasn’t had a phone call and Klaus Fröhlich [BMW’s Research and Development director] hasn’t had a phone call,” he said. The three executives were mentioned in the CAR magazine story.

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“We haven’t made one, either, and we don’t have plans to,” van Meel stated.

The report suggested a prototype would be shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, running on a development of McLaren’s ubiquitous carbon-fiber T16 tub and using a 4.0-litre biturbo V8, before being built in late 2018.

“We admire McLaren and we have obviously worked with them in the past, but there is nothing on the agenda,” van Meel insisted.

“The halo car of the entire BMW brand is the i8 and a lot of money and engineering has been invested in it. It will remain the only halo for its lifecycle.

“It would make no sense for us to put a car above the i8, or even priced near it, that would have the same sort of layout but more power.”

We interviewed van Meel last week and the topic of a BMW supercar came to life again, but the M chief denied once again any plans to build the highly-desired supercar.

11 responses to “BMW says “No McLaren-BMW supercar””

  1. Stephen Garrett says:

    Regardless of where it comes from, BMW’s failure to deliver such a product is simply astounding. This is supposedly enthusiast-geared brand that can make a a business case for a CUV, a fastback CUV, a wagon, a pseudo-wagon hatchback thingy, a sedan, and a 4 door coupe all occupying the same basic size and price range, but they can’t justify a supercar, or even an honest-to-goodness sports car.

    Meanwhile, McLaren just introduced a new model below the 650S, and is working on another one below it, Ferrari is working on a car to slot below the 488, the R8 continues to be a success and more and makers are getting in the supercar game. Sometimes you really suck, BMW.

  2. Icebreakerr says:

    I think BMW M will make their own. he didnt cancel out the supercar he just said its not with mclaren. they dont need mclaren they can do it themsevles.

  3. Z3 says:

    Sorry BMW, I’ll buy Audi R8

  4. Senne says:

    I don’t mind, cause it’s better for their image as a “green” company. They should finally build a super car though! And a hybrid one, with an inline 6 and 650 hp or more ! :D

  5. Seven23 says:

    I am satisfied with BMW-Toyota.

  6. empower says:

    People forget Audi isn’t a car manufacturer it’s a brand piggybacking off parts from the vw parts bin. People are beginning to realise that not all that glitters is gold. Bmw has grown to a group that has relaunched Rolls Royce and MIni plus the i brand, which has spawned the i8 which in this current climate is the perfect halo car. Bmw will build a super car when they see fit. How much money do you think the R8 makes the vw group. It might have a impact on car sales by Association. But that can be lost over night diesel gate. Vw should of spent more money on engine technology instead of pussing into the premium sector with Audi. You can’t just slap a fancy badge on something and call it premium. You have to invest in rnd or you will be found out

  7. Seven23 says:

    I don’t think a partnership between BMW and McLaren would work.Maybe a partnership with another car brand.

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