BMW says it’s not building a supercar with V8 or V10 engine

Rumors | December 6th, 2015 by 11
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BMW celebrates its 100th birthday next year and for months the rumormill churned out that the Bavarians might be preparing a supercar with a high-displacement …

BMW celebrates its 100th birthday next year and for months the rumormill churned out that the Bavarians might be preparing a supercar with a high-displacement engine under the hood. But apparently those are just rumors and the company has no plans for a conventional supercar.

“We’re not going to build a super sports car powered by a heavy V8 or V10 engine,” affirmed Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s chief of development, in an interview with German magazine Auto, Motor, Und Sport.

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Fröhlich’s comments crushed reports of a retro-inspired mid-engined coupe as a follow up to the legendary M1 and the-never-launched M8.

But not all hope is lost. While BMW is not preparing the supercar-type of car we all dream of, the companies might be unveiling a new BMW i8 model – likely i8S – positioned above the current hybrid sportscar. Fröhlich hinted a high-performance flagship coupe powered by an all-electric drivetrain might arrive in the future, just not in time for the centennial celebration.

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The BMW chief of R&D says the battery technology hasn’t reached a point where an electric supercar is feasible, but that might change in the near future. BMW is already working on the next-generation battery pack which will debut in a refreshed i3 in 2016.

11 responses to “BMW says it’s not building a supercar with V8 or V10 engine”

  1. 2sfhim says:

    No V8 or V10 engine ? Well thay can still use an inline 6 or a 4 cylinder engine. Their 4 cylinder engines can have up to 270hp, put that in the i8 and it shouldn’t be bad.

  2. Senne says:

    I think it makes sense not to make a supercar with a V8 or V10 engine. A hybrid coupe with an M3/ M4 inline-6 and electric motor for combined output of around 600 hp would be pretty awesome though :D

  3. FilipMPower says:

    So, no heavy V8 or V10. Of course that makes some people sad.

    But then again, they didnt say no V12 :)

  4. John says:

    Why is the i5 taking so long?

  5. Chris says:

    Supercar with four 200 kW electric engines! :)

  6. Icebreakerr says:

    so its going to be V12.. a supercar needs a v8 or v10 or V12.

  7. Icebreakerr says:

    also a supercar come when that battery tech as reached the point when they say yes its time

  8. Andrew Alstadt says:

    No V8 of V10 this is just plain sad. BMW a company that has so much potential should make a super car. This is just upsetting. I am really not a fan of the Eco friendly hybrid cars. There is no replacement for displacement.

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  10. João Resende says:

    The hybrid system of the i8 combined with the I6 of the M4 GTS would make a very interesting car.

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