At first, when you take a look at the BMW M2 and the i8, you may think they don’t have anything in common. And you’d be right. After all, how could any car – be it BMW or from any other brand – compare to the i8 which is – in reality – a game changer altogether?
The i8 is truly a phenomenal piece of engineering and design, from the sharp front-end to the wings on the rear fenders, everything speaks of the next century. And yet, apart from sharing the blue and white roundel on the hood, what makes the M2 and i8 similar?
Well, we can start with the engine output where the two are being dangerously close. The M2 has an upgraded N55 3-liter inline-6 engine sitting neatly up front, making 365 HP and up to 500 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque with overboost.
That’s enough to allow it to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds with the 6-speed manual transmission and 4.3 seconds with the 7-speed DCT one. Care to guess what car does the same spring exactly between those figures, at 4.4 seconds? Exactly, the i8.
The i car only comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and has almost the exact same power as the M car, rated at 362 HP, with a slight edge in terms of torque with 570 Nm (420 lb-ft), thanks to its electric motor. To differentiate itself from the M2 – not that it needs to – the internal combustion engine of the i8 sits on the rear axle and has only half the displacement and cylinders. Even so, thanks to the electric motor on the front axle, it makes up for it.
So what would a cross between the two look like? Automotive design manipulator Khyzyl Saleem put together a rendering that left us speechless. It may be a bit too extreme for some but it’s interesting nonetheless.
This ‘offspring’ has the i8’s rear bumper and M2’s quad-tailpipes and wide hips. Judging by the four exhaust pipes at the back, a proper M engine is likely to be found under the hood and when it comes to power levels, the sky is really the limit.