BMW i8 Spyder: One step closer to an M1

BMW i | March 31st, 2012 by 9
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With the release of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, BMW is getting closer to hints of a mid-engine, 2-seater, supercar. The stage is set IF …

With the release of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, BMW is getting closer to hints of a mid-engine, 2-seater, supercar.

The stage is set IF BMW wanted to produce a M1 Supercar for the new millennial, and the chassis of the i8 Concept Spyder could be that basis. All it would need is a V8 or V10 powerplant producing around 500 horsepower and the halo Bavarian car we have been waiting for will be complete.

Sure, from the looks and the technology outlined on paper, the i8 Concept Spyder is an amazing car in its standard form, but now that BMW has this amazingly sexy carbon fiber based chassis, why not take it a step further and let the folks at BMW M have their way with it. I’m sure the F10 M5’s mighty S63tu powerplant could be further enhanced and modified to nestle nicely under the rear glass engine cover of the i8 Concept Spyder. Now combine the power of that engine to a 3,000 lbs chassis and the M1 revival could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in supercar territory. And since we already know the M5 is slated for the US with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as the mind boggling fast shifting M-DCT, the two transmission options would satisfy both sides of the performance crowd.

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Low, wide, lightweight, are all adjectives used to describe today’s supercars. After having seen the i8 in a private preview event back in October in a swanky NYC Soho art gallery, my mind couldn’t help think: What if BMW M had their way with this car? They would build what could be the hottest most desirable BMW in decades. Whether BMW AG lets the M Division claim it for themselves or BMW i flies it under their flag is inconsequential to me, but I’m hoping to see it built with all the M treatment it would deserve: low slung front bumper with gobs of air inlets, a purposeful rear wing that could be part of an “Active Aero” package, and arches wide enough to accommodate the necessary rubber to provide pro go kart lateral acceleration.

Brakes could be sourced from the newly released M6 and the carbon ceramic anchors would be able to provide endless, fadeless stopping power while on the track chasing down those pesky Carrera GT3s.

Never has BMW been so close to the perfect chassis as it is now that the i8 Concept Spyder has been revealed. BMW, can we have an M1 revival? I promise I’ll be a good boy from now on, or at least when I’m not on track in my M1.

9 responses to “BMW i8 Spyder: One step closer to an M1”

  1. Johnparke says:

    I really don’t understand why BMW doesn’t think there is a market for a M1. I am pretty sure that the R8 and SLS are doing fairly well.

  2. @m5manny:twitter Great article. How about naming it the M8? ;) The S63tu power plant mounted midway in the i8’s carbon chassis with a motorsport inspired suspension would be one heck of a super sports coupe. Hope BMW / M consider building such a machine in the future.  

  3. Fauzi says:

    yup…BMW should really produce one halo car for us…Audi has their R8, Merc has SLS……

  4. Jennifer Lee says:

    The sound coming from an engine revving to its limits is really music to my ears !
    I have always believed that BMW is very very serious about safety, I used to own a BMW 1 series car in the past and I can tell you that, this car makes you feel extremely safe when driving it !!
    Hyundai Cars

  5. Yeah. Even Lexus has a top tier. Call it iM

  6. Sammy T says:

    Can somebody from BMW listen to all these fellas, i.e. we your customers, fans and bmw drivers for a positive feedback. The i8 if produced is our weapon to attack the Merc SLS , destroy the R8 and the rest. To go green ok do the 3 cylinder or even 1 cylinder but at least allow us the chance to have our eyes and hands on this i8. Let me confess ,I will buy the 1 cylinder i8 and donate that engine to my biker son. Then i will fit a proper V8 and get the worth of this car. Honestly somebody tell me what BMW is waiting for. U can use all the engines in your drawers from 1.6l to 4.4V8 and make all the money u want. what are we not seeing here guys

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