German magazine Autobild is reporting on once again on the previously rumored BMW M100. Built to celebrate BMW’s 100th Anniversary, the M100 is said to be based on the BMW i8 and to arrive next year. This is likely to be the highly-rumored BMW i8S which was mentioned in the last few months.
The report says the M100 will be visually different from the i8, despite being based on the hybrid sports car, and will feature a more dynamic design and it will be sportier on the road. The suspension kinematics have been also redesigned and aggressively tuned springs and dampers were engineered for a much tighter ride.
The much wider tires improve grip and traction, while the correspondingly larger brake add more bite and stopping power.
Under the hood, the i8S / M100 is rumored to deliver over 500 hp and 700 Newton meters (516 lb-ft) of torque. Instead of the three-cylinder petrol engine, a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0 liter engine will be used in combination with two electric motors. BMW uses a new automatic transmission with eight stages from Aisin.
The top speed is limited to 250 km/h and the acceleration to 100 km/h comes in 3.5 seconds.
BMW will only build 100 units of the i8S and it will debut in March 2016. The first cars will be delivered to customers in September 2017.
The price is said to be well beyond 250,000 euros.