Almost a year ago, the rumormill churned out that BMW is working on a quicker version of their i8 hybrid sports car. At the time, a few names were tossed around, including the “i8S” or “i9”. The new i car was rumored to be built for 2016, a celebratory year for BMW and one that’s expected to bring new exciting concepts to light.
This last report comes from AutoExpress who says the revamped i8 would deliver 450 horsepower. To accomplish the task, BMW plans to swap the current 228 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with a more powerful 300 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In the current i8, the hybrid drivetrain makes 362 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque.
With nearly 100 more horsepower available, the 2016 BMW i8S is said to sprint to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds compared to the i8’s 4.4 seconds.
To offset the weight increase due to the larger engine, BMW plans to the i8S with unpainted carbon fiber body panels and a stripped-down two-seater cabin.
To further differentiate the i8S from the normal car, expect it to wear a more aerodynamic body kit, add wider tires and bigger brakes, and offer unique paint colors.
Apparently BMW has been measuring the success of high-priced cars from Aston Martin and Ferrari, and is looking to cash in on buyers who wants the ultimate exclusivity.
You can read more rumors on the i8S in our previous coverage.