Fear not BMW fans, the Bavarian brand may have finally heard your cries. Ever since the debut of the BMW i8, the idea of a mid-engined BMW supercar seemed more realistic than ever. Fans have been begging BMW for such a car ever since, to only have their dreams crushed when BMW would deny a supercar for the future. Well, it turns out that a BMW supercar may be coming after all. And McLaren will be helping BMW build it.
A new chairman, Harald Krüger (who we all hope is doing well) and new M Division Boss, Frank Van Meel have brought new life to the idea of a BMW supercar. The idea was actually previously in the works, before the BMW i8 had been born. The idea was to make a supercar with a carbon fiber tub that would house a mid-engine V8. However, the previous bosses at BMW squashed the idea, claiming that it was too expensive and that it would tarnish the green image BMW had spent billions on trying to create at the time. So after many failed proposals for such a supercar, the BMW i8 was born.
While incredibly impressive and fantastic to drive, the BMW i8 doesn’t quench the supercar thirst had by so many enthusiast, especially the BMW M engineers. BMW’s M team wants to create a supercar and it seems that the new BMW bosses are game for it.
This supercar, not scheduled to hit the road until 2019, will be a coupe at first with a roadster possibly coming later and will be co-developed by McLaren. The British supercar company will design and develop a carbon fiber tub as well as the chassis. Both McLaren and BMW will have their own versions of this joint supercar and they will both be built off of the same chassis, the same one being developed for the P16, McLaren’s next supercar.
BMW will provide the power plant, which is rumored to be a 4.0 liter V8 with four, yes four, turbochargers. Two will be exhaust driven while the other two will be electrically driven, it’s been rumored. This is said to make around 750 hp, which would be more than any McLaren gasoline engine to date.
The two cars should looks considerably different and the chassis is being developed with scaling in mind. The BMW version will have some unique body panels as well as a unique interior with a bespoke instrument panel as well as infotainment. BMW will likely use its own electronics as that’s something it’s a bit better than McLaren at, which is just a benefit of being the larger company.
This is some of the best news BMW fans have heard in a long time. We’re all hoping, with every finger and toe crossed, that this is true and not another wonderful supercar that BMW squashes, like it has so many times. The pairing of BMW and McLaren is absolutely perfect. It’s something that’s been done before and the last time it happened the two companies created what is considered by many to be the greatest road-going car ever made, the McLaren F1. Here’s to hoping that our dreams come true and the two companies can pull off magic yet again.