BMW celebrates its 100th birthday next year and for months the rumormill churned out that the Bavarians might be preparing a supercar with a high-displacement engine under the hood. But apparently those are just rumors and the company has no plans for a conventional supercar.
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“We’re not going to build a super sports car powered by a heavy V8 or V10 engine,” affirmed Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s chief of development, in an interview with German magazine Auto, Motor, Und Sport.
But not all hope is lost. While BMW is not preparing the supercar-type of car we all dream of, the companies might be unveiling a new BMW i8 model – likely i8S – positioned above the current hybrid sportscar. Fröhlich hinted a high-performance flagship coupe powered by an all-electric drivetrain might arrive in the future, just not in time for the centennial celebration.
The BMW chief of R&D says the battery technology hasn’t reached a point where an electric supercar is feasible, but that might change in the near future. BMW is already working on the next-generation battery pack which will debut in a refreshed i3 in 2016.