28 Sep '14, 1am

BMW could celebrate centenary with improved i8 - (blog)

BMW could celebrate centenary with improved i8 - (blog)

According to one of Britain’s biggest motoring magazines, BMW is working on a faster version of the i8 hybrid to be released in time for the German brand’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Considering the i8 already has 357bhp and sprints to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and hits the electronic buffers at 155mph, a ‘hot’ version may seem unnecessary, but Autocar has published a story claiming that the new car, rumoured to be called the i9, could cut the 0-62mph time to around four seconds and take the speed limiter away. Speculation says the car will use the i8’s carbon fibre tub but feature more aggressive, bespoke styling features, as well as replacing the i8’s 1.5-litre engine with a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit, and adding a more powerful electric motor. Apparently, the six-cylinder engine is part of BMW’s modular engine development programme and is expected to debut on the upcomi...

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