• Jun 28, 2010
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This isn't the first time we've heard rumblings about the possibility of BMW producing a hybrid sports car based on its Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Now, though, the German magazine Autozeitung report that the new sports car could potentially be named M8, and more importantly, that the plug-in hybrid motor from the concept will be ditched in favor of something sweeter.

Instead of a wholly electric motor, these new rumors suggest that the production M8 will use a version of the E60 M5's 5.0-liter V10, but with two electric motors added on for good measure. These two electric mills will be mounted at the front and rear, similar to the layout seen in the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, and should produce around 150 horsepower, combined. Add the V10 to those whirring motors and we expect total output to be somewhere between 600-700 hp. If this is the future of hybrid sports cars, we're okay with it.

The magazine also reports that the M8 will be about five inches longer than the original Vision concept, and that a two-plus-two seating configuration will be offered inside. If the project remains on track, expect to see BMW's hybrid supercar debut at some point in 2012.



[Source: Autozeitung via TeamSpeed, BMWblog]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So let me see if I understand this - BMW cancels the 5.0 L V10 in the M5 because it is too expensive to manufacture and out of line with their desire to lower fuel consumption and then puts the same motor in a car that is supposed to embody their commitment to green technology?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever. We've been hearing about a new "supercar" for how many years now? Since at least Z8 died (which was a beautiful, but ultimately crappy car). I think BMW is too busy designing new "ultimate" driving machines like the 5GT & the X1 to be bothered with an actual sportscar.

      Audi can make a great new supercar! Why can't you, BMW?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi R8 competitor? I'm interested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i feel like this car looks like some project car rolled out of a small budge scifi movie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      am i the only person who thinks "hybrid sports car" is an oxymoron of biblical proportions ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, you beat me to saying something similar.

        Hybrid Sports Car is a bigger contradiction in terms than a 4-door coupe.

        A sports car is intended to be a pure design, for a singular focus. That focus is not fuel efficiency, but rather mass efficiency, to the purpose of superior handling performance.

        Hybrid drive is convoluted, complex, redundant, heavier than the same car without hybrid drive, and not focused on the same goal as a sports car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's just because nobody has done it right yet.

        Motor delivers max torque off the line, and engine kicks in when motor efficiency drops. 100% torque all the time + crazy awesome engine sounds.

        Sounds like a recipe for awesomesauce to me...
        • 4 Years Ago
        With a little creative engineering, it's possible to place the batteries in a location where it won't affect handling parameters like roll or pitch a ton. (At/near the CG?) Unless they're talking a setup like is in the Chevy Volt, you won't need a ton of batteries anyway, just enough for short bursts of power to augment the engine during acceleration.

        Closest thing to a hybrid sports car that's out there now is the Lexus GS450h. Lexus tuned both the GS and LS hybrids to be more performance oriented, and it shows.

        If you have serious doubts about hybrid sports cars being fast, I suggest you drive one of those...the throttle response at 5-10% pedal is crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Porsche I coming out with their version and BMW is coming out with one too. Its lamentable that Infiniti could have lead this charge with it's Essence Concept car. Such a waste since the car is mote beautiful than Porsche' or BMW's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW Mate
      • 4 Years Ago
      No! No! No! You guys have it all wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this rumored M8 is true, it may be a direct response to the possibility of Porsche vetting the 918 Spyder Hybrid sports car. Having the V10 is interesting though --- it would make sense to include some type of cylinder deactivation tech so when you don't need all the HP & torque the V10 has to offer, it can use (at least) 5-6 cylinders to further reduce fuel consumption.

        Hybrid powertrains are really starting to get exciting as more exotic/sports carmakers have entered the category with their own interpretations of what the future of the hybrid industry will be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see what BMW has up their sleeve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good lord that thing is ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John H. The Countach is a supremely silly, Hot Wheels-esque car. There's a reason it is Dennis Reynold's dream car just as there is a reason why Michael Scott has driven a Sebring convertible followed by a PT Cruiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The BMW is easily one of the best designs to come through in the past several years. It's truly visionary, well integrated, and supremely functional.

        In a decade's time, this BMW will be looked at like the original Countach.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.


        Horrendous
      • 4 Years Ago
      So now instead of 2500lb curb weight and 65mpg, its really going to be 650hp and 25mpg. Concepts almost always end up being a bunch of bs.
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