On the prospect of a new BMW M1 based on the company's new i8 hybrid, the jury has been in and out so much that we can't even tell which way it's likely to go. However, the latest reports coming in from Germany suggest that BMW may have something else up its sleeves. Rather than make a conventional gas-powered version of the i8, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport says BMW will make a more powerful one.

Tentatively dubbed i9, the hybrid sports car is rumored to pack a six-cylinder internal-combustion engine instead of the i8's turbo three. Coupled to more potent electric motors, it would figure to produce even more than the 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque already on tap in the i8, with further weight reductions to offset the bulkier engine.

Auto Motor und Sport says the mooted model will be produced to celebrate the Bavarian automaker's 100th anniversary and eclipse the i8's performance, with a projected 0-60 run in under four seconds en-route to taking the gloves off to crunch the Autobahn in electric bliss. The new i flagship would be another member of the company's growing electrified family, joining the existing i3 hatchback, upcoming i5 minivan and possible i8 Spyder down the line.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 5 Months Ago
      How about a new M1 to celebrate their centenary?
      hebertd106
      • 5 Months Ago
      So the i9 will be a four door? right?
      DMW2315
      • 5 Months Ago
      I work for BMW and I bleed blue, black and white. We ARE the best automotive brand in the world (having spent 5-years with Mercedes-Benz) but enough is enough. I can't stand the fact that we do not have a proper supercar that competes with the Mercedes SLS / GT AMG and the Audi R8 V10. The simple answer would literally take the i8, hand it over to our ///M Division and let them go to work with a gasoline-fed internal combustion engine and a chassis to match. A modified 4.4L V8 in the M5/M6 with 600+ horsepower and less than 3,200-lbs using our knowledge of weight-savings in the i8 would make even Mercedes-Benz and Audi gush. Taking an i8 and giving it more power and calling it an "i9" is an embarrassing way to celebrate our centenary and the easy way out. BMW needs to come out with something special. The M1 was a revelation. Take the i8 and create a new M1 successor called the M8 or M10. To my bosses over in Germany at BMW AG, please don't let me down!
        danfred311
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DMW2315
        If BMW is best, then who the eff is Tesla Motors? it's that kind of stupidity that makes you lose all credibility. Tesla leads, you obtuse simpletons follow. SLS doesn't matter. It's a dumbass car based on the dumbass Dodge Viper. It hardly gets more moronic than that. Only Nascar pickup trucks.
          DMW2315
          • 5 Months Ago
          @danfred311
          @ danfred311 - I have all the respect in the world for Tesla and what Mr. Musk has done but they are a small glint in the rear-view mirror. You think because of one successful model that put Tesla on the map it has earned the respect, legacy, and heritage of a company like BMW? Half of Tesla’s sale of the Model S is a mere fad of customers looking for the newest product on the block. Like a kid waiting in line for the next iPhone. Perhaps someday they will grow in to the empire that BMW is today and I hope that they do. Competition is great for every auto maker as it denies companies from resting on their laurels and being complacent. BMW's i3 and i8 are, in their own right, just as a phenomenal product (if not more) as the Model S but in a very different way. Referring to the SLS in my above comment has NOTHING to do with Tesla. It has more to do with the fact that BMW does not have a proper supercar to compete with the likes of the SLS since this article states that BMW will be coming out with an “i9” model and categorized as a supercar. And please do not reply to tell me that the Tesla is a supercar. Far from it. Let me know when you see a customer take a Tesla on a race track or Tesla develop a racing program where their models compete around the world on the most famous circuits and the best drivers piloting behind the wheel. You sir (or ma’am), have lost all credibility but not sure you had any to begin with judging by your attack on my post.
          Lachmund
          • 5 Months Ago
          @danfred311
          Dan...your posts get more and more delusional. I'm concerned.
          danfred311
          • 4 Months Ago
          @danfred311
          how is it delusional?
      HVH20
      • 5 Months Ago
      No, they aren't planning an i9. But they are working with Toyota on a new Supra and those really like turbo 6's.
      adb12
      • 5 Months Ago
      I call shenanigans. BMW has already said there won't be a hotter version of the i8 (http://www.imotortimes.com/bmw-i8-performance-model-execs-say-no-hotter-variant-31352)--which is exactly what this sounds like. Second, I seriously doubt you could fit the BMW L6 transversely (which is how the L3 is mounted), which means tearing up the architecture. Third, the structure is almost completely carbon fiber and aluminum--where are you going to cut more weight?
        Lachmund
        • 5 Months Ago
        @adb12
        There won't be a hotter version. The i9 will be a different car which is much more of a supercar than a sportscar.
      Ross
      • 5 Months Ago
      More likely to just make a M1 for the centennial using the carbon tech from the i8. An i9 would be a sedan anyway.
      GreenDriver
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think it would be cool if they borrowed a page from their own i3, big battery pack with an optional range extending generator. I doubt they would be able to base it on the i8 architecture but a plug-in BMW super car with substantially more ev range than the 25 miles found in the i8 would be awesome!
      SloopJohnB
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hope they take awhile to sell it because it will cannibalize i8 sales unless there's a huge price discount on the i8 or a huge premium on the i9.
        Pancakes
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        i9 will probably not be as cheap at the i8, it's a massive V6 and a battery and carbon fiber the i8 is actually really cheap for a car with that amount of torque and top speed
          Nathan Dewey
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Pancakes
          I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume it is going to be an inline 6 and not a V6.
          GreenDriver
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Pancakes
          Nathan, I agree. I don't think BMW has ever made a V6. Perhaps they'll use one of their highly regarded motorcycle engines.
        Lachmund
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        The i9 won't just be an updated version of the i8. It will be much more of a performance car.
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