Rumours and reports of a powered-up version of BMW’s already swift i8 plug-in hybrid sports car continue.
A new report out of Germany this week suggests that the rumoured - codenamed ‘M100’ - will be sold as the ‘i8s’, thanks to its roots in the current i8 program.
According to Automobile magazine, ‘project i’ leaders Ulrich Kranz and former Ferrari executive Roberto Fedeli have earmarked a number of significant changes.
The new model is expected to be markedly more powerful than the 266kW i8 that recently launched in Australia, while wearing a distinctly different look.
For now, the team is believed to be tossing up between two options for the petrol half of the new model’s powertrain: a 240kW twin-turbo 2.0 litre four and a nearly 360kW inline-six.
One of those two would send power to the rear wheels of the so-called i8s, while an electric motor - a key element of the ‘project i’ manifesto - would turn the front wheels.
The electric motor would reportedly produce 150kW if paired with the turbo four, or a more balanced 81kW with the bigger six.
Either layout would reportedly move the i8s to 100km/h in a very supercar 3.5 seconds, easily outdoing the 4.4 second sprint claimed for the current i8.
It is understood that the current design for the i8s would also see the rear seats removed, and the exterior blessed with an even more aggressive design than the regular i8 coupe.
As for price, Automobile claims a 30 percent premium will be applied to the i8s, point to a figure of around $390,000.