Britain’s Autocar reports that unnamed sources have revealed the celebratory plans, and hinted that the new model might carry the ‘i9’ name.
The ‘regular’ i8 is hardly a slouch, with a combined 266kW and 570Nm and a 'split' AWD drivetrain.
A turbocharged 170kW and 320Nm three-cylinder petrol engine is harnessed to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic, with a potent electric drive powering the front wheels.
But the i9 will almost certainly leave the i8 in its dust, if, as reported, the three-cylinder unit is replaced by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol engine.
The electric motor would also get a performance upgrade, but exactly how much combined ‘go’ would be available from the powered-up pair is unclear.
The i8 can reach 100km/h from rest in 4.4 seconds on its way to a limited top speed of 250km/h, so a sub 4.0 second 0-100km/h time from the i9 would be a possibility.
While the i9 would reportedly share the same underpinnings as the i8, exterior (and perhaps interior) styling is expected to be more aggressive.
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