BMW i8S not the i9 rumored to celebrate company’s centenary

Article by Christian A., on October 23, 2014

BMW will celebrate its centenary in 2016 and it’s not the first time when we are talking about a supercar that will celebrate their anniversary. When the first rumors emerged on the Web, the vehicle was dubbed the i9, but today Automobile Magazine is almost certain that the new vehicle will be badged i8S.

The big surprise is that the new project will be spearheaded by Project I team leader Ulrich Kranz and the new program director Roberto Fedeli, who joined the Bavarian company from Ferrari. As expected, the new supercar will be based on the BMW i8 but will arrive with plenty of bespoke parts and our source describes it almost as a new car.

What’s more interesting is that the vehicle will ditch the rear seats in order to offer more space for the luggage. In addition, we will find larger tires, a redesigned suspension and stronger brakes. When it comes to power, the i8S will be more powerful than the i8 and currently, BMW is testing a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp or a more potent 3.0-liter straight-six with a staggering 480 hp.

Just like on the i8, the petrol engine will deliver its power to the rear wheels, while an electric motor will propel the front wheels. On the 3.0-liter engine the electric motor will deliver 109 hp, while on the 2.0-liter powerplant it will develop 204 hp.

A fuel-efficient 9-speed automatic transmission will be used as well as a rear-mounted integrated starter generator that produces 27 hp. Top speed of the upcoming vehicle will be limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h, while the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) will the only 3.5 seconds.

If you don’t know yet, we will tell you that the current BMW i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that generates 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. In addition, the vehicle carries an electric motor that delivers 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque.

The total output of the BMW i8 is 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque. The hybrid system can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph or 250 km/h.

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