Auto Motor and Sport is reporting on a future brand new BMW i9, scheduled to be launched in 2016. BMW will be celebrating 100 years of production of cars and a potential supercar has been looming for the last few years.
The BMW i9 will use the i8’s plug-in hybrid system, but will have more power, a bigger and more intimidating looking body. It will also have a larger and more powerful six-cylinder engine instead of the i8’s, 1.5 litre, three-cylinder engine.
This in turn will allow the i9 to be able to go quicker than the top speed of the BMW i8(155mph), as well as have quicker acceleration. The i8 has been recorded to go from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, whereas the i9 is said to get to 60 in under 4 seconds.
In the i9, there will be a considerably bigger electric battery, which will create more than the 131bhp you will find in the i8, partially due to the new upgraded electric power train.
However, the lightweight materials and construction remain, BMW's top priority so if it comes to life, expect the i9 to feature even more carbon fibre and aluminium parts. The i9 will retain the perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
We cannot wait to see this new i9, with all its new interior as well as exterior designs. The i9 will defiantly be a perfect 100th birthday present for BMW.
By David Carr