According to Auto Express, the beefier BMW i8 will be out next year and most likely it will serve as a special anniversary model celebrating the company’s centenary. The name of the car is not known at this point but previous rumors have referred to the higher specification model as the i8S since the M division has already announced they will not be working on this model so an i8 M will not ever happen.
This means BMW’s engineers will be in charge of spicing things up for the i8 which is believed to drop the small 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine to make room for a bigger 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter motor which will develop in excess of 300 bhp. It will work together with the same electric motor and should enable the i8S have a combined output of around 450 bhp so it will be almost 100 bhp more powerful compared to the stock i8.
Despite getting a bigger and heavier engine, the weight of the vehicle will reportedly remain just about the same (at 1,485 kg) as the added bulk is going to be offset by installing unpainted carbon fiber body panels. Moreover, the rear seats are going to be removed and BMW could also take out some of the other equipment inside the cabin for the sake of shaving off more weight.
By packing more power and keeping roughly the same weight, the BMW i8S is estimated to complete the 0-100 kmph sprint in less than 4 seconds so it will be at least 0.4 seconds faster than the standard model. Moreover, it will also adopt a more aggressive aerodynamic body kit, a sportier and stiffer sports suspension, larger brakes and a set of bespoke alloy wheels. Some interior cabin tweaks are also in the works to further distinguish the hotter version from the regular i8 which as most of you know is selling like hot cakes all over the world.
Note: BMW i8 by AC Schnitzer pictured.
Source: Auto Express