The BMW i8 is certainly the most stylish and technologically advanced car from the German automaker. The company is now all set to introduce a high performance version of this plug-in hybrid sports car dubbed as i8S. This car is intended to celebrate the 100th birthday of BMW in 2016.
The i8S, also known as Project M100, is currently under development. It is a brainchild of the new program director, Roberto Fedeli, who recently moved from Ferrari. According to Car Magazine, the BMW i8S will encompass a lot of rework including a more integrated carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, larger luggage bay replacing the token rear seats, more diverse material mix, more aggressive suspension, stronger brakes and wider tires.
Coming to the powertrain, the company is currently evaluating two different engine configurations. The first one features a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that generates 320 horsepower assisted by an electric motor with 204 horsepower. The other one is a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine that yields 480 horsepower assisted by an electric motor producing 109 horsepower. Both the engines will enable the i8S to boast over 500 horsepower and 720 Nm torque.
The BMW i8S is expected to go into mainstream production in late 2016, while the sales will most probably begin by the end of 2017.