Critics and fans have been contemplating the possibilities of any potential future variants of the BMW i8 since the car was first introduced. Some believed and still believe a droptop i8 is going to happen, while a more powerful version was said to be in the works. Keep in mind though, BMW turned down any integration of the M and i brands, so no, there won’t be an i8 M any time soon.
However, speaking of the latter, a more powerful version of the i8 may have been spotted in test mule form recently, in some photos caught by spy photographers for Motor1. The most prominent detail spotted on this test mule are the obvious vents on the rear engine bay window, which implies the need for greater cooling efficiency. This need could be warranted from a larger and more powerful powertrain, or even a larger gas engine.
Some larger brakes were even spotted, suggesting the car has to cope with greater speeds.
Right now, the i8 makes do with a not-so shabby 1.5L turbocharged gas engine and electric motor combination, with a six-speed automatic to produce as much as 420hp. Rumors abound for the more powerful version suggest the use of either BMW’s latest 2.0L turbocharged four-banger with 320hp or perhaps Bimmer’s 3.0L twin-turbo inline six with 480hp.
Regardless of what happens, a more powerful i8 is anticipated to happen in lieu of the company’s centenary commemoration.
– By: Chris Chin