BMW Design Chief Hints That A Supercar Could Be On Its Way

There have been talks about a BMW supercar for a very long time now, and, unlike other execs in the past, the brand’s Head of Design, Jozef Kaban, has not dismissed the idea.

Speaking to BMWBlog at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the former Skoda chief designer, who moved to BMW last year from the VW Group, where he helped pen the Bugatti Veyron, among others, leaves the door open for a potential exotic.

“I came to BMW to help with other thinking, to give them another opportunity to think about [new] things”, said Kaban. “BMW is doing great cars, maybe there is space to dream about the next [new car], maybe something more extreme“, he added. This can be interpreted as a tongue-in-cheek reference to a future supercar.

The spiritual successor of the M1 hasn’t been given the green light yet. Even so, previous reports spoke about possible electrification, as it could be developed together with their motorsport division, bringing some tech from Formula E to the road.

BMW’s supercar would apparently challenge the likes of the Mercedes-AMG Project One. However, it needs to be approved for production first, and one of the execs who needs to sign it off it is the company’s Vice President, Dirk Hacker.

Hacker doesn’t dismiss it, either, as he said, towards the end of 2017 that “if we came to the decision to do a super sportscar, then we could do that”.

Note: BMW M1 shown

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  • Bo Hanan

    Yeah, yeah- whatever BMW.

  • LWOAP

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      It’ll be a Supercar Utility Vehicle.
      BMW’s reinventing the niche.

  • rodriguez256

    Damn the rear reminds me a lot of a 71-72 Mustang.

  • As of now BMW supercar remained off, the last time they close to build one when last year they were toying with the idea of teaming up with McLaren.

    Instead of BMW supercar, for BMW centenary we will get BMW i8S .

    • Bo Hanan

      Wasn’t the i8 originally supposed to be an M1 successor? And if the i8S still has the 3 cylinder 1.5L they can keep it.

      • It’s more like sharing the spirit of M1, but not truly as successor, and as you seen in this site, they have a lot of haters.

        They expect M1 successor to be Ferrari beating Supercar and not the sportscar that is technically slower than R8 or AMG GT.

        As far as I know i8S is evolution of i8 but they have several engine option. What I heard is 4 cylinder 2.0 turbo or straight six 3.0 turbo. I’m not sure if they had freeze the specification.

  • Bob

    Very humble guy this one.

  • Vassilis

    Nooo they finally saw the light?

  • Michelin

    BMW M1 = Italdesign style engineered by Lamborghini !

  • Seven23

    What if BMW make a 2+2 sport car with a supercar design ?

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