BMW Is Indeed Considering A More Powerful i8 Variant

BMW is investigating the possibility of launching a more powerful version of its i8 hybrid sports car on the back of customer demand for such a vehicle.

Speaking to Auto Express at the Detroit Auto Show, head of BMW i Product Management Alexander Kotouc said that a possible i8s is currently under consideration.

“I can tell you at this point we are still evaluating it; the i8 is the iconic sports car of the new era”, Kotouc commented. “Yes, there is customer demand for a more powerful version, but it needs to make sense for our brand. You could put a V12 in there and it would be incredibly powerful, but would it still be a BMW i car? We need to find the perfect balance.”

In its most recent form, the BMW i8 delivers a combined 369 hp from its 1.5-liter three-cylinder and electric motor. Kotouc revealed that the existing powertrain can be modified to deliver more grunt, but hinted that a completely different setup could be used.

“There is a customer need and desire to have more power and we will try to fulfill it while also keeping our DNA authentic,” he said.

If BMW does decide to make an i8s, it would follow in the footsteps of the i3s, recently launched as the sportier version in the i3 range.


  • Bo Hanan

    $150K for a 1.5-liter three-cylinder/electric motor (sports car?) will never do.
    BMW should stop toying around, put a V8-Hybrid in it and go after AMG-GT.
    I really hate this dance BMW does with their product. JUST DO IT ALREADY!

    • smartacus

      i’d even settle for just the 225HP 1.5
      triple in there …with no electric motor

  • Bash

    Only if more power means more range.

    • This, i8 were supposed to be efficient beside performance as well.

  • GobbleUp

    So grossly underpowered and overpriced vs Tesla… no reason to own this. Totally missed the mark.

    • Unless Tesla is not yet exist, and that this is technically Hybris.

  • SteersUright

    This needs to look so much sexier at its lofty price tag and it also needs a bunch more power and better handling. BMW has no real answer to the R8, AMG GT, 911, etc. and thats a true shame. In fact, they offer no real sports car period, just overtuned, overweight derivative stuff they call their “M” cars. We haven’t seen a properly exciting and characterful BMW in years and as a prior fan of the brand, I hope they’re able to get their shit together soon.

  • BMW i8S is such a public secret, after BMW toying with McLaren based supercar for their centenary. Updated i8S is chosen because it’s cheaper instead.

  • Vassilis

    Am I the only one that thinks the i8 hasn’t aged particularly well?

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