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BMW plots supercar to take on McLaren

Wednesday 02/January/2019 - 01:48 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Rabea Yehia
AUTOCAR Magazine reported that BMW is actively considering introducing a flagship super-sports car to its line-up. The McLaren 570S-baiting package would bring together the brand’s advancements in electrification، light-weighting and new materials.

The i8 is currently BMW’s principal electrified sports car، with the new 8 Series becoming the more traditional flagship GT. Autocar understands a direct replacement for the i8 is unlikely، although BMW has yet to confirm this publicly.

A new super-sports car would take inspiration from the i8 and could serve as an indirect replacement. However، it would have a higher price point and more power and sit at the top of the M performance division's line-up.

Klaus Fröhlich، the BMW board member responsible for product development، hinted that the super-sports car is in the works. “If you are an engineer، once in your life، you want to make a super-sports car،” Fröhlich told Autocar. “I think partial electrification will enable that.

Klaus Fröhlich، the BMW board member responsible for product development، hinted that the super-sports car is in the works. “If you are an engineer، once in your life، you want to make a super-sports car،” Fröhlich told Autocar. “I think partial electrification will enable that.


Klaus Fröhlich، the BMW board member responsible for product development، hinted that the super-sports car is in the works. “If you are an engineer، once in your life، you want to make a super-sports car،” Fröhlich told Autocar. “I think partial electrification will enable that.

“If we have these very compact and very powerful electric driving units، if we have a carbonfibre chassis – for example، the i8’s – and if we still have high-performance engines، then، if you do it cleverly، you can combine them into a real performance package.”

He continued: “If you look at the supercars – the McLarens، the Ferraris – beyond 2020، they will be all partially electric. And if you look at power plug-in hybrids we are planning for today، an electric motor in our PHEVs has a little bit more than 99bhp and 184lb ft of torque.”


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