BMW i8 M version improbable due to performance issues

By Peter Chubb - Sep 16, 2013

With the M Sport division of BMW being revered by many in the industry as a perfect harmony between man and machine, we have to wonder how people will see the latest division of the carmaker, i? M is known to the industry and the public as performance, but currently the public don’t know much about i, although we pretty much know it is for efficiency.

When you look at the exterior design of the BMW i8 it is rather deceiving because it looks like a car perfect for the M division to work their magic. The i8 looks as though it is more performance than anything, but that would be a wrong assumption.

There have already been demands to see a BMW i8 M Sport package, but BMW say the two will not go together because of a clash of interest. The main reason is because of the BMW i8 performance issue because it is just too slow to become an M Sport vehicle.

Having said that, it is much faster than some of the other cars from BMW’s range that has the famous M badge. We are a little confused with this claim from BMW, but we are sure they will enlighten us further into the project.

BMW i8 ahead of public release

BMW i8 ahead of public release

However, we do understand when they say they do not want to mix either division because they have different goals.

We would certainly like to see what the M division could do with the i8 and to see if they would be able to show the competition just what is capable, but then again we have to remember getting any more speed from the current technology within the i8 will compromise its range.

Maybe i and M should just keep their relationship close, but not too close?

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  • Maschi

    I’m sorry to say it like that Peter Chubb, but an M version of the i8 would just be plain ridiculous.

    You obviously haven’t understood the entire concept of fuel efficiency and environmentally friendly cars.

    The i8 might look like an exciting sportscar and other conventional sportscars may accellerate faster and perform better. But anyone who wants an M-version of the i8 should probably better just buy a Porsche Carrera 4s or Audi R8 or a Corvette for his money and invest into oil company shares.

    BMW’s engineers in the M brand and i brand should and will certainly transfer knowledge and technologies and cooperate more in the future, but not to make the i8 faster or more sporty, but to incorporate its technologies into other BMW M cars to make them lighter and faster and more fuel efficient.

    The engineers of BMW M GmbH are anything but experts on electric drive concepts and couldn’t really make the electric drive of the i8 any better more powerfull or more sporty. And simply putting a larger combustion engine into the rear would make the fuel consuption and Co2 emissions go up rapidly.

    The i8 can officially claim to consume only 2,5 liter per 100km because the i8 engineers tricked and optimized the cars fuel efficiency wherever possible and because of the regulations how the values for fuel consumption are being determined and the fact that determining fuel consumptions of electric motors is naturally rather ludicrous.

    The low fuel consumption is primarily only due to the fact that it has a relatively small combustion engine in it, with 231 hp, which naturally drastically limits the maximum fuel consumtion in comparison to a conventional 6 cylinder engine with around 362 hp and of course the fact that the electric motor doesn’t consume any fuel at all. But any additionally consumed amount of gas at full throttle dramatically adds to the overall and nominal average consumption if the cars fuel consumption at low speeds and accelerations is 0 or near 0.
    The combination and the finetuning of all the components and technologies in this car and how they all combine and work together are what make the i8 a great car and a technological milestone, not the comparison to other sportscars and the fact that many are even faster on the racetrack than the i8.

    Don’t forget:

    What sense would an i8 make if it officially consumed around 5 liters per 100km?

    – It would just end up being nearly as efficient as modern diesels, simmilar to Toyotas and other more or less common hybrid cars.

    How environmentally friendly would it end up being then?

    And no matter how fast BMW makes the i8, there’s allways a faster car somewhere anyways.