BMW is unleashing a brand-new hybrid based on their popular i8 line – expected to be known as the i8s as confirmed by various reports. The German automotive giant will celebrate its centenary next year. According to CAR Magazine, the hybrid beast is being designed by former Ferrari man Roberto Fedelli, who now heads the BMW ‘I’ division.
According to Digital Trends, the car codenamed as project M100 in Germany, is being “tested with two different drivetrains” in Munich, Germany. The first drivetrain is a magnificent 320-horsepower 2.0 liter gas machine and a 204 bhp electric motor, and the second one houses a 480-horsepower 3.0 liter inline six cylinder engine with a 109 bhp electric motor according to Carscoops.
The i8 line is one of their most popular vehicle lines this year. It is not surprising that they have had to scale up production since its demand is greatly exceeding the supply. It can take easily up to a year-and-a-half to have the i8 in certain markets but with the introduction of the i8s, it will further increase brand recognition.
BMW looks ready to cash in on the i8 with the hybrid cousin i8s in around two years time. It seems like a fantastic way to celebrate 100 years of automotive excellence. This German juggernaut is definitely not ready to shut up shop any time soon, we can easily expect another century of quality-manufactured cars by the industry innovator. The wheels will keep on turning and BMW will surely keep cashing in on all the pay checks!