Report: BMW to Mark 100th Birthday with i9 Supercar

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It’s hard to imagine how BMW could top its i8 plug-in hybrid (pictured), but it may do just that with the i9 supercar, Auto Motor und Sport reports.

We reported in 2013 that BMW had the potential to add more Project i vehicles after the BMW i3 and BMW i8. BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer told us, "If demand for i3 is stronger than expected, we can easily expand the capacity and the i line-up, having trademarked all options from i1 to i9."

The German magazine also reports that the i9 would arrive in 2016 to coincide with BMW’s 100th anniversary. A special milestone deserves a special car, and the BMW i9 will outshine the i8 in a number of ways. For starters, it’ll make more power than the i8 thanks to a larger six-cylinder engine and possibly a more powerful electric motor. The BMW i8 currently employees a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and two electric motors for a combined output of 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. No word if the engine will be a straight-six or V-6, though the former may prove to be a challenge in a mid-mounted layout.

The i9 will likely weigh more than the BMW i8 due to its heftier powertrain, though BMW may attempt to offset those pounds and maintain ideal weight distribution with more carbon fiber chassis and body parts. Auto Motor und Sport estimates that the i9 will run from 0-62 mph in under four seconds, which should be right on pace or slightly faster than the BMW i8.

The BMW i8 is already a stunning looker, but the i9 could stand apart by evoking design cues from the iconic BMW M1. It’ll also be more expensive than the i8, which currently starts at $136,625. Do you think the i9 would be a proper car to celebrate BMW’s 100th birthday? Let us know in the comments below.

It might have more power than the i8. It might(or might not) have M1 styling hints. It might be heavier than the i8. It might look like a frog and burn titanium oxide for fuel. What is there to write about or debate? We still don't know anymore than before reading this story except that the BMW ceo said a car might happen for the 100th anniversary. NEWS FLASH! Mercedes might make a T class that runs on polar bear farts and emits only pixie dust while it might do 0-62 in less than 2 seconds!
Nitesh Vasani
BMW i9 sounds cool...let's wait and watch ...

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