BMW reportedly working on i9 hybrid supercar for its 100th birthday

BMW’s lineup of i cars includes currently the i3 hatch and i8 sportscar.

There have been rumours about a more powerful i8 that could be essentially a worthy successor to the iconic M1, but nothing has been certain.

Latest report from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport suggest that a more potent BMW i9 is already in the works and is expected to arrive in 2016 just in time for the Bavarian automaker’s 100th anniversary.

The i9 is rumoured to use a six-cylinder internal-combustion engine (either straight six or V-6) instead of the small 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo in the i8. Also it would come with more powerful electric motors, producing more than the 357bhp and 420 lb-ft of torque found in the i8.

The i9 power numbers are expected to be over 500bhp, with 0-62mph taking less than four seconds.

In addition to the i9, BMW is also reportedly working on i5 minivan, with the stretched platform of i3.

note: pictured above is the i8.


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