Next year BMW celebrates a century of business in the auto industry, and there are plenty of rumors as to what the company has in store to celebrate. One of the most consistent rumors for a centennial celebration is a more potent version of the BMW i8, with AutoExpress reporting that the three-cylinder engine could be replaced by a more potent turbo four-banger.
That’d be about 25% more power than the 228 horsepower 3-cylinder gas engine in the i8 right now, which when combined with the plug-in hybrid system is good for a total output of 357 horsepower. If the gas engine gets bumped up to 300 horsepower, as AutoExpress is reporting, that’d bring total output to well over 400 ponies, and maybe as much as 450. The current setup takes the carbon fiber i8 from 0 to 62 MPH in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 MPH, though with an extra 70 to 100 horsepower, those figures could certainly be improved upon.
Not that BMW really needs to make an improvements to the hot-selling i8. While extra production has lowered waiting times, early buyers were paying as much as 50% over MSRP to get an i8 of their own. Even now, buyers have to wait a few months to take delivery, and if BMW opens the door to even more performance, buyers will probably line right back up.