Just a few months ago Automobile Mag was saying the M8 was back on the table as well and now suddenly CAR jumps in like it is a game of musical chairs and breaking news. Fact is there is no official word and right now all we have is wishful thinking.
So let's say BMW changed its mind and an M version of the i8 is coming. Well, calling it the M8 makes a lot of sense due to the M1 nomenclature controversy. So, M8 avoids stirring up any drama with M purists and the classic M1 supercar that was the first true M car.
With the batteries and electric motors out of the way, this car would actually be a lightweight. The i8 is currently targeting a 3300 pound range curb weight so without the hybrid drivetrain perhaps 150 or even 200 pounds could be shaved off despite the larger and heavier gasoline motor that would be used instead. 3150 pounds and 600 horses from a twin turbo M V8? Where do I sign?
This all sounds almost too good to be true. An M version of the i8 makes all the sense in the world though when so much time and money has been invested in the i8. All it would take is new chassis tuning (hmmm, wonder if this guy could do it?), a higher output S63TU from the M5/M6, and the green light from the BMW board.
Do it BMW, just do it already. Show the world you still have some backbone and can still build the Ultimate Driving Machine.