BMW is reportedly making a wild claim: a future all-electric version of the BMW i8 could be capable of producing 750 horsepower and incredible torque.
The disclosure was found by BMW Blog in an article by Automobile Magazine on a future version of the i8 that may be released after 2020.
A new i8 hitting that much power would be more than double the 362 horsepower produced by the current BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. Said ponies come from a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gas engine combined with an electric motor.
The lofty 750 horsepower estimate, if it were released today, would likely be faster than any production-level electric cars on the market, though who knows what we’ll see four years hence? At the moment, even the recently announced 100 kWh option coming out for the Tesla Model S may fall short plus its roughly 5,000-curb weight stands to be considerably higher than the lightweight i8 which in present guise weighs in at less than 3,500 pounds.
The current 90 kWh Model S outputs 460 horses and the Ludicrous Mode with will reach 539 horsepower. The exact power potential for the 100 kWh Model S hasn’t been released yet by Tesla, but based on the battery size increase, it will fall far short of 750.
So how will BMW reach that astronomical level of power? The internal combustion engine in the current BMW i8 will go away, replaced by three electric motors, according to the Automobile Magazine report. Each of the three electric motors will be able to rev up to 25,000 rpm.
Higher capacity batteries will deliver the i8 close to 300 miles per charge. It wasn’t made clear in the article if that means European NEDC estimate or a shorter (and more realistic) range EPA estimate.
Automobile Magazine said that the future i8 will include new technologies, including a road-scanning active suspension, torque vectoring, and four-wheel drive with four-wheel steering.
BMW still plans to roll out the second edition of the BMW i8 between now and 2020 or later with a revised exterior look. The next version of the electric motor is supposed to have a 10 percent power increase, going up to 420 horsepower through an upgraded powertrain.