We've found a lot of like about the BMW's plug-in-hybrid near-supercar. But the engineers at BMW apparently want to build something even more extreme. According to a new report from Autocar, BMW plans to develop a new hybrid, mid-engined supercar that would compete with entries from the likes of McLaren.,
Autocar says that rather than a directsuccessor, the new model would be much more expensive and considerably more powerful. It would reportedly use a six-cylinder engine, instead of the i8's turbocharged triple, and gutsier electric motors. All told, 700 horsepower is allegedly the target. As with the i8 -- and the supercars BMW aims to compete with -- the new model would be built from carbon fiber to keep weight low.
"If you are an engineer, once in your life, you want to make a super-sports car," Klaus Fröhlich, BMW's board member responsible for research and development, told Autocar. "I think partial electrification will enable that."
With the new hybrid supercar is not expected to debut for another four years, we've got a long time for BMW's plans to change. Still, it's an exciting reminder that a future of electrified vehicles does not mean a future devoid of powerful supercars.