BMW is one of the best-known manufacturers in the World so you would expect them to build very impressive cars. For the most part, this is true, especially with their four-door sedans which are among the fastest in the World. However, they don’t have any supercar on the market which is a bit unusual considering that most other manufacturers do. In order to change that, a new car is in the works with the 2017 BMW M9 Concept which has been rumored ever since the start of 2015. This car would make use of the same carbon fiber chassis as the i8 but instead of the hybrid powertrain, it would get a more impressive petrol engine.
The price or the release date is still unknown but considering the market BMW wants to tackle, we expect the 2017 BMW M9 to cost around $150,000 for a base model and up to $250,000 for a higher performance version, similar to what Audi is doing with the R8. The release date will likely be in 2017 for the concept while the production model will follow right after.
2017 BMW M9 Design
In terms of design, BMW will not recycle the look of the i8 but they will offer something a bit more impressive than that. The car will feature a full carbon fiber shell which will make it the only supercar to offer such a feature. This should allow them to design a more intricate design with more aggressive features than the i8. Also, this new design of the body will have to withstand much higher forces due to the more powerful powertrain installed in the car.
Inside the cabin, the futuristic interior of the i8 will not be used. Instead, the 2017 BMW M9 is actually expected to get something a bit more minimalistic with a more refined design and also more premium materials. Carbon fiber inserts and Alcantara leather will be found even in the base model.
2017 BMW M9 Engine
Under the rear deck of the 2017 BMW M9, we are likely going to find the first mid-engined inline 6 since the original M1. We still don’t know the actual displacement of the car but it seems that it will likely be between 3 and 3.6 liters and unlike the M3 which only has a single turbocharger, the M9 will feature twin-turbochargers. This should be enough to offer around 500 to 550 horsepower and up to 550 lb-ft of torque which is going to be routed to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The higher-end model will likely be a hybrid which will use the same petrol engine as well as one or two electric motors that will be enough to get the output of the car to more than 800 horsepower!