There have been many speculations about the BMW’s new hybrid supercar. And how it seems, we are soon hoping to see the all-new 2018 BMW i9. Like you probably know, the BMW carmaker planned to present it back in 2016 for its 100th anniversary. However, those plans haven’t come true. So, we should also take it with reserve this time as well.
The upcoming i9 will stand above the i8 and will essentially represent a plug-in hybrid vehicle. However, it is still not sure how the German’s newest supercar will look like exactly. Some reports suggest that it is going to be based on the i8 model but of course there will be some modifications in its styling. On the other hand, in the engine department, the new i9 should get revised engine used in the i8. The i8 can develop 129 horses while the i9 is expected to make twice more at least. However, we are not sure if it will get an upgraded battery as well.
The main rivals of the new BMW i9 will include Audi R8, BMW i8 and Mercedes AMG GT.
2018 BMW i9 engine and performance
Like we have previously mentioned the 2018 BMW i9 should get an upgraded version of the engine used in the smaller sibling i8. So, the i9 will get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain under its hood. The engine in the i9 is able to make 129 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit but to make the i9 twice stronger, the German automaker will most likely replace it with a stronger unit. So, we assume that it could be a 3.0-liter V-6 used in the M4 combined with an electric motor. This unit is able to make 357 hp and the torque of 420 pound-feet and even more. However, the BMW will most likely upgrade it so it could deliver 500 horses and 550 pound-feet of torque.
The engine will probably pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, we still don’t know if the i9 will get an upgraded version of the lithium-ion battery used in the i8 which can provide an all-electric range of 23 miles. As well, the i8 model can reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, so we expect similar numbers for the upcoming i9. Its top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to the exterior design of the 2018 BMW i9, there are still no any official photos, but reports indicate that it will get similar design as the smaller i8. However, the i9 will look even more aggressive. Furthermore, despite the larger engine under its hood and larger size, the i9 will feature similar weight as the i8 because of the usage of lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber in its design.
Speaking of the interior, unfortunately, the Company hasn’t revealed any precise information. However, we can expect only the best from the German manufacturer.
Release date and price
The exact date of the arrival of the 2018 BMW i9 is not yet revealed. It is the same with the price, but we expect it to be around $135,000.