Even though the current i8 hasn’t lived up to the sporting intentions BMW had for it, that apparently hasn’t put the German luxury brand off of high-dollar hybrid sports cars. Development of the next i8—we’re a fan of calling it the i8 M, considering it should represent a significant performance improvement over the current model—is underway, and BMW’s Vision M Next concept from mid-2019 is proof. A massive increase in power, a longer all-electric driving range, updated styling, and a more capable chassis are all expected to separate the i8 M from the model it will ultimately replace.
What’s New for 2024?
The i8 M—or whatever BMW decides to call its next-generation hybrid sports car—will be all-new for the 2024 model year. We expect to find out more as we get closer to the car’s on-sale date, which is predicted to be sometime in 2023 as a 2024 model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Without knowing how the i8 M will be equipped or what options may be available, it’s hard to recommend a particular model. We expect the i8 M to be offered in both a fixed-roof coupe body style as well as a ragtop roadster, similar to the current model’s lineup.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The i8 M’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is anticipated to follow the same basic setup as the current i8, which means an electric motor driving the front wheels and a mid-mounted gasoline engine and electric motor for the rear wheels. In lieu of the i8’s turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine, BMW has said the new car will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder; the company also claims a total system output—gas and electric power combined—of 591 horsepower, which is far more than the i8’s 369-hp output. This up-rated powertrain will help the i8 M compete with rivals such as the Acura NSX, Lexus LC500h, and Polestar 1.