2024 BMW i8M Coming With 600HP Powertrain
2024 BMW i8M – The I8 M is BMW’s next-generation hybrid sports car that will be all-new for the 2024 model year. We look forward to finding out more as we approach the car sales date, expected around 2023 as a 2024 model year.
BMW is working on a follow-up to the i8 plug-in-hybrid halo car, which in itself never really lived up to expectations. Previewed by the 2019 BMW Vision M Next concept car, this as-yet-unnamed replacement (we call it the i8 M) should emphasize performance than its predecessor.
2024 BMW i8M
Following in the footsteps of the i8, the supercar will have an electric front axle and combine a turbocharged gas engine with an electric motor in the rear axle.
But here, you’ll find inline-four, not i8’s inline-three. In addition, the battery will allow at least 60 EV miles to drive between charges.
The combined output will flirt with 600 ponies, so it should address anyone’s concerns about the i8 M having a motor to support its M1 appearance.
After BMW sold most of its interests in the Washington carbon fiber plant, reports indicated there would be no more carbon-bodied Bimmers.
We suspect the report is false. Instead, the evolution of the i8 carbon-fiber tub seems inevitable, as the concept showcases unpainted composite sills and trims. In addition, BMW may mix some structural metals.
Increased power and greater emphasis on driving excitement will help the i8 M compete with other hybrid sports cars such as the Acura NSX and Polestar 1, and even nonhybrids such as the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Of course, BMW can install low-roll rubber on this one as well, as happened with the i8, but we’re pretty sure the company has learned that lesson.
BMW i8M Fuel Economy
The EPA has not tested the i8 M or released its fuel consumption estimates — this is not surprising because the car does not yet exist.
However, in addition to improving electric driving distances, we expect the i8 M to offer a slightly better fuel economy rating than the current i8, despite anticipated improvements in acceleration and driving performance. For more information on the i8 M fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
2024 BMW i8M Interior
Little is known about the i8 M cabin so far, but we expect BMW to address the difficult i8 entry and exit issues by equipping the new car with front-hinged doors and lower side thresholds to make the interior more accessible.
Like today’s cars, the i8 M will be BMW’s playground for future styles and should feature unique materials, cutting-edge features, and eye-catching designs.
Storage and cargo capacity will most likely remain limited, but front baggage can provide additional luggage space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A lot could change in the world of in-car infotainment in over three years, so the details of what might be on offer on the i8 M are anyone’s guess.
In the Vision M Next concept, BMW exhibits futuristic infotainment that the company calls boost pods; consists of several glass screens and head-up displays to give the driver access to car-related information and in-vehicle entertainment features.
Given that the i8 M is still a few years away, perhaps more advanced driver assistance features will be featured, including a true autonomous driving system.
For more information on the i8 M crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and insurance institute for highway safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features are most likely to include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection;
- Standard lane departure warning with lane maintenance assistance;
- Adaptive cruise control available with semi-autonomous driving mode.
BMW threw a lot of money into carbon fiber expertise and built the processes that helped create the i3 and i8.
Although automakers are selling Washington’s carbon fiber facilities, i8 carbon will evolve with the i8 M, a trust-based in part on Vision M Next that brings a lot of structural carbon to the making.
On the outside, vision M Next adopts a wedge shape much more like the M1, with the i8 evolving, including a horizontally split rear fender, plus contrasting textures and colors intended to convey the i8 line the front fender and side sills to the rear deck.
Designers may carve out the right parts that don’t require two hidden towing tabs, two people, and two screwdrivers to operate as well.
2024 BMW i8M Price
The price of the 2024 BMW i8M is expected to start at $160,000.