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Here is the BMW i16 that never saw the light of day!

It should have replaced the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar and become the second model in the M division after the M1, but the Covid got the better of it…

Stop! Stop whatever you’re doing and admire what could, even should, have been the second model in BMW’s M division! Unfortunately, Covid deprived us of it and we had the XM instead… What a shame!

The BMW i16 should have succeeded the i8 and been the second M! But…

The least we can say is that the automotive world took a bit of a beating this weekend. Domagoj Dukec, the man currently at the head of design at BMW, has in fact published some images on his social networks of a model that is quite simply revolutionary for the Bavarian brand, but which will unfortunately never see the light of day: the i16. As its name suggests, this German supercar should have replaced the avant-garde i8 whose production stopped in 2020. Production version of the Vision M Next concept presented in 2019 at the Munich Motor Show, the lines of this i16 also draw inspiration from the legendary M1 supercar presented in 1978. This new car should even have been the second model of the M division after this last one! Domagoj Dukec also describes the body of the i16 as “ a future classic, but with still new touches advancing its design compared to the M1. » We couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019 and BMW decided to launch production of the gigantism and monstrous SUV XMClearly, this illness will have hurt us…

600 hp plug-in hybrid or 100% electric?

Domagoj Dukec also specifies that this i16 should have been based on the same composite architecture as the i8 in order to keep production costs under control. What the German designer does not mention, however, is the mechanics that will be hidden under its hood. Finally, rather behind its occupants since its engine would have been located in the central rear position as was the case in the i8. And since the latter benefited from a 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid with 374 hp and 570 Nm to reach 100 km/h in 4.4 s, the i16 should have done better. At the time of the presentation of the Vision M Next concept, BMW was talking about a 4-cylinder engine associated with 2 electric motors. The whole could have developed a power of around 600 hp, i.e. a cavalry practically twice as high as that of l’i8. All while weighing only a hundred kg extra. As a result, the i16 could have accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in around 3 seconds. We also imagine that BMW could have decided to increase the size of its 7.1 kWh battery to allow its new plug-in hybrid supercar to travel more than 50 km entirely electric. To achieve the same level of performance, or even better, the Bavarian manufacturer could also have opted to install a 100% electric engine in its i16. After all, the Nevera had already proven that a supercar, or even a hypercar, could be fed with ions…

Domagoj Dukec ends his publication by specifying that “nevertheless, we (BMW) will never stop dreaming and exploring new possibilities, and there is always a new project waiting for us around the corner…” Would this mean that a descendant of the i16 could still see the light of day as the third BMW M model? Hope keeps us alive…

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