Despite BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer’s distaste toward sport cars, the brand will likely soldier on with its M1 halo car, now rumored to be called the M8.
Expected to show up in 2016 as a celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary, Automobile reports the car might arrive sharing a platform with the i8 hybrid. Doing so would save considerable manufacturing costs and could stand to turn out a much lighter sports car than originally expected.
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As a car focused on fuel efficiency, the i8 puts a light curbweight high on its priority list, but that could also serve to set the roughly 600-hp M8 in line for serious performance potential.