BMW is rumored to have reached out to McLaren for a possible supercar partnership.
Automobile reports that the German automaker has approached McLaren for assistance on a halo model, hoping to create a supercar based on the next-generation McLaren 650S.
You see, about a year ago BMW’s then chairman Norbert Reithofer axed plans for a BMW M100 supercar as well as a proposal that would rebody and retool the current BMW i8. The M100 was aiming to be a lightweight supercar with a mid-engine setup and two seats. Powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine, it was going to have around 750 horsepower and adaptive aerodynamics.
Since Reithofer gave it a no go, Klaus Fröhlich, head of BMW research and development, looked to McLaren to help create such a model, one that would complement the i8 and wouldn’t tarnish either brand.
Now, it is believed that BMW will use a 4.0-liter V8 engine with four turbochargers to pack the supercar with at least 750 horsepower. Two of the turbos will be exhaust-driven while the other two will be electric. A coupe model will be priority, although a convertible variant could follow. As for production, BMW is looking at late 2018, allowing it to take advantage of McLaren’s updated platform that will be used on the second-generation 650S.
If all goes according to plan, a concept will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and the production model will be priced well above $225,000 when it arrives dealerships in time to be a 2019 model.
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