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When it was initially unveiled, the BMW i8 made a splash. Its striking design and interesting drivetrain piqued interest, but after a detail drought people seem to have forgotten about the Bimmer concept in favor of more tangible fodder.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to believe that people won’t be instantly as hungry the second more information emerges. Most recently, former senior designer at BMW Design Works, Sonny Lim, tried his hand at rendering what the finished product might look like.
The rumor mill from BMW headquarters, according to a company insider, indicates a possibility of a M1-like supercar—but you’ll have to take it with a heaping pile of salt.
Scott27, a relentless forum user and alleged BMW insider, has leaked to the Interwebs that the Bavarian designers are currently considering the idea of a halo M supercar—the spiritual successor to the legendary M1.
“The strategy has just begun and where it is at is a few sketches by the design department and ideas conjured around a conference table,” said Scott27. “We have no production plans yet.”
The potential M-car would be dubbed M-One, a vanguard of new BMWs in the same revolutionary vein as the Neue Klasse 40 years ago. It would feature extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, as well as every technological triumph BMW can throw at it.
An internal sketch shows influences from—unsurprisingly—the M1 Homage concept from a few years ago, as well as the Vision ConnectedDrive. After some senior heads noticed, they suggested more production-friendly elements like a roof and a windshield that actually provides visibility, in order to judge internal reactions. If it’s anything like the M1 concept, those reactions will be positive and retro-futuristic.
Ultimately, even if this entire rumor doesn’t turn out to be a load of fetid dingo’s kidneys, the earliest a BMW supercar could be built would be “after 2015,” says the BMW insider. It would clash with Audi’s R8 as a crosstown rival, but BMW is more likely focusing on environmental efficiency—such as the i cars—than fueling the unobtainable supercar battle.
No word on whether Mr. Scott will find himself out on the street (or worse) in exchange for this Prometheus-like exchange of information.
GALLERY: BMW M1 Homage Concept