Possibly. In theory. At some point down the line.
Pictured: BMW i8
BMW has championed their new "i" lineup as the future of the automobile industry—electric- and hybrid-powered future cars imported straight from tomorrow. The i8 sports car's role in all that is to show that there'll still be room in the future for performance cars, even after the price of gas goes up to a bajillion dollars a gallon; to prove that point, BMW has outfitted it with a turbo three-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels and an electric motor for the fronts. Which is fine...but it's kind of a shame that such a ridiculous carbon-fiber body would be denied serious sports car power.
Well, it may not be denied forever. According to Autobild, BMW is still considering turning the i8 over to the mad scientists at the M division and letting them turn it into an M8. The M8 would be powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 (likely the same one used in the M5 and M6) making around 600 horsepower, and presumably connected to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Thanks to the i8's lightweight carbon-fiber construction, the M8 could weigh as little as 3,300 pounds; stack that weight against that much power, and it seems clear the M8 would be a damn fast car. Try 0-60 in around 3.0 seconds and a top speed of around 200 mph.
That is, of course, if BMW decides to go with that plan. Autobild seems confident, but we've been burned by hopes of a son-of-M1 super sports car from BMW too many times already to be optimistic. So consider us hopefully pessimistic that the M8 will debut in 2016, as reported. [via WorldCarFans, Autobild]