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BMW is so high on its just-debuted i8 hybrid sportscar that the German automaker says that there is little need to create and release a supercar version of it. This claim flies in the face of rumors that BMW was going to do just that and create a 650-hp M8.

BMW Group Head of Technology Communications Cypselus von Frankenberg said, “I don’t think that it would make sense to mix these two sub-brands in one car. We have the Ms, we have the i, and we have the BMW, the core brand.”

And, there is no doubt that the i8 is pretty fine all on its own, being a 362-hp hybrid boasting 94 miles to the gallon.

Now that the i8 has been officially unveiled at last week’s Frankfurt Auto Show, it is scheduled to roll onto dealership floors within two or three months.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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