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BMW hints at i8-based supercar with 600 horsepower

Development head Klaus Frolich views the i8\'s lightweight chassis as the perfect starting point for a much more powerful hybrid car.

A BMW executive has hinted at big plans for a new supercar based on the i8.

Development head Klaus Frolich is pushing for the i8 chassis to be repurposed for an even more powerful car with around 600 horsepower.

"The chassis is so robust, so good and so lightweight that I would like to use it for a second generation," he told Drive.

The current i8 pairs a three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine and an electric motor for the front axle, with a combined output of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can launch to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and eventually hit 155 mph.

Frolich proposes a switch to a four- or six-cylinder engine and a more powerful electric drive system utilizing two motors for the front wheels, enabling an advanced all-wheel-drive system. Despite the larger engine and heavier electric motors, the car would still have a curb weight under two metric tons.

The i8 was launched in 2014, so it is still a few years away from a major overhaul. The supercar edition has not yet received the green light for production and is unlikely to arrive before 2021 or later.

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