With the introduction of BMW M9 this German car maker could finally offer one true representative on the supercar segment. We could see large number of luxury cars delivered by this car maker, also, they offer a lot of performance oriented models but the story with M9 could be significantly different since it could be a competitor to vehicles like Ferrari 458 or even the Ferrari 488 GTB.
At this point everything is still in the rumor mill and what we could hear is that this new model could be offered as 2016th version. This would nicely fit into the 100th anniversary of BMW and it certainly would be praised and nicely welcomed by large number of fans. Images offered are only renderings of BMW M9 but they surely look impressive and if anything similar comes to the market we are sure that it will make a serious splash.
Original rumors suggested that drivetrain of the i8 model will be modified for the M9 and that we will be getting another hybrid but this time with slightly more power. It should offer combination of inline six cylinder engine that is helped out by electric motor. With this setup it could push more than 500 hp and impressive 800 NM of torque thankfully to powerful electric motor and huge amount of torque it can offer from 0 rpm. On the other hand from another source we could hear that this car will not be offered with hybrid powertrain and that it will only offer standard engine but the power has not been announced.
BMW M9 Concept
No matter which option BMW M9 brings it is crucial for it to place everything in lightweight chassis and again, the i8 setup could be a great starting point. Huge amounts of carbon fiber would mean high level of strength and low weight that implies that this model could easily beat much more powerful vehicles on both track and in straight line acceleration. Handling will be superb, we are used to get a lot in this segment from BMW but with further improvements and application of lightweight chassis this could be taken to the next level.
If BMW wants to bring competitor to Ferrari 458 it will need to offer more than impressive performances. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph should be done in about 3 seconds while the top speed should be above 200 mph. With these numbers BMW M9 could satisfy most drivers. One of the things that we really liked on these renderings is the fact that one of the models comes with top down, it is unclear if all models will have this option or more likely there will be a convertible version also.
Design wise the BMW M9 is one truly unique piece of art. Aggressive looks and insane curves that are developed to return best possible aerodynamics and performances is something that we can see on images. Everything is unique, from wheels to front part, from grille to tail lights. Newest technology like LED lights on both ends is something that we can expect to see and even on few of those available images there are no side mirrors that could imply that BMW will use cams instead of standard side mirrors. This is highly unlikely since there are still no regulations that allow this so this might be dropped on production ready version.
Interior is equally impressive and even we have only one image of the interior we can agree that it will closely follow the exterior looks when it comes to uniqueness. It is clean and neat, with only few buttons that will allow you to control most functions, plus, there is a large center console display that will bring all the most important details about engine, navigation, climate control, entertainment and similar. Behind the wheel there is a small but configurable screen which we think that will be changed for a larger unit with similar possibilities.
One of the things that are not shown on the images of BMW M9 interior is the paddle shifters. We are sure that automatic transmission will be offered but it will certainly come with possibility of manual control and most obvious choice is to have it with paddle shifters. Since these are only renderings we are sure that production version will come with few more changes in this department.
BMW M9 Price
It is hard to speculate about the price. At this point we still do not know what type of powertrain BMW M9 will bring, total amount of power it will offer and will it be able to compete against supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati and similar. Truly futuristic and very impressive BMW i8 is priced at $136,500 while the price of Ferrari 458 starts from $239,340, expectations are that price of M9 will be set at about $200,000 or slightly higher.