2024 BMW i8 M – What We Know So Far – BMW’s current i8 may not be a sporting success, but that hasn’t discouraged the German luxury company from developing expensive hybrid sports vehicles. BMW’s Vision M New concept from the middle of 2022 is evidence that development of the next i8 is underway; we’re fans of naming it the i8 M, given that it should represent a significant performance upgrade over the current model. The i8 M will be different from the model it will eventually replace because it will have a lot more power, a more extended range on electric power alone, a new look, and a better chassis.
In 2024, BMW will release a brand-new version of the i8 M (or whatever they decide to call their next-gen hybrid sports car). As the release date for the vehicle, which is expected to be in 2023 as a 2024 model, gets closer, we hope to learn more about it.
2024 BMW i8 M Redesign
It isn’t easy to provide a model recommendation without knowing the exact configuration of the i8 M and the alternatives that may be made available. In keeping with the current model’s portfolio, we anticipate that the i8 M will be available in both a coupe and a convertible configuration. The i8 was revolutionary when it was released, and its low profile and two-tone paint job continue to fascinate now. Those beautiful buttresses and the butterfly doors are sure to impress any visitor. The roof is made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, which goes well with the 20-inch bi-color light-alloy wheels that add to the dramatic look of the car.
The i8’s dimensions add to its low and wide stance: It is 184.9 inches long (with a 110.2-inch wheelbase), 76.5 inches wide (excluding mirrors), and 50.8 inches tall. As a result of the low ground clearance (4.6 inches), extra care must be used when entering and exiting steep driveways. When fully loaded, BMW says the i8 Coupe weighs 3,501 pounds.
We don’t know much about the i8 M’s cabin yet, but we’re crossing our fingers that BMW fixes the i8’s tricky entry and exit by giving the new car front-hinged doors and a lower side sill. The i8 M, like the current model, will serve as a test bed for BMW’s experimental design work, so we can expect it to have novel components and technologies as well as an eye-catching exterior. There won’t be much room to stow things, but a front trunk (or “frunk”) might make an appearance.
After almost three years, speculation over the i8 M’s infotainment features is understandable. BMW’s Vision M Next concept vehicle featured an innovative infotainment system called the Boost Pod. This system gives the driver access to the car’s many features and functions through several glass displays and a head-up show.
Similarly to the current i8, the i8 M’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected to feature an electric motor driving the front reels, a mid-mounted gasoline engine, and an electric motor driving the rear wheels. BMW claims the new vehicle will have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as opposed to the i8’s turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine, and a total system output of 591 horsepower, which is significantly higher than the i8’s 369-horsepower output. This up-rated powertrain will help the i8 M compete with rivals such as the Acura NSX, Lexus LC500h, and Polestar 1.
BMW has been tight-lipped on specifics like battery size, but the company stated that the Vision M Next concept’s electric driving range was 62 miles. The current i8 only has an electric driving range of 18 miles, which is pathetic. BMW’s engineers either found a technique to increase range significantly while maintaining the same energy storage capacity (11.6 kWh) or made room for a much larger battery pack. The latter is almost definitely correct. In the run-up to the i8 M’s release, further details on the car’s battery, range, and charging capacity will become public.
2024 BMW i8 M Release Date and Price
As of this writing, BMW has not yet announced the price of the i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition. One thing is sure: The price tag is hefty. The base price of a BMW i8 is $147,500; the final price will include $995 for the brand’s destination charge, government fees, and licensing and registration fees. That’s more than the excellent Porsche 911 GT3 (which goes for $143,600) but less than the i8 Roadster ($163,400). The BMW i8 M will be available in the United States sometime between the middle of 2023 and the end of 2023, having made its debut at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como in Northern Italy. Production will start in July 2024, and shipments will begin soon after. Only 1,000 units will be made around the world.