Update: In a response to enquiries from Motoring.com.au, Frank van Meel, BMW M CEO, has confirmed that BMW is not working with McLaren for a supercar. Neither is any development about the rumoured supercar going on currently, nor does the company plan to start in the future.
“We admire McLaren and we have obviously worked with them in the past, but there is nothing on the agenda,” Mr. van Meel stated.
“The halo car of the entire BMW brand is the i8 and a lot of money and engineering has been invested in it. It will remain the only halo for its lifecycle. It would make no sense for us to put a car above the i8, or even priced near it, that would have the same sort of layout but more power.”
BMW is working on a new mid-engined supercar with a V8 engine, says a report from Car Magazine. The German automaker is in talks with McLaren for production of the new supercar and if it succeeds, the secret flagship model will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, as per the report.
According to the report, Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, who is responsible for R&D at the company, started preliminary talks with McLaren in January. With the production slated to commence in late 2018, the new supercar is planned to reach dealerships in 2019, and it will be most likely be a coupe. An open-top body form is also a strong possibility. Regardless of the body style, the BMW’s new supercar will be based on carbonfibre monocoque chassis of the next-gen McLaren 650S (codename: McLaren P16).
Citing unnamed sources, the British publication says that the new BMW supercar would be powered by new 4.0-litre quad-turbo V8 engine. Out of the four turbochargers, two would be exhaust-driven, while the remaining would get power from electric motors. The advanced petrol engine would churn out at least 750 bhp.
The chassis isn’t the only component that will be shared. The twin supercars from BMW and McLaren will share suspension, steering and brakes. Of course, both companies will tune the car to their customers’ likes. Like the possible rival Ford GT, annual production will be limited to a three-digit figure.