Even if the current i8 hasn’t lived up to BMW’s sporting expectations, it doesn’t seem to have deterred the German luxury company from developing high-end hybrid sports cars. The upcoming 2024 BMW i8 M—we like calling it the i8 M because it should be a big performance boost over the current model—is in the works, as seen by BMW’s Vision M Next concept from mid-2019.
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The i8 M will be distinguished from the model it will eventually replace by a significant increase in power, a longer all-electric driving range, new styling, and a more competent chassis.
What’s New in the Year 2024?
For the 2024 model year, the i8 M—or whatever BMW decides to call its next-generation hybrid sports car—will be completely redesigned. As we come closer to the car’s on-sale date, which is expected to be somewhere in 2023 as a 2024 model, we hope to learn more.
Pricing and Choosing Which One to Purchase
It’s difficult to recommend a specific model without knowing how the i8 M will be outfitted or what options will be offered. The i8 M is expected to be available in both a fixed-roof coupe and a ragtop roadster body type, similar to the current model’s selection.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance are all important factors to consider
The plug-in hybrid powertrain for the i8 M is expected to be similar to that of the current i8, with an electric motor driving the front wheels and a mid-mounted gasoline engine and an electric motor driving the rear wheels.
In place of the i8’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder gas engine, BMW says the new car will use a turbocharged four-cylinder; the company also claims a total system output of 591 horsepower, which is significantly higher than the i8’s 369 horsepower. The 2024 BMW i8 M will be able to compete against rivals such as the Acura NSX, Lexus LC500h, and Polestar 1.
Range, charging time, and battery life are all factors to consider
The current i8’s electric driving range of 18 miles is underwhelming, to say the least. BMW has been tight-lipped about features like battery size, but the Vision M Next concept’s electric driving range is claimed to be 62 miles.
That means either BMW engineers found a way to get a lot more miles out of the present car’s 11.6-kWh battery pack, or they found room for a considerably larger one. The latter is probably definitely the case. Closer to the car’s on-sale date, further details about the i8 M’s battery, range, and charging capability will be released.
Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy
The EPA hasn’t tested the i8 M or provided fuel consumption figures, which is understandable given that the vehicle hasn’t been released yet. Despite an expected boost in acceleration and driving capability, we expect the i8 M to offer somewhat better fuel economy than the current i8, in addition to enhancing the electric driving range. Visit the EPA’s website for additional information on the i8 M’s fuel economy.
Coverage for warranty and maintenance
Between now and 2024 BMW i8 M warranty coverage may change, but if everything stays the same in this area, expect the same warranty package as the current lineup. A separate hybrid-components warranty is a foregone conclusion, and we hope BMW keeps its three-year gratis maintenance plan for all new vehicles.
- A four-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty is included.
- A four-year or 50,000-mile powertrain warranty is included.
- Hybrid components have an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
- Complimentary maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles is included.