Revealed: BMW i16 supercar that never went into production

Revealed: BMW i16 supercar that never went into production

ABU DHABI: There has not been any car that can be called the BMW M1’s true replacement, but it appears that the German automaker had one in development – the i16. However, BMW decided to scrap the idea of a supercar and started focusing on the creation of the XM hybrid SUV. Recently, Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s design chief shared a photo on Instagram providing a rare glimpse into how the i16 could have appeared.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Why was the production of the BMW i16 halted?

    The production plans for the BMW i16 were dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Which car did the BMW i16 plan to succeed?

    The BMW i16 was being produced as the i8 electric sports car’s successor.
  • BMW i16

    The BMW i16 was being produced as the i8 electric sports car’s successor and evolved from the 2019 Vision M Next show car, attracting the attention of BMW enthusiasts. With innovative design merged with classic elements, the i16 aimed to be better than the iconic M1. Despite the complete development of the i16 in less than 12 months, production plans were dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    BMW i16

    The BMW i8 was introduced in 2014 and it stood at the forefront of BMW's EV lineup until its discontinuation in 2020. This led to the development of new EVs like the i4, iX3 and iX. Throughout the production run of the i8, 165 units were sold at USD 148,495 (approximately AED 545,377.86). 

    A plug-in hybrid system combined with an electric motor and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine powered the BMW i8. It produced a total output of 356 bhp enabling the car to complete the century sprint in just 4.3 seconds.

    While we’re sad that the BMW i16’s production was halted midway, we appreciate automakers sharing photos and sketches of their canceled projects rather than hiding them.

    Also read: Mercedes-Benz and BMW collaborate to build a supercharging network in China

    BMW Car Models

    • BMW 5 Series Sedan
      BMW 5 Series Sedan
    • BMW X1
      BMW X1
    • BMW 1 Series 5 Door
      BMW 1 Series 5 Door
    • BMW 4 Series Coupe
      BMW 4 Series Coupe
    • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
      BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
    • BMW Z4 Roadster
      BMW Z4 Roadster
    • BMW 3 Series Sedan
      BMW 3 Series Sedan
    • BMW X4
      BMW X4
    • BMW 7 Series Sedan
      BMW 7 Series Sedan
    • BMW 8 Series Convertible
      BMW 8 Series Convertible
    BMW Cars Price

    Don't Miss

    You might also be interested in

    Latest BMW I8 Car Videos on Zigwheels

    Watch BMW I8 Car Videos

    Compare & Recommended

    Bentley Continental
    Aston Martin Vantage
    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
    Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
    Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
    AED 623,900 - 828,000
    AMG GT Price
    Porsche 911
    Porsche 911
    AED 461,100 - 1.15 Million
    Porsche 911 Price
    Automatic
    -
    Automatic
    Automatic
    AT
    -
    -
    4663
    3998
    2981
    641Hp@5000-6000rpm
    -
    455
    462
    380Hp/6500Rpm
    4
    -
    4
    2
    4

    Trending Coupe