BMW recently introduced a sportier version of the i3, called the i3s, but it looks like an i8s is not in the works. According to BMW, a BMW i8s is simply not planned because i8 buyers have not asked for a more high performance version of the i8.
Marcus Pluntke, BMW’s product manager for the i8 and i8 Roadster, revealed to CarAdvice that buyers haven’t been interested in an i8s. “Customers are very happy with the performance it has. Especially as it is so quick, you know the electric motor’s response is like immediately, like reading your mind, and that is what customers really ask for in a sports car.” He continued, “They don’t say ‘ooh, I need more power’ quite the opposite they say ‘It’s so fast on public roads. I can’t believe how quick it reacts and how quick it is.”
BMW has also ruled out creating a cheaper version of the i8. “If you do a proper sports car – especially a BMW – will always have a proper sports car performance and with the i8 I think it does have that, we will keep it this way,” Pluntke stated.