Autocar.co.uk is reporting that BMW may be replacing its top performer, the M6, with a new model to compete against the likes of the Audi R8.
The new model will be a V8 powered sports car/supercar drawn from the Bavarian brand's Vision Efficient Dynamics concept. That Vision ED concept came with a diesel-electric hybrid system with 356 bhp (258 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. But that model featured a turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel engine which is hard to envision being placed under the hood of an R8 competitor. That engine may make it to the streets wrapped in a 1-Series or a 3-Series BMW one day, but the new supercar will more likely opt for BMW's 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 power plant.
The 6-Series was always more tourer than out-and-out sports racer, with its comfortable and robust dimensions. This new supercar will also be going up against the likes of the Porsche 911 and the upcoming baby SLS from AMG.
Klause Draeger, head of research and development at BMW, has said that in order to make a car that competitive it will need to be "intelligent and dramatic-looking."