Is BMW Going After the Porsche 911?

Reports circulating of BMW creating a 500+ horsepower competitor to the 911

With BMW revealing in recent weeks the direction of the company in the coming years and a new ‘upmarket’ vehicle to the current six-series, the following should not come as a surprise. There is a report circulating that BMW could approve a new vehicle to compete with the Porsche 911.

Targeting the six-series as a true performance car will enable BMW to develop a Porsche fighter that may be powered by a straight-six twin turbo engine combined with two high-performance electric motors, producing a combined 500 horsepower.

The proposed vehicle is rumored to use the CLAR architecture that will be used throughout the BMW model line-up. CLAR, short for Cluster Architecture is an all-new platform for rear-wheel-drive and hybrid vehicles. The platform will be in the next 3, 5, 6, and Series models in addition to the X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7

First unveiled on the new 7-Series and featured in the upcoming 5-Series, the platform will help the 7-Series lose proportions and be 500 pounds lighter than outgoing big sedan. Power to the 911 challenger is expected to come from an inline-six quad-turbo engine, which should be good for at least 500 horsepower. Options will include an air suspension and rear-wheel steering.

The next generation BMW 6-Series is expected to be available in dealers as a 2018 or 2019 model. The challenger to the 911 should be available at dealers around in dealers as 2020 model or beyond

 

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