BMW is about to celebrate their 100th anniversary and the rumor mill has been suggesting the automaker will mark the milestone by unveiling an all-new supercar.

BMW is about to celebrate their 100th anniversary and the rumor mill has been suggesting the automaker will mark the milestone by unveiling an all-new supercar.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth according to BMW development boss Klaus Fröhlich.  Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Fröhlich said the company will not be celebrating their anniversary with a "super sports car" that has a V8 or V10 engine.

Despite putting a kabash on the rumors, Fröhlich wouldn't entirely rule out a new sports car.  As he explained, an electric supercar is a possibility but given the major leaps that are expected in battery technology in the coming years it might be better to wait awhile. 

The decision to wait would allow BMW to use smaller and lighter batteries if they decide to build an electric supercar in the future.  This isn't what many people expected but Fröhlich said he doesn't want to be driving a sports car that feels like a two and a half ton truck.

In the meantime, anyone looking for a fast BMW will have to settle for the eco-friendly i8 or one of the company's familiar M variants.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport

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