There always seems to be an abundance of rumors surrounding the automotive world. From small changes in current models to completely new concepts, fresh ideas can always be found in abundance. Sure, there are plenty of ideas for cars that have been confirmed by manufacturers and not put into production yet. Take the Porsche 991 GT2 RS for example. We know nothing about it, other than the fact that it's eventually going to hit the streets. But, today, I'd rather focus on ideas that have not yet been planned out. I'm talking about feasible ideas that have been rumored, but not executed upon. Several in particular stick out to me, and I'd love to see them put into production.
One example of what I'm getting on about is a Spyder version of BMW's i8 sports car. When the i8 was initially revealed as a concept car years ago, it was presented in a roofless format. Since then, years of production have rolled on without so much as a mention of that wind-in-your-hair freedom. The i8 has been offered solely as a coupe since its production began in 2014. While the futuristic looking coupe has been a great technology demonstration for BMW, I believe an i8 Spyder would provide the sales figures BMW has always hoped for. Don't get me wrong, I like the i8 a lot. However, it hasn't exactly sold in spectacular fashion. When it comes to mid-engined sports cars, chopping the top has a habit of enticing more buyers. Because of this, I really hope to see a drop-top i8 in the next few years. Seeing a power increase from its 3-cylinder hybrid powertrain would be an added bonus.
Another car I would love to see is a second-gen Tesla Roadster. A while back, I wrote a piece about how spectacular that car could be, and Tesla's advancements in recent times only reinforce my ideas. In case you don't remember the Roadster, it was built by Tesla from 2008 to 2012 and was based on the Lotus Elise. It was equipped with electric motors that, compared to Tesla's modern offerings, weren't exactly astonishing. Yet, even with this now-outdated powerplant, the Roadster Sport could still sprint from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. There's no question that this is a quick stat. But, imagine how fast the Tesla Roadster would be with their modern technology. The Tesla Model S, a heavy, family sedan, will hit 0-60 in 2.4 seconds in P100D trim. Now imagine taking the powertrain from that ludicrously fast car and dropping that into a small, lightweight sports car body. That car would be stupidly, unnecessarily fast. Which is why it needs to happen. If Tesla were to make a proper successor to the Roadster, there's a chance it could establish itself as the fastest production car in the world from 0-60. That idea is very intriguing, and I hope to see it put into action in the near future.
One slightly more ambiguous example of a car I would like to see is a "sub-918" Porsche. What I mean by this is a car that is positioned below the 918 Spyder in Porsche's family tree, yet retains many of the traits that make that car special. I've heard rumors of a car such as this, and I believe that's a fantastic idea for Porsche to produce. A mid-engined supercar, powered by a combination of a 911 flat-six engine and electric motors, is an incredibly appealing concept. Porsche seems to have the market nearly saturated with cars in the price range of $100,000-$200,000. The 918 hypercar covers the top end of the market as well. But that price range around half a million dollars seems to be a niche Porsche still has the opportunity to capitalize on. Porsche's track record in recent years has been nothing short of stellar, so I'm sure their engineers would be up to the task of creating yet another hit.
These are just a few rumors I've heard that I hope will come to fruition. The automotive world is teeming with innovation and unpredictability, so only time will tell if these predictions hit production. Are there any significant rumors I overlooked that you'd like to see on the streets? Let me know in the comments below, and make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty for future updates.