Come on, BMW, just do it!

Do you know how fashion is a cyclic affair? What was trendy some decades ago comes back to the highest peaks of popularity? Well, in the car industry, this sort of thing sometimes happens for old reports.

Take the one claiming that BMW is looking to build a rival for the Porsche 911. It was floated on the Internet back in 2016, together with the info that the 6 Series will be phased out to make room for the new 8 Series. So far, only the 6 Series-8 Series swap found fruition, but we’re getting some signals that a BMW-badged rival for the 911 isn’t something Munich will vote against.

2014 BMW 6-Series High Resolution Exterior
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More precisely, BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk had a chat with U.K.’s Autocar and admitted that a 6 Series-badged rival for the esteemed Porsche 911 is “a nice idea” and that “maybe we [BMW] should work on that.”

Now, don’t get your hopes up, but here’s the thing. We don’t believe in coincidences, however, it was only recently that in Supercar Blondie video, BMW’s Domagoj Dukec stated that BMW could build the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, provided the right buyer profile existed. At the same time, we’re not the kind to weave future plots that might never materialize, but hear us out: what better car to do battle against the 911 than one that pays its respects to one of BMW’s most successful race cars, itself based on the rare gem that is the 3.0 CSL?

A BMW Rival For the Porsche 911 "Would Be a Nice Idea"
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage, although just a prototype for now, is also properly set up to take on the 911. A 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six assisted by an e-motor cranks out in the region of 500 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic borrowed from the BMW 4 Series. And let’s face it: the 6 Series never benefited from the lightness and nimbleness required to beat the 911, but something closely related to the Hommage R concept might bag those attributes.

2020 Porsche 911
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For the sake of the argument, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S has a 3.0-liter flat-six slapped with two turbos for a grand total of 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels through a PDK transmission. Take a look again at the power rating: it’s not far from the BMW concept’s figures, is it?

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S specifications
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 191 mph PDK
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.5 sec PDK / 3.3 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono)

Of course, the topic of a 911-rivalling sports car, especially coming from BMW, is a hot topic regardless of how you look at it, so we’ll definitely keep an eye on this one in the future.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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