how about a low budget solution?
Just take an 116i,its already the real lightweight in the line up,300 ibs less than an 120d and 500 less than an 330i.
Now add their new dual turbo technology.If they can make 9hp/l on a diesel,they can make 15hp/l on a gasoline engine,even tuned conventional turbos can reach that number.Turbo equipment is light,not more than 40ibs and dual turbo has no turbo lag.The 2-door would still have 500ibs less than a 330i,but about the same hp and torque.power to weight ratio would roughly equal the current m3 which weights 600 ibs more.
All could be profitably sold for around 30k,actually it should be even cheaper than an 120d with the high production cost diesel engine.
I seriously think a high performance concept on such a car would work much better with 4cyl turbos and not heavy and costly I 6 engines.
Re: Yes, I am interested!
A 2000 lb car with 200 hp would be infinitely more exciting and alive feeling,than a 3000 lb vehicle with 300 hp,let alone one with 400 hp but 4000 lb!
My dream car would weight 1000 lb, with driver and all the fluids! 100 horses would be then more than enough.
Unfortunately,the current market is already chock full of overweight pretender "sports" cars that try to compensate their fat with extra power and increasingly unnecessary gizmoz *yawn*..
It would be very refreshing to finally get a lightweight sporty car available,at least for the Continent-market,if not for the "rest of the world" ;)