beating R8 will be a tall task but im' sure BMW can put up a good fight. however, i dont see bmw making a supercar of any type anytime soon. they talked about it but all got shut down because of the current economic situation and the cost to develop such thing and not likely going to earn the type of return to make a business justification for. i'll believe it when i see it.
bmw will continue to make stupid cars that actually makes money like the X6 (and even more stupid M version of the X6). i think it would be great to put the TTV8 into a mid-engine bmw supercar, now that will give R8 a run for its money. tune it to make 450-500 hp.. man..
hope bmw will prove me wrong and create something worth been excited with.