We are reporting LIVE from Auto Expo 2014 and the much publicized BMW i8 electic hybrid supercar has just made its India debut. BMW India confirmed that the i8 will go on sale later this year and here are all the images & details of the upcoming Bimmer.
At the unveiling event, Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “We are on the verge of a new era of sustainable individual mobility and a revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. The BMW i presents a ground-breaking concept with visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, creating a new understanding of luxury that is strongly defined by sustainability. BMW i plays an important role in our future product strategy and as a sign of our commitment to this market, we will bring our revolutionary BMW i8 to India later this year.”
The BMW i8 will be launched in India as a CBU (Completely Built-up) unit by end of 2014 and is expected to cost around INR 1.5 crores ex showroom.
BMW i8 Drivetrain
The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp), is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance. Together, the two units deliver a total of 362 hp, accelerating the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds using all four wheels in the process. Running on battery power, it achieves the top speed of 120 km/h with a maximum range of 35 kilometres. In conjunction with the combustion engine the electric motor takes the e-powered supercar to up to 250 km/h.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for BMW i8 India launch and related details