You saw Tom Cruise driving it in the latest installment of the Mission Impossible series and now you will soon see it on roads.
BMW unveiled the production version of its plug-in hybrid supercar, the i8 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, the company has commenced the deliveries of the first units of this plug-in hybrid as eight i8’s were delivered to customers in Germany at a special ceremony conducted by the German carmaker.
The BMW i8 is powered by two engines – a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery driven electric motor. These two units gives out a combined power of 362bhp, which, the company claims, propels the i8 from a standstill to 100kph in 4.4 seconds. The car can be operated on the electric motor, however, the range of the batteries exhaust in 37km. The i8 has a limited top speed of 250kph.
On the occasion of the deliveries of the first set of i8’s, BMW’s German head of sales and marketing, Roland Kruger said, “In November of last year, we welcomed the first BMW i3 customers here at BMW Welt. Today, we are continuing the BMW i success story with the first eight BMW i8 customers worldwide. As ‘the first of a new era’, the BMW i8 combines the sustainable design of a carbon-fibre body with a powerful plug-in hybrid.”
“This success would not be possible without our retail partners. We are delighted that our BMW i agents are accompanying us on the road to the future of mobility,” Kruger further added.
There is good news for the Indian audience as well, as the this plug-in hybrid was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi and is expected to hit the showrooms by the end of the year.