Ahead of its 18 February launch, as many as three BMW i8s were photographed (below) at the Chennai port, indicating that customer/dealership cars have started rolling in.
An Austin Yellow M4 can also be seen peeking from the background
BMW India will launch the futuristic, hybrid sports car, the i8 in India on the 18th of February in Mumbai. The i8 will be launched as a CBU (Completely Built-up) unit and is expected to cost anything between INR 1.5-2 Crores ex-showroom. The company is also planning to set up special iDealers in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to retail its hybrid cars.
The BMW i8 marks a new era for sports cars, with its otherworldly looks and futuristic hybrid drive-train, powered by two engines – a 131 hp electric motor clubbed with a BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol putting out 231 hp. Together, the two units deliver a total of 362 hp, endowing the i8 to dash from naught to 100 kph in just 4.4 seconds. On battery power alone, the i8 can achieve top speed of 120 km/h with a maximum range of 35 kilometres. The combination of battery powered engine with the petrol engine can take the e-powered supercar to up to 250 kph.