As per a report that recently surfaced on the cyber space, the BMW i8 could have been much different from the model that has made it to production.
Speaking to media, various technicians have disclosed that initially, the manufacturer didn’t even consider a V12 engine and instead, toyed with the idea of a V10 motor. However, the idea was later dropped in favor of V8 and an in-line six. At a later stage, once it was decided that the car would get a hybrid powertrain, the idea of an inline-six was dropped owing to cooling issues.
Finally, the car turned out to be a plug-in hybrid, with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor. The electric motor is good for 131 HP (96 kW). The car boasts of a combined power output of 362 HP (266 kW) and has a peak torque of 570 Nm (420 lb-ft). All this means that the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in a scant 4.4 seconds. Also, the car has a fuel efficiency of 2.5 L/100 km (94 mpg in US cycle or 113 mpg in UK cycle).
Imagine how different the car would have been had it instead come with a V10!