After showing us the i8’s performance details on a video, BMW talks about the hybrid’s design in this new video. The video provides more insights on the cars design and development.
BMW says the i8’s design expresses it as a “dynamic sportscar” with a long wheelbase, short overhangs, scissor doors, LED headlights, the traditional kidney grille and a sweeping silhouette which makes it appear as it is on the move even on stand-still. The 2+2 interior cabin is driver-oriented and is made from renewable and naturally-treated raw materials.
Here is the video:
The 1490 kg car is powered by a plug-in hybrid system, consisting of a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor. The gasoline engine develops 231 HP of max power and 320 Nm of torque and power is sent to the rear axle with the help of a 6-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor generates 131 HP which is transferred to the front wheels via a two-stage automatic gearbox. The electric motor is powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a 5 kWh capacity. The BMW i8 has a combined output of 362 HP and 570 Nm of torque, which helps accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.
Despite providing such impressive performance, the BMW i8 consumes just 2.5 liter/100 km of fuel, which translates to 94 MPG (US). The electric range for the car is upto 35 km, with a top whack of 120 kmph in the electric mode. Combined range of the car is a respectable 500 km.
BMW will be launching the i8 in India next year. (Click here to read about all 40 odd cars that are headed to us next year)
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the BMW i8.