We have extensively reported about the BMW i8. Now, a video showing the performance of the car in its hybrid and gasoline mode has hit the web.
The video, from BMW, goes into greater detail about how the hybrid and gasoline engine systems work together to provide the sheer performance.
The 1490 kg plug-in hybrid from the Bavarian car maker adopts a 2+2 configuration and sports a carbon fiber reinforced plastic passenger cell. Powering the car is a plug-in hybrid, 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 sends power to the rear axle through 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. Thus, 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.
The BMW i8, despite providing impressive performance, consumes just 2.5 liter/100 km of fuel. The electric range for the car is upto 35 km, with a top speed of 120 kmph in the electric mode. Combined range of the car stands at 500 km.
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