BMW has always kept their promise of quality and efficiency in every one of their cars. Now they are ready to own the future markets with their incredible i8 model. This model combines the electrifying performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency and will be available as a plug in hybrid with pop up doors and wing like rear spoilers.
It is said that the production model will be providing better power than the concept version. The concept’s output was rated at 353 PS (260 kW / 349 hp) while the production model will produce a combined figure of 393 hp (293kW / 399 PS).
The electric motor will be responsible for 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) with the rest coming from the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder unit. The combined peak torque is rated at 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) which is identical to the figure reported on the concept.
The powertrain will be mated to a four-speed transmission which has been designed to extend the performance range of the sports car. The other models within the BMW i range are expected to use a single-speed drivetrain.
The 1.5 liter three cylinder engine it is integrated with, gives its users a good range. The only consideration is that when it goes electric, no one can expect anything above 35km with every charge.
The design of the car has been made on BMW’s philosophy of LifeDrive, which means that the body is made out of carbon fiber and the chassis is made of aluminum. Both engines are placed over the axels and a special tunnel in the middle of the car houses the battery for maximum distribution of weight, which ultimately leads to great handling.
The earlier considered M version, which would have instead relied on a big-bore V8 or even on the outgoing V10, is no longer part of the programme.
The plug-in hybrid sports car will cost around $132,600 and the automotive giants are saying that this is not at all a high price as every penny is worth it.
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