The BMW i8 debuted in Frankfurt just a few hours ago. This car is the first plug-in hybrid sports car coming from the BMW line-up, and the second model of the BMW i brand.
The 2+2 seater with LifeDrive architecture was developed specifically for BMW i to deliver a unique BMW driving experience. The cockpit is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic making the body light with a curb weight of 1,490 kg. The material also makes up the doors while the instrument panel has magnesium support. The car also incorporates futuristic designs on the doors, surface, and lights. The i8’s chassis is made of aluminum.
The plug-in hybrid system developed by BMW uses the 1.5 liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine with 3 cylinders capable of 231 PS and 320 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic. As for the eDrive electric motor, it can produce 130 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Combined, the system produces 362 PS and 570 Nm of torque enabling it to launch from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Despite being AWD and having a high engine output, its fuel consumption clocks in at 40 km/l.
The i8 enjoys touches of electronic components all around its body. Extensive standard equipment includes the Navigation system Professional with a proactive drive system for all-electric driving, fully digital instrument display, and BMW iDrive with freestanding Control Display. The BMW i models have the 360o program: BMW i Wallbox for convenient charging, ChargeNow card for cash-free transactions at charging stations, MyCity Way and ParkatmyHouse mobility services.
Slowly, the trend on hybrid racing and sports cars are starting to emerge. How do you feel about the developments on this technology?