BMW is generally known for making refined, elegant silhouettes that combine both performance and luxury into stylish an everyday driver. If you were to mesh designs by Syd Mead and the remake of the movie Tron, you may have gotten a car as chic and as eye catching as the new must have car. The BMW i8 is preparing to revolutionize its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car with the synchronisation of an electric motor and combustion engine, the i8 has been the buzz of the automotive industry for quite some time already.
More than just a good looking car, the BMW i8 revolutionized sporty mobility with its unique drive concept. It marked a new level of evolution for BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Its plug-in hybrid concept and the combination of three-cylinder petrol engine and LifeDrive architecture specific to BMW i ensure a fascinating driving experience. And prove that dynamics and efficiency aren’t opposites, but can be experienced simultaneously.
With a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbocharged petrol engine developing 228hp (231 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque that drives the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a synchronous electric motor carrying the i-8 to 129hp (96kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque turning the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission.
Overall, the powertrain has a combined system output of 362 PS (357hp) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque for 0 to 62mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) which makes this BMW one sexy ride.