After the two concepts ( as Coupe and Spyder ) highly anticipated series BMW i8 saw the light of day at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show . This plug -in hybrid with a centrally mounted engine in the other car “i” line of electric vehicle of German car manufacturer after the i3, but introduces several innovations such as the shell made of carbon fiber mounted on an aluminum chassis. Consumption numbers are also impressive. The i8 consumes just 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers, with CO2 emissions of just 25 g / km. If you are using only the electric motor , i8 is able to cross the 35 miles between charges.
BMW i8 engine
Interestingly, the engine is located behind the driver and sends power to the rear wheels via a two-speed automatic transmission while the electric motors drive the front wheels . As for the petrol engine , it is a new 1.5L turbocharged I3 engine that will be installed in the next BMW 1 -Series and Mini Cooper , in the case of power i8 is an impressive 228 kg . Not only does as much as 151 hp per liter but of the most efficient engine ever made by the German giant. Paired with an electric motor , maximum power is as high as 356 hp and 569 Nm of torque.
BMW i8 design
With the designer the design has not changed much compared to the previously mentioned concepts , and in addition to sporty i8 has kept many lines from other family vehicle company in Munich. LED lights can be found front and rear, and the buyer will be able to get the traditional ” laser” light, which are 70% efficient. BMW claims that the 4.7 meter long car can reach 100 km / h in just 4.4 seconds with a top speed limited to 250 km / h (if the electric motor is running top speed is 120 km / h) , and the main reason for these numbers lies in the low vehicle weight , which is only 1,490 kg . Particular attention is drawn and the door and the way open, and they are made of aluminum and are quite easy to open. While the interior is certainly not beautiful as the rest of the vehicle , it is designed in an appealing style and hints to future BMW models could look like.
BMW i8 price
In the end, we mention two other news. The first one says that the starting price in the domestic market amounted to 126,000 euros ( $ 170,000 ), while the other is still disappointing and early information tells us that the high performance M version will not exist.
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