While the full production BMW i8 won’t make its official debut until the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, BMW has dropped all the details along with images of the running prototype. According to BMW, the i8 plug-in hybrid is the ‘most progressive sports car of our time’ and is a new take on the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ motto.
Let’s take a quick peek at what the BMW i8’s running gear consists of:
- A turbocharged 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine mated to BMW eDrive electric motor.
- The engine pumps out 231-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque while the electric-motor produces 131-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
- The rear wheels of the i8 are driven by the gasoline engine through a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the front wheels are turned by the electric motor through an two-stage automatic transmission.
- Total combined output comes at 357-hp with a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft.
- 0 to 60 mph comes in under 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (75 mph in full electric mode).
When it comes to fuel-efficiency, the i8 allows for 22 miles of all-electric driving with its lithium-ion battery fully charged. Charging the battery will take 3 1/2 hours from conventional 120 volt and 1 1/2 hours from a 22 volt. Based on the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the average fuel-economy for the BMW i8 will be less than 2.5 liters/100 km, which comes out to approximately 95 mpg US. Total range comes in at 310 miles.
The BMW i8 will make its full-production debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to begin in mid-2014.
– By: Omar Rana