BMW i8 Coming With More Power, Longer Driving Range

A facelifted BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will arrive next year with more horsepower and additional driving range.

British publication Auto Car asserts that the 2018 i8 will adopt the upgraded gasoline-electric powertrain currently being tested in a fleet of protype vehicles as well as powering two i8 safety cars used in the Formula E electric racing series.

The report states that, “high-level engineers at BMW’s research and development facilities in Munich say the revised hybrid powertrain will have a more powerful electric motor than the 129 horsepower unit used by the existing i8.”

Combined with the 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, the output would be lifted to around 420 horsepower compared to the existing model’s 357 horsepower.

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Perhaps of more importance than the power gains will be the added driving range.

Though not confirmed, it is expected that BMW will swap the current car’s 7.1-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack for the Formula E safety car’s 10.0 kWh pack.

That move would translate to a real world driving range of 23 miles, up from the current 15 miles.

Auto Car also suggests that the i8’s handling would improve by using the updated suspension previewed in Formula E’s safety cars. Those changes include revised springs and dampers, modified upper wishbones and a 15 millimeter lower ride height.

Expect the revised i8 to arrive in showrooms late next year alongside the long awaited i8 roadster version

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