BMW's i8 Will Be Mean But Green

More details have emerged about BMW’s i8 plug-in sports car including that it nets 104.2 mpg on the European drive cycle, will sprint to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, and no non-hybrid variants are being considered.

The 2+2 made with carbon fiber body and aluminum alloy rolling chassis had previously been rumored to be a candidate for V8 or V10-powered with no battery and electrics, but BMW said this line will highlight its electrification ethic, and represents a forerunner of more to come.

Power for the 3,197-pound car therefore comes from a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo delivering 223 horsepower, 295 foot-pound of torque to the rear wheels; front wheels are powered by a 170-horsepower electric motor.

The low-slung vehicle employs sophisticated multi-mode drivetrain control, feeding power through a four-speed transmission, and can switch from front-, or rear- or all wheel drive – with up to 393 horsepower, and 406 pound-feet of torque available.

Top speed is said to be 156 mph, but when sedate low-emissions driving is desired, its electric-only range is estimated at 20 miles.

Recharge time can reportedly range from six hours to less than one hour using a fast charger.

BMW says only the price will top €100,000 ($133,000) when it debuts in 2014, and expects to sell around 10,000 units per year.

CAR Magazine via AutoGuide.


  • Duude

    electric-only range is estimated at 20 miles.

    Wow! What value!

  • FlipMason

    I’m not that excited about this. Why should saving the environment be so luxurious!?

  • The anonymous

    “… can switch from front-, or rear- or all wheel drive – with up to 393 horsepower, and 406 pound-feet of torque available.”

    LEt me speculate how the total horsepower is calculated/estimated:
    223hp (ICE) + 170 (electric motor), right?

    Will that be the COMBINED horsepower (as per SAE), or not?

  • greg45

    I think this is definitely so amazing to see. The car still has the power and going green. The options are endless with this car. BMW has done an amazing job here. http://www.alarmforcecomplaints.net

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