BMW i8 production version details spilled

BMW i8 prototype spy photo
BMW i8 prototype spy photo

BMW are busy preparing the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar which will be launched in 2014. We have already spotted an early prototype out testing but now further technical details have surfaced from British-based Car Magazine.

According to the report, the power output of the production version will exceed the pre-production concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

While the concept's output was rated at 353 PS (260 kW / 349 hp), the production model will produce a combined figure of 393 hp ( 293kW / 399 PS ). The electric motor will be responsible for 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) with the rest coming from the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder unit. The combined peak torque is rated at 550 Nm(406 lb-ft) which is identical to the figure reported on the concept.

The powertrain will be mated to a four-speed transmission which has been designed to extend the performance range of the sports car. The other models within the BMW i range are expected to use a single-speed drivetrain.

The kerb weight will supposedly come in at 1450kg (3197 lb) which represents a 30kg weight loss from the concept and suggests we could see a performance boost when the i8 hits production form. However it is stated that the 0-100kph (0-62mph) acceleration figure will dip to 4.9 seconds which is 0.3 seconds slower.

Pricing will start well in excess of €100,000 and BMW expects to sell around 10,000 units per year.


Source: carmagazine

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efithian efithian
I am not buying this if it has run flats and no dipstick! Is the 4-speed an automatic, or just power mode selector? How far will it go on electric only? What is the overall mileage? Is this available for European Delivery? Any room in the back for the grandkids?
Mar 25th, 2012 2:00pm
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clash_189 clash_189
I have lived with run flat tyre for years now and my car did not suffer anything and neither me and I was safe when I got a puncture while travelling around 140kmh thanked to rft. The rather harsh ride does not give uncomfortable ride either and I would recommend my friend to go for rft when it is offered as an option (MB offers it as an option and I think Lexus does as well). While for dipstick, would you like to check your car every time you drive or let the car to inform you without opening your hood and let your hand dirty, I think most will choose the later. Anyway, many newer cars required the dipstick to be placed in area so difficult because of the complexity of the structure (too busy under the hood), so it becomes irrelevant to access dipstick regularly.
Mar 26th, 2012 4:44pm
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needs more power
Mar 25th, 2012 5:50am
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
It will be an expensive and ugly GM Volt/Ampera sort of thing.
Mar 23rd, 2012 9:48pm
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CReeds CReeds
Definitely not supercar territory and to refer to it as such is heresy. It's just not outrageous enough nor expensive. The i8 is so contrived. Clear doors, give me a break. Absolutely lame if it has lambo doors, and why bmw would add cost for this feature is beyond me. The whole thing is a little too "back to the future" for me. Maybe they will have Michael J. Fox do a cameo. But I will be curious to see how well it performs and sells.
Mar 23rd, 2012 9:17pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Getting 223HP from 3 cylinders is a big ask.
Mar 23rd, 2012 5:09pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Those 3 cylinders are turbocharged.
Mar 23rd, 2012 7:47pm
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Grey Grey
i think the 223hp is calculated in with the hybrid motor.
Mar 25th, 2012 1:48am
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eitanros1 eitanros1
.The day this car is launched will be the day Fisker will lose its Karma..
Mar 23rd, 2012 4:36pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
lol. Well said.
Mar 23rd, 2012 9:56pm
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henaz henaz
I hope it's still coming with the cool transparent doors.
Mar 23rd, 2012 3:33pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
If you're talking about the glass doors, then no, it won't happen. However they will still open Lambo style.
Mar 23rd, 2012 7:46pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
I think the called it "plug-in hybrid supercar" . BMW know what they're doing
Mar 23rd, 2012 3:21pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
LOL..A supercar :D Supercar are fast, rares, expensives. ETC. This is slow, and sounds like a blender :D
Mar 23rd, 2012 2:43pm
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Ratt Ratt
What's fast for you, maybe from 0-100kph in 1.5 seconds, and it's not cheap at all and for sure it's gonna be rare, for sound let's just wait for the final product, you should not write about something you don't know
Mar 23rd, 2012 3:16pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
Dont be so serious ;)
Mar 23rd, 2012 3:20pm
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
"Ratt good for you, now it's time for your medicine" ...
Mar 23rd, 2012 9:53pm
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henaz henaz
Don't make stupid, uneducated comments.
Mar 23rd, 2012 3:30pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
"Dont make stupid, uneducated comments". Speak to yourself. Buddy ;)
Mar 23rd, 2012 4:32pm
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With respect to this car but it is not a supercar. sport car is a better word for it
Mar 23rd, 2012 2:35pm
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