According to a recent report, the BMW i8 could have been radically different than the production model turned out to be.
Speaking to Autovisie, several engineers revealed the company never considered a V12 engine but played around with the possibility of a V10. However, the idea was quickly dropped and engineers began focusing on a V8 and a six -cylinder engine. Once the decision was made to go hybrid, the engines - specifically the six-cylinder - were dropped because of cooling problems.
In the end, the car turned out to be a plug-in hybrid that features a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor that develops 131 HP (96 kW). This setup enables the model to have a combined maximum output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque which allows it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and average 2.5 L/100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK).