After we met the new BMW i8 in concept, pre-production form a final production version, its time to find out the complete specification of the supercar. The bavarian manufacturer unveiled today the details of its first mass-production plug-in hybrid.
The first clients to receive the car will be those residing in Europe. The start of series production will commence in April. The customers have been already able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013. The BMW i8 will reach its customers starting June with improved efficiency and performance. After that, other markets will follow. According to BMW, the demand exceeds the production already.
BMW i8 performance and efficiency
BMW announces improvements for the final production version, The eDrive plug-in configuration allows the car to reach 100 km/h from standstill in just 4.4 seconds. The performance is complemented with great efficiency. The first 100 km/h will bring the cliet a 2.1 lires/100 km consumption and CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km.
In typical everyday commuting, with the battery fully charged at the beginning, the BMW i8 can return a fuel consumption below 5 litres/100 km (more than 56 mpg imp) around town. If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres (more than 40 mpg imp) are achievable. Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp).
BMW i8 powertrain
The BMW eDrive plug-in hybrid uses a 170 hp, 320 Nm three cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology along with a 131 hp, 250 Nm synchronous electric motor. The BMW i8 powertrain also includes a lithium-ion battery with a usable capacity of 5.2 kWh. The use of a heavy battery doesnt affect the cars overall weight, which tops only 1485 kg thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre.
In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU test cycle. Depending on whether the plug-in hybrid sports car’s lithium-ion battery is recharged at a household power socket or BMW i Wallbox, or at a public charging station, charging times range from less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 2.6 seconds. The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).