BMW i8 to launch in India next month – Report

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Has a pure electric range of 37 km.

According to a report on ZigWheels, the BMW i8 hybrid sportscar will launch in India next month, for an expected price of INR 2 crores, ex-Showroom. The i8 will essentially debut the ‘i’ brand in India, and was in fact showcased at the Auto Expo last year.

2015 BMW i8 front three quarters at the 2014 Thailand Motor Expo
The production version of the i8 was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.

Power for the i8 comes from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine assisted by an electric motor. The gasoline engine is good for 231 PS (227.74 bhp) and 320 Nm of torque, while the motor adds a further 131 PS (129.15 bhp) and 250 Nm, giving the car a combined 362 PS (356.9 bhp) and 570 Nm of torque.

BMW claims the i8 will do 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top-speed of 250 km/h. In pure electric mode, the i8 can be run for 37 km with a top-speed of 120 km/h.

Thanks to a body built extensively from carbon fiber, the i8 weighs just 1,485 kg including its battery pack, making it a couple of kilograms lighter than the new M4 Coupe which launched recently.

BMW i8 cockpit live
The 1.5-liter engined i8 weighs just 1,485 kg.

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Thanks to international demand which has far exceeded the first year production run, expect BMW India to only allocate limited units of its flagship offering.

Launch date: Next month
Expected Price: INR 2 crores, ex-Showroom

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[Source – ZigWheels]

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