BMW i8 – The 40km/l supercar that still does 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds


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The BMW i8 will be the second offering from the BMW i range of electric and hybrid cars. The German manufacturer has already confirmed that the production specification i8 will be coming to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, the specifications of the new supercar has also been released. Here is what you need to know.

BMW i8 doors open
i8 can seat four occupants.

Power comes from a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 231bhp and 320Nm of torque. This is coupled to an electric motor which adds a further 131bhp and 250Nm. This gives the performance figures as follows:

  • 0-100km/h takes only about 4.5 seconds
  • The top-speed is limited to 250km/h in hybrid mode and 120km/h in pure electric mode
  • The i8 emits a meagre 59g of CO2 per km
  • Hybrid mode offers a range of 500km
  • Electric mode has a range of 35km
  • The fuel consumption is rated at 2.5 liters per 100km (40km/l)!
BMW i8 drivetrain
BMW has endowed the i8 with a lot of carbon fiber.

A 6-speed automatic gearbox channels the power to all four wheels. Though there are only 2 gullwing doors, the i8 can seat 4 people. Unladen, the supercar weighs a mere 1,490kg thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre.

BMW i8 side

Prices for the i8 are expected to match that of Porsche 911 4S (at about 90,000 pounds). The Frankfurt Motor Show has its media days commencing on September 10. Meanwhile, you can ogle at the images on the next page along with the press release.

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