Futuristic BMW with perfect design and brilliant performances has arrived. BMW delivers the first versions of its new i8 sports car. The original Vision EfficientDynamics concept used a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but the i8 makes use of a gas-fired turbo three-cylinder.
There is a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox cranking out 231hp, then an electric motor that adds a further 131hp courtesy of a 5kW lithium battery position through the spine of the car, so when they are both humming they make 362bhp.
You can also run the i8 as a pure electric. BMW claims the i8 has a pure electric range of up to 23 miles and will do 75mpg maximum on batteries alone. Three basic driving modes are available ranging from pure-electric mode through standard and Sport.
Like the i3 its carbon body sits on top of an aluminium power pod. The i8′s bodywork is crafted from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic which is underpinned by an aluminium subframe with plastic body panels that are reinforced with carbon-fibre. Inside, the i8 there is more future-tech 8.8-inch display screen for reporting road and engine speed, as well as battery and fuel levels. Standard features include leather upholstery, full LED headlights, professional navigation system, cruise control, front and rear park distance control and head-up display.
Front seat passengers are cocooned in luxury with a tasteful combination of leather and the driving position is low, as is the car’s centre of gravity which benefits its handling. There are two diminutive rear seats, with a pocket-sized boot these seats are better put to use as additional luggage space.