BMW i8 Hybrid Sportscar Detailed
Well, here it is (at least, most of it): the BMW i8. Not fully pulled out from under the cover of camouflage just yet- but BMW has been kind enough to dish out all the juicy details on one of the Frankfurt Motor Show's most highly anticipated arrivals. The i8 comes powered by a 1.5-liter, 228-hp three-cylinder turbocharged gas engine, connected to a plug-in electric powertrain producing 129-hp. Total output for the i8 sits neatly at 357-hp and 420 lb-ft torque. All with a six-speed automatic gearbox paired to the three-cylinder engine, and a two-stage automatic transmission paired to the electric motor which sends powers to the front axle. Follow all that? Good.
Rounding out the trio of hybrid power, sits a lithium-ion battery. The rechargeable battery can be used in full electric mode with a range of just about 22 miles via a three and a half hour charge time from a standard 120 volt. Or if you're feeling a bit more empowered (puns!), you can opt for a 220 volt charger which sends the i8 310 miles from a single one and a half hour charge. Now, with all these power figures you may ask yourself "Is that enough to compete?" In short: it certainly is. Through the use of ultra-lightweight materials like aluminum on the rear sub frames and carbon fiber reinforced plastic on many of the body panels, the total curb weight sits at a relatively light (at least for a hybrid) 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg).
This package sends the rear-drive i8 from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds, continuing on to a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). With fuel consumption clocking an impressive 94 mpg (2.5 l/100 km). So far, it all sounds pretty promising. Expect even more details along with full photos of the i8 to be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. PHOTOS: See more of the 2014 BMW i8