The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system is specific to this model. Developed and produced by the BMW Group, it marks the next step in the evolution of the Efficient Dynamics programme.
Combining a compact 170 kW three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology driving the rear wheels and a 96 kW electric motor driving the front wheels, this system offers a combined maximum output and performance of 266 kW and 570 Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h sprint of just 4.4 seconds. This configuration also offers all-electric driving capability with a range of up to 35 kilometres and a top speed of 120 km/h. With both drive systems engaged, it also offers road-hugging all-wheel-drive performance with powerful acceleration and dynamic torque vectoring during sporty cornering. Calculated using the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the average fuel consumption of the BMW i8 at model launch will be less than 2.1 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of less than 49 grams per kilometre.
With this revolutionary concept and the emotional appeal of its aerodynamically optimised body design, the 2+2-seater – which was conceived from the outset as a plug-in hybrid – paves the way for an engagingly dynamic and futuristically efficient take on BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. By cementing the brand’s new premium character, strongly defined by sustainability, in the sports car segment, the new i8 also demonstrates the broad spread and universal appeal of the BMW i philosophy.
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