BMW i8-The Hybrid Supercar
BMW is proud of its powerful and fuel efficient car that seems like an Ace of Spade when it comes to competition with other supercars makers. This petrol and electric plug-in hybrid known as BMW i8 which is a perfect example of best exterior with sleek shape. There are only two model in ‘i’ range of BMW, the first model of the range is i3 and i8 is the second model. The BMW i8 is made of carbon fiber body to make it lighter and stronger than other competitors. The body work is spectacular which grabs the attention of viewers.
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Despite having electric plug-in system, the BMW i8 does not compromise too much when it comes to performance. Its petrol-electric system assert 134.5mpg and CO2 emission of 49g/km. The i8 houses a 1.5 litre turbocharged three cylinder engine, and 129bhp electric motor is also there that is connected to the lithium-ion batteries. The whole system produces 357bhp and 570Nm torque that makes it possible to reach 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. The supercar can run at the top speed of 155mph. It sounds like a three cylinder engine car can’t give thrilling performance but it can prove you wrong when we talk about its 129bhp electric motor that enhances the power.
BMW i8 can run on petrol or electric power alone as it is a hybrid supercar. Eco Pro mode (Electric Power Mode) allows it to cover only 22 miles at the speed of 45mph but the maximum speed comes down to 75mph from 155mph. Eco Pro mode has some issues with the speed but it is good when you driving in a city and don’t want to accelerate too much.
The aluminum and carbon fiber body will give excellent protection form an impact, and its battery is also protected with a structure to avoid any type of strong impact. The company gives eight years and 100,000 miles battery warranty.
The LED headlights are absolutely stunning which can also be replaced by laser headlight technology that gives brighter pattern of the beam over the way in comparison to any standard headlights. The rear lights and body look bit complex same as the modern age flying machine, even the speedometer display is unique. Buyers can get the i8 in silver, blue, black, white and green lime, the front grille also has blue and silver color option. This is a two door car that has stylish scissor-opening doors, and the interior also gives a sporty look with 8.8 inch display pair on dashboard. The company gives the option to get Carpo or Halo interior finishes, additional charges for Carpo is £1,150 Halo for £2,150. The i8 is a 4 seater car but the rear section for passenger is bit smaller, so the passengers will have deal with it in long journey.
BMW i8 carries a 32 litre fuel tank that is supposed to cover about 280 miles and its battery can cover nearly 22 miles, so i8 can cover about 302 miles with full fuel tank and full battery charger. The battery takes less than 4 hours to get full charged while using domestic or house power socket.
BMW i8 Price: $136,000 Approx.
Car Type: Coupe
Engine Type: Hybrid
Transmission: 6-automatic speed
Horsepower @ RPM: 357(Total System), 129 (Electric Motor)
0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 155mph
Drive: 4 Wheel Drive
Capacity: 4 Passengers
Wheelbase: 110.2 inch
Length: 184.6 inch
Width: 76.5 inch
Height: 50.9 inch
Curb weight: 3360 lb