Although this car was announced a few years ago, its production started recently. It is the first sports hybrid made by BMW. There were some speculations about use of the mark ‘’I’’, because Hyundai has ‘’I’’ models, but it seems there was no problem.
BMW i8 has three engines. The petrol engine is 1.5L turbocharged (the prototype from 2009 had a diesel engine) and two electric motors, combined with a 7.1kWh lithium-ion batteries. All this is combined with 2 transmissions. This gives total power of 362BHP and 570Lb ft. of torque. The performances are closer to the sports cars than to hybrids. 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds (but if you use launch control, this time will be reduced to 3.6 seconds), and a top speed is 159mph! Because it is a hybrid, fuel economy should be the best virtue. According to BMW, i8 has a fuel economy of 134.5 mpg (2.1L/100km), but many owners and testers claim that this is not possible. The real fuel economy is 91 mpg (3.1L/100km).
The driver can choose between three driving modes. Electric mode, where i8 is powered only by electric motors. This can provide a range of 23 miles. The sport mode, uses petrol engine and electric motors. You have at your disposal all 362 BHP, the on-board computer makes the car more firm. And the last mode is use of petrol engine only. Batteries can be recharged by petrol engine, when driver brake and on standard way. Owners get an app, which allows them to control their i8 over he smartphone! So you can lock it, turn on the lights and many more from your iPhone! BMW is planning a yearly production of 10.000 units, at a price higher than $136.000.