At first glance, the BMW i8 comes across as a beautifully designed sports car. But it's far more than that. Aerodynamics plays a key role in the design of the BMW i8, with each detail working toward channeling airflow for greater efficiency. Additionally, the streamflow design of the vehicle's rear wing helps provide significant downforce all the way up to the electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
From front to back, the BMW i8 is dedicated to reducing drag by employing EfficientDynamic ventilation technologies. These vents actively open and close to provide additional cooling, reduce the coefficient of drag, and improve the vehicle's overall aerodynamics. Also, the front Air Curtains help channel airflow through the back vents to cool the TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine in the rear of the car.STRIKING EXTERIOR.
The long wheelbase, short overhangs, precise lines, and sweeping silhouette give the appearance that the BMW i8 is surging forward even when it is standing still. The scissor doors of the BMW i8 provide an undeniable emotional and sporty allure that make it truly one-of-a-kind.
When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance. The BMW i8 does just that, with help from its powerful, yet efficient TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine and its innovative electric motor. Together, these two engines work in tandem for uninterrupted acceleration from a standstill with a total system output of 420 lb-ft of torque and 357 horsepower.
As a plug-in hybrid with eDrive, the BMW i8 gets up to 76 MPGe fuel efficiency,4 far beyond conventional sports cars with comparable performance. And next to other plug-in hybrids, its dynamic sportiness is truly unmatched.
Every single aspect of the BMW i8 was selected to accomplish optimal performance. The choice to use lightweight materials in the construction helps make this plug-in hybrid vehicle as aerodynamic and sporty as possible. Its two-part structure uses both aluminum and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) for their rigidity and extreme lightness in comparison to steel. As opposed to conventional glass, the acoustic separator between the engine and the cabin is made from substantially lighter chemically hardened glass.
Two and a half hours. That's how long it takes the BMW i8 to fully charge. This charging technology can be found at over 23,300 Ú.S. public charging facilities or from a Level 2 charging station installed at home.ENERGY, RESÚRRECTED.
In the BMW i8, energy can be repurposed while driving to charge the battery from thrust, braking, or directly from the gas engine. It can also be recovered whenever you're hungry for an extra boost of power.THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS.
As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW i8 combines an electric motor with a combustion engine for unparalleled power and performance. Launching from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, this vehicle is as efficient as it is dynamic.
The all-electric motor is situated on the front axle, while the TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine drives the rear axle. When combined, these two elements deliver an innovative all-wheel drive sports car with a total system output of 357 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque as well as an added electrical boost inherent to eDrive vehicles.
THE MOST PROGRESSIVE SPORTS CAR EVER.
Engine : 3-cylinder
Power: 228 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs
FOÚR DRIVING MODES.
The Driving Experience Control switch on the center console offers various driving modes.
The standard COMFORT mode offers a balance between sporty performance and fuel efficiency. SPORT mode features the ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor. ECO PRO mode supports a more efficient, optimized driving style which can be used in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode. Finally, eDRIVE mode is purely electric, offering a max range of up to 15 miles and a max speed of 75 mph for a totally tailpipe emission-free ride.
Part of reinventing the sports car is rethinking its entire architecture. For BMW i, this led to the creation of the LifeDrive architecture, consisting of two separate, independent modules. This revolutionary construction was designed to deliver impeccable performance, superior dynamics, all the while offering near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution.Source - BMW