BMW i8 Concept Details

July 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

BMW recently revealed two new futuristic concept cars under the new ‘i’ sub-brand, the i3 and i8. The i3 is a boring city car so we don’t care about that, but the i8 is a superb hybrid supercar that satisfies both petrolheads with blistering performance and amazing looks, and green people because it does 78 mpg. It really is the best of both worlds.

This great compromise is the result of an outstanding powertrain. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear.

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Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance. Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres (approx. 20 miles) on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.

BMW says they will put it into production in 2014. We hope they don’t change much of it!

Specifications. BMW i8 Concept.

Length/Height/Width L 4632 mm, H 1280 mm, W 1955 mm
Wheelbase 2800 mm
No. of seats 2 + (2)
Kerb weight 1480 kg
Output 260 kW /550 Nm system output
of which petrol engine: 164 kW / 300 Nm
of which electric motor: 96 kW / 250 Nm
Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph governed
Acceleration 0-100 km/h / 62 mph 4.6 s
80-120 km/h / 50-75 mph 4.0 s
Fuel consumption (EU cycle): 2.7 l/100 km / 104 mpg imp (66 g CO2)
Electric range approx. 35 km / 20 miles
Battery charge time Standard: 1:45 h for 100% charge
Luggage compartment approx. 150 litres