In September at the Frankfurt Motor show, the Germans from BMW will release 2 new models, the i3 electric hatchback that will be available for sale this fall, but also the i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe that will only be available starting next year. The BMW i8 will be available with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine capable of generating 228 horsepower to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. There id also an electric motor that turns the front axle through an integrated two-stage automatic transmission capable of generating 129 horsepower. The combined output can reach up to 357 horsepower and 420 lb. ft. of torque.
There is a lithium-ion battery as well that can be recharged at a standard household power socket. According to the carmaker, the car has a 22 mil range on electric mode and it takes up to three and a half hours to charge from a conventional 120 volt, 12 amp household circuit. If we are talking about a 220 volt level 2 charger, it will take around one and a half hours. The i8 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and to reach a top speed of 297 km/h. In terms of fuel consumption, the model uses 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km and the CO2 emission level reaches 215 g/km on a combined EU cycle.
The model has a very low center of gravity and an almost 50:50 axle load ratio and also a standard Dynamic Stability Control which includes Anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Brake control and Dynamic Brake Control, tart-Off Assistant, Fading Compensation and the Brake Drying function. We will have further details next month after it has been released.
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