Frankfurt 2013: BMW i8

BMW i8 2014
BMW i8 2014

BMW  presented at Frankfurt the i8, the first hybrid 2 +2 supercar of BMW . It is the first BMW model wearing the LED lights , later it will be equipped with the new laser light fixtures, the chassis is made ​​of CFRP and aluminum.

The i8 combines an electric motor in the front axle producing 96kW (131 hp ) with 250 Nm of torque and a turbo 1.5 liter three cylinder petrol engine at the rear axle producing 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque , the total power is 362 hp with 570 Nm torque . Both engines work with a new 6 speed gearbox which is designed specifically to maximize the performance of the car .

It has a range of 35 kilometers solely using the electric motor, it consumes just 2.5 l/100 km , it emits 59 gr/km of CO2,  it can do the 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/hour. The electric motor by itself can reach a top speed of 120 km/h.

The batteries of 5 kWh charge either through simple electrical outlet within 3 hours , or by the quick charger i Wallbox within 2 hours . The combined range is more than 500 km in the Comfort program , meanwhile at the Eco Pro program the range is increased by 20%. Sport in the other hand, reduces autonomy .

The weight of not more than 1,490 kg, is achieved by the fact that several parts of the chassis and the body are made of CFRP, aluminum and magnesium.

The 2 +2 sports car has a 50:50 weight ratio , length of 4.689 mm, width of 1.942 mm and height of 1.293 mm. It has aerodynamic coefficient 0,26 Cd, it stands on 20 inch wheels , and for the first time in a production car it features Gorilla glass of Corning. So the window panes of the i8 are made ​​of similar material as ​​screens of mobile phones, which is just 0,7 mm thick.

The BMW i8 will be built at the Leipzig plant in order to built 10,000 units annually , while there will be no M version .

The 3 cylinder petrol engine will be built at the BMW plant in the city of Hams Hall, near Birmingham , England. Sales of the plug-in hybrid supercar are expected to begin by the end of 2013 with an initial value close to 100,000 euros.