Much has been said and lauded about the new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car; from its aerodynamically groundbreaking body design, stylish and luxurious interior and industry-first laser headlights. This new video explains the other half of the i8’s arsenal – its performance.
According to BMW, its new hybrid sports car is “all about performance, and efficiency,” and that its bizarre head-turning looks are there not despite its efficiency aspirations, but because of it. You can decide if the end visual result is to your liking or not, but there’s no denying that the i8 delivers on the performance front. In spades.
Its new lightweight 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine offers 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. That’s a specific output of 154 hp per litre, which rivals that of race engines. Additionally, an electric motor sends another 131 hp and 250 Nm to the front wheels, achieving through-the-road all-wheel drive characteristics.
The combined system output is 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque, which allows the BMW i8 to get from 0 to 100 km/h as quickly as 4.4 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h. More impressive yet is the claimed 2.5 litre per 100 km (40 km/l) fuel economy, with a combined touring range of over 500 km. The best of both worlds?