FIRST LOOK: BMW i8 Coupé in Malaysia – RM1.31 mil

The facelifted BMW i8 Coupé has just landed in Malaysia, sporting a look that’s largely unchanged from before. Price has gone up a bit, now costing RM1.31 million a pop compared to the RM1.2 million sticker price that came with its predecessor.

It’s an absolute stunner in the metal, featuring blanked out grille, full LED headlights, 20-inch Jet Black alloy wheels, scissor doors and a sleek Donington Grey paint from the BMW Individual selection. Inside, the gearstick and iDrive dial is finished in a nice black ceramic coating, and the cabin can be further customised through BMW Individual as well.

The biggest change is actually the unseen – battery capacity is up (11.6 kWh now, from 7.1 kWh) by 50%, allowing a pure electric range of 55 km. The electric motor is also updated to provide 141 hp (105 kW), which is a 12 hp (9 kW) increase from before. Together with the BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine (228 hp/320 Nm), the PHEV’s total system output is rated at 374 hp, enough to do the century sprint in 4.4 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h.

Watch the video above as we take you through a quick tour of the updated coupé. Also, enjoy the gallery below, and as usual, let us know what you think of the new i8. Would you pick this over, say, a Mercedes-AMG GT S?

GALLERY: BMW i8 Coupé launch in Malaysia

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.




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