Earlier today, BMW unveiled their future and biggest best ever for the Munich-based brand. The new BMW i3 and BMW i8 plan to disrupt the electric and hybrids segment delivering not only high-efficiency, but also performance.
The i3, previously known as Megacity Vehicle, is based around a light CFRP body structure and rides on a predominantly aluminum chassis. The BMW i3 provides four adult occupants with excellent all-round visibility, as well as an impressive 200 liters of luggage space behind the rear seats. At 3845mm in length, 2011mm in width and 1537mm in height, the five-door i3 is 120mm longer, 326mm wider and 132mm higher than the Mini One.
The plug-in system is a compact electric motor mounted over the rear axle. It draws energy from the battery to provide drive to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. As we announced a few months back, BMW says the i3 will be offered with an optional range extender powertrain (called REx) to satisfy those with longer commutes.
Length/Height/Width L 3845 mm, H 1537 mm, W 2011 mm
Wheelbase 2570 mm
Kerb weight 1250 kg
Output 125 kW / 250 Nm (168bhp and 184lb ft of torque)
Top speed 150 km/h / 93 mph
0-60 km/h / 37 mph 3.9 s
0-100 km/h / 62 mph 7.9 s
80-120 km/h / 50-75 mph 6.0 s
Electric range 130-160 km / 80-100 miles | FTP72 cycle: 225 km / 140 miles
Battery charge time
Standard: 6 h for 100% charge
Optional: 1 h for 80% charge
Luggage compartment: 200 liters
No. of seats 4
The star of the automotive industry in today’s news is the new BMW i8. At 349 horsepower and nearly 80 mpg fuel consumption, the BMW i8 will set a benchmark in the performance segment. Initially previewed by the Vision EfficientDynamics (Vision ED) concept back in 2009, the super-sporty two-door i8 has already undergone two years of intensive development. The major change is a new 1.5 liter petrol engine replacing the initial diesel unit of same capacity. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox. BMW says the i8 runs a 0-62mph in just 4.6 sec – 0.3 sec faster than the M3 Coupe.
The weight of 1480kg is the equivalent to a power-to-weight ratio of 236 horsepower per 1000 kilograms.
BMW i8 measures 4632mm in length, 1955mm in width and 1280mm in height, comparable to the 3 Series coupe in dimensions.
Length/Height/Width L 4632 mm, H 1280 mm, W 1955 mm
Wheelbase 2800 mm
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
No. of seats 2 + (2)