Rumor: BMW i8 – 393hp and 406 lb-ft of torque

Rumors | March 24th, 2012 by 16
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According to UK magazine CAR, the 2014 BMW i8 will produce 393 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The BMW i halo car, at least …

According to UK magazine CAR, the 2014 BMW i8 will produce 393 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The BMW i halo car, at least for now, uses an electric motor that delivers 170 hp and which drives the front wheels. The petrol power comes from a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine that outputs 223 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The petrol engine is replacing the initial diesel offering seen at the premiere of the Vision ED Concept two years ago.

Same UK folks say that BMW has no more plans for an M version of the i8, so BMW supercar fans will have to wait a bit longer for an V8 or V10 engine, if BMW will ever go back to those. Thanks to a very clever black box, the BMW i8 can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With a little help from the torque vectoring chips, this is said to be an extremely dynamic piece of kit which knows all the power oversteer tricks of the trade.

Unlike the other future i models which rely on a single-speed transmission mated directly to the e-motor, the i8 has a four-speed gearbox deal with its much broader performance range.

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BMW i8 can run in full-electric mode for about 20 miles. At full power, 393 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, the i8 runs to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is capped at 156 mph.

Weighing just 1,450 kgs and running with a highly-efficient drivetrain, the fuel consumption is rated at 85 US MPG.

The i8 will take advantage of BMW’s latest technology: One Pedal Control (accelerate, decelerate and coast by throttle order), Active Brake Control (works up to 40mph and includes pedestrian recognition), Park Assist (including automatic navigation), Congestion Assist (works up to 25mph and includes active steering), Range Assist (shows all available charge points and takes you there on demand), Precondition Assist (cooling down, heating, charging – all by smartphone) and Navigation Assist (connects with bus & rail services).

 

 

  • Mateo

    One Pedal Control
    WTF????

    • Johnparke

      +1

    • http://twitter.com/atr_hugo Hugo Becker

       The ‘concept’ version of the i8 has two pedals – one gas and a brake pedal – not sure how to interpret what they mean by ‘One Pedal Operation’ – the next time I get to talk to some i-engineers I’ll ask.

      • Johnparke

        Please do. This is very interesting.

        • Otto

           A Swedish maker (can’t remember if it was Volvo or Saab) had a prototype with a single pedal. Had to press the top to accelerate and the bottom to break. Having the same foot to control car pace made it quicker hence safer to operate.

          • My_beanus

             great workout for my shins and calves.

  • Giom

    Cannot wait for this! I’m ready to be blown away! Of coarse, a normal ‘old school’ supercar wouldn’t be bad either…

  • Otto

    That’s the main drawback with communicating about a car that won’t be released before 3 or more years. It started with 313 hp and a Diesel engine. We get now a petrol engine and 393 hp. On the other hand it keeps people busy with update articles…

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