The 2014 BMW i8 was spied during a testing session in the snow. German engineers took the super sporty hybrid to Scandinavia to see how it holds up against cold temperatures and snow.
The plugin hybrid will come to market in Spring 2014 and is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 224 horsepower, aided by a 96 kW electric motor. Together, the two motors provide a system output of 260 kW or 354 horsepower, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Thanks to the extensive use of carbon, the weight remains under 1,500 kilograms. The i8 will have a combined fuel consumption in the European test cycle of less than 3 liters/100 km (78 MPG) and average real fuel consumption of between five and seven liters (33 – 47 MPG).
Spied here with a heavy camouflage, the i8 test mule gives us a look at its sleek body with a low ride profile and the Lambo-style doors that were seen on the concept model as well.