A BMW i8 prototype was spied in Munich this week during a testing session. BMW’s first hybrid sportscar will come to market in 2014, as the second vehicle to emerge from the new BMW i sub-brand.
The sporty two-door model uses two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The electric motor is not a secondary power source, but rather an equal partner of the internal 1.5 liter three cylinder petrol engine. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.
The car’s minimized weight, low center of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 354 horsepower.
A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time comes under five seconds, with 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).
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. BMW says that it uses a layering design technique to illustrate its futuristic design.
BMW i8 will go to market in 2014 and we anticipate a base price point around $160,000.
[Photos by Andreas]