New info on BMW i8. No M version planned

BMW i | April 30th, 2013 by 8
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In 2014 BMW will introduce the highly-expected and sophisticated BMW i8 hybrid sportscar. The two-door, sporty hybrid features gullwing doors, wing-like rear-spoilers and a design …

In 2014 BMW will introduce the highly-expected and sophisticated BMW i8 hybrid sportscar. The two-door, sporty hybrid features gullwing doors, wing-like rear-spoilers and a design that places the i8 in the same category as many luxury sports cars.

The lightweight i8 scales at 1450 kilograms, thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber design elements and cockpit, and it is powered by a 170 horsepower electric motor that drives the front-wheels, coupled with a 1.5 liter 3-cylidner turbocharged petrol engine producing another 223 horsepower.

Thanks to an intelligent transmission, the i8 can go from a front-wheel drive vehicle to a rear-wheel drive one, and even an all-wheel drive setup.

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In full electric mode, the BMW i8 can travel up to 20 miles. Engaging the 393 ponies will catapult the i8 from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds, a figure comparable to the naturally-aspirated-powered M3.

In the European driving cycle, the BMW i8 is expected to average nearly 80 mpg.

(First Drive: BMW i8)

The i8 comes with such innovative driver assistance systems as 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

According to Car Magazine UK, BMW considered an M version of the i8 with a V8 or even V10 engine, but the plans have been scraped all-together.

When it goes on sale, the BMW i8 will have a base price above 100,000 euros and it’s expected to sell to 10,000 customers every year. Some of our sources say that many dealerships in the U.S. and Europe have already compiled a waiting list for the i8.

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8 responses to “New info on BMW i8. No M version planned”

  1. Larry B says:

    I am a huge BMW fan, do not understand BMW they make a M verison of the 1,3, 5, 6, x5, and x6 , but no i8. Just think about how much more revenue they could make from their existing carbon fiber platform, use the turbo inline 6 or turbo V8 and pair them with the electric motors… The i8 even looks like the m1 hommage concept of a few years ago…, I give up time to get a 458 italia or a Audi R8

    • empower says:

      ive got a feeling the m1 will be cut above those two. i think it would be sold for about 500k.

      • Horatiu B. says:

        Doubt it that we will see one

        • empower says:

          will we see once the i brand is up and running. BMW M AG will have more of a say in what cars it makes. BMW M will use the i8 as a test bed. for the future m1, BMW always looks at economies of scale and if there would be any profit like all good business. the men at bmw m have a better business case now with bmw have more affordable carbon fibre and are the first to use it in mass production . the engines they already have wouldnt need much doing to them. bmw has gone the green route while still making the best saloon based cars in the world. there focus will turn to ther core roots again.

  2. Marty G. says:

    the doors are not “gullwing” style, they’re scissor doors…

    • Dustin says:

      Actually they’re not scissor doors, either. These are what McLaren calls “dihedral” doors, or are more commonly referred to as “butterfly” doors.

  3. empower says:

    they dont want to blur the two sub brands. but there will be a mid engined m car, made from want they learnt with the i8. but there wont be a mi8. but it doesn’t mean there wont be a inline 6 twin turbo paired to the 170 bhp electric motor. 620 bhp if they use the next m3’s engine . 2/3 the power of the p1 and la ferrari but at a 1/5 of the price, people dont seem to think of the i8 as a sports because it is part electric. hope the p1 amd la ferrari will change peoples opinions. think about a the i8 roadster with the m3’s engine.

  4. sammyt says:

    dont worry guys every one of us feels exactly like this and i have written before. We buy the i8 and take it to the tuners who will remove the 1.5litre and stick proper stuff like twin turbo straight six and twin turbo V8. dont worry this will be a win win and with the electric motor its still green engineering.

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