BMW i8 was spied once again. The BMW hybrid sportscar to emerge under the “i” sub-brand will go on sale in 2014 and it’s going through final testing procedures.
A reader that has seen the car says that inside the i8 retains the typical BMW driver-oriented cockpit, complemented by a digital display positioned behind the steering wheel which displays driving-relevant information. Another infotainment display is located centrally, free-standing like the ones seen in the new 1 and 3 Series models.
A Head Up Display is offered as well.
Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the BMW i8 weighs 1450 kilograms, enough to give the hybrid sportscar performance similar to the current M3.
The i8 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. It can go from a front-wheel drive vehicle to a rear-wheel drive one, and even an all-wheel drive setup. In full electric mode, the BMW i8 can travel up to 20 miles.
In the European driving cycle, the BMW i8 is expected to average nearly 80 mpg.
BMW aims to build 10,000 units every year with a base price over 100,000 euros, or around $150,000 in the United States.
[Source: Alex Hill for Bimmertoday]