The upcoming BMW i8 was spied in Germany while parked at a charging station.
For the first time we can see the BMW i8 with a right-hand drive configuration and cockpit with multiple displays that provide the driver and passengers with relevant information.
A centrally-positioned display takes care of the infotainment functions while another one placed behind the steering wheel is replacing the the classic instrument cluster. Furthermore, a new Head-Up Display will assist the driver with the most important driving information.
Like the BMW i3, the BMW i8 features a horizontal bisection of the vehicle, which is largely fabricated as an aluminum drive module with all of the drive related components. And a carbon-made Life module for the occupant. The Life-drive architecture also makes it possible for other bodystyles to be built atop of it, for example, the BMW i8 Spyder.
Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the BMW i8 weighs 1450 kilograms, enough to give the hybrid sportscar a performance similar to M cars.
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.
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Pricing will be announced next year but we expect to see a price tag of $150,000 in the United States.
[Source: Matthias for Bimmertoday]