The folks over at The Smoking Tire caught a BMW i8 prototype while testing in California. BMW i8 goes on sale in 2014 and had its world debut in Frankfurt.
The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system is specific to this model. A 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is combined with an electric drive system and a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged at a standard household power socket. The 231 hp (170 kW) gasoline engine sends its power to the rear wheels, while the 131 hp (96 kW) electric motor powers the front wheels.
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This configuration offers all-electric driving capability with a range of up to approx. 22 miles (35 kilometers) and a top speed of approximately 75 mph (120 km/h).
It is was also announced that the BMW i8 will have a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of $135,700 (including destination and handling) when it arrives in US showrooms in spring of 2014.