The appeal of BMW’s i8 is well known. Its hybrid system, futuristic design and performance make it a great choice for many owners. It is also highly popular among the Hollywood’s high-society, judging by several i8s being driven by celebrities. Recently, another big name in the entertainment business bought himself a BMW i8. Kunal Nayyar, known as Rajesh Koothrappali from the hit-show “The Big Bang Theory” has purchased a brand-new BMW i8.
His BMW i8 comes with a Sophisto Grey Metallic and BMW i Frozen Blue accents, one of the more interesting colors available for the hybrid sportscar. The BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The powertrain allows the BMW i8 to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). The vehicle has a fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. This relates to good performance, albeit without a big impact on your wallet.
Hopefully in the months to come, Kunal will keep us updated on his i8 adventures.