Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible are back and this time, the supercar in the popular franchise comes from BMW. The 2014 BMW i8, the supercar of the future, and the new 6 Series Convertible are two of the main stars.
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Last year, we broke the news on the new 6 Series being featured in the the popular Hollywood franchise, but just a few months later, we learned that the Vision ED will also star along Tom Cruise. The popular franchise returns this year with episode number 4 and shooting already began last year in Dubai and the UK.
According to our sources, “Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol” will include some car-chase actions that will feature the new 6er, along with other BMW models.
Developed under the Project i umbrella, BMW i8 will make its debut as a production car at the end of 2013, with deliveries beginning in early 2014. The EfficientDynamics Concept features a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque all on its own.
The diesel engined is aided by two electric engines.
First one, in a rear-end placement, produces a constant 33 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. The second electric motor sits at the front of the car for a perfect weight distribution. The electric unit outputs 80 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. A temporary boost feature meant that for 30 seconds it could produce 112 horsepower or as much as 139 horsepower for just 10 seconds. The 1,450 kg sports car runs from 0-62 mph in only 4.8 seconds, performance that brings it at the same level as the current M3.
The car will charge from a conventional power socket in just 2.5 hours, and BMW indicated its fuel efficiency will approach 90 miles per gallon The car will have an electric-only driving range of about 31 miles, while diesel power extends the total range of the vehicle up to 435 miles.
BMW i8 launches in 2014.