BMW i8 vs. BMW M4 on a straight line? The folks over at Autobild TV take the two most unlikely competitors and put them in a drag race to find out which one is faster. The BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. This engine combines two mono-scroll turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection for a smooth and efficient power delivery, coupled in this case with the standard 7-speed DCT. It’s a performance car, specially with the intelligent lightweight construction with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic makes the M3 light, fast, and agile.
On the other hand, BMW i8 is the future of hybrid sportscars. 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). Let’s have a look.