Back in May, we reported on BMW updating both the i3 and i8 models in 2016-2017. The high-end super hybrid will reach showrooms next year while the i3 received its battery upgrade this year. The facelifted i8 will get an upgraded petrol-electric powertrain currently being tested in a fleet of prototypes as well as the latest iteration of the i8-based safety car seen at Formula E events around the globe.

The new i8 will produce an additional 15 horsepower, therefore, the powerful electric motor in combination with the 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol unit will produce 372 horsepower. From 0 to 62 mph, the current i8 runs in 4.4 seconds, but with the updated powertrain the facelited i8 is likely to be faster.

BMW i3 and the BMW i8 Garage Italia CrossFade-17

At the same time, BMW is working to extend the overall range of the i8 through the adoption of a revised battery pack. The new i3 received a 50 percent boost in range, so we expect a reasonable increase for the i8 as well. BMW has confirmed that the Formula E safety car eschews the 7.1kWh unit of the production car for a larger, 10.0kWh battery, possibly hinting at what’s to come for the facelifted version.

Just like the Formula E safety car, the facelifted i8 is also in line to receive a number of chassis modifications. The two i8 safety cars at Formula E events have modified upper wishbones and mounting points, together with revised spring and dampers, a 15mm lower ride height than the production car and 20in alloy wheels shod with 245/35 front and 285/30 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The launch of the facelifted i8 coupe is likely to coincide with the introduction of the BMW i8 roadster.