The BMW i8 has served as the brand’s attention-grabber since it first emerged in concept form. The stunning supercar is on stage this week at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, looking particularly seductive in a charcoal gray coat with brilliant pops of blue.
The BMW i8 has taken many powertrains, from a fuel-efficient diesel to a petrol sipper to a plug-in petrol hybrid. While the powertrain remains quite versatile, the look has stayed close to its concept form, which is rare. The latest BMW i8 boasts the brand’s LifeDrive architecture, with a life module passenger cell crafted from carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The powertrain of the 2014 BMW i8
This model derives power from a 3-banger 1.5-liter petrol engine infused with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. It is a bit low in the horsepower arena, coming out of the stable with just 231. The addition of an electric motor sends an additional 131 much-needed ponies to the front wheels while the six-speed automated transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The total of 362 combined horses enables the hybrid BMW i8 to achieve a 4.4 second 0-60 mile per hour sprint. Fuel economy for the luxury hybrid is an outstanding 113 miles per gallon, which I am uncertain is a claim or a fact at this juncture.
Kudos to BMW for continuing down the super hybrid path with the jaw-dropping i8 model. Each year the BMW i8 evolves a step further and it will be no surprise when they become more commonplace in showrooms around the world.
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