BMW Talks Specs on the Upcoming i8
Makes Official Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show in September
BMW looks to be keeping the i train going. Last week, the brand introduced the i3 electric city car. This week, the German automaker is teasing us with the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid sports car by releasing details on the i8's plug-in drivetrain and specifications.
The i8 will be powered by a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine churning out 231 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque for the back wheels, and a 96 kW (131 horsepower) electric motor with 184 pound-feet of torque for the front wheels. Total output stands at 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Power goes through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Performance numbers for the i8 are as follows:
- 0 - 60 MPH: Under 4.5 Seconds
- Top Speed: 155 MPH (75 MPH on electric power only)
- Range: 21 to 22 Miles on electric power, 310 Miles with the engine (increases by 20 percent when the vehicle is in the ECO PRO mode)
- Charging Time: 3.5 hours when plugged into a 120V outlet, 1.5 hours when plugged into a 220V Level 2 Charger