Updated: January 29, 2015 6:39:55 pm
After generating a lot of hype during the Auto Expo 2014 a year back, BMW is preparing itself to officially launch the i8 supercar in India on 18th February. The i8 is going to be a segment first hybrid supercar in the Indian market. For now, only 8 units are allotted for the Indian market.
The i8 belongs to a completely different breed of supercars with an extremely futuristic design derived from the BMW’s Vision Efficient Dynamics concept. The car has some jaw-dropping features such as scissor doors, laser headlights, all-digital driver cockpit and color-changing lighting pattern of the dashboard.
The i8 is powered by a highly advanced hybrid powertrain, which is a combination of a 1.5 liter, three cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor, which together produce a healthy output of 362PS of power and 570Nm of torque. In the petrol-only mode, the mill produces 232PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power to rear wheels, while the electric motor drives the front wheels.
Even after having a smaller engine by supercar standards, the BMW i8 can leave many of them behind in the dust. In a combined mode, the car is powerful enough to hit the electronically limited top whack of 250 kmph and can cover the 0-60 kmph run in just 4.4 seconds. If driven purely in electric mode, the car is capable of achieving a top speed of 120 kmph. Even after having such amount of performance on tap, the i8 is astonishingly fuel efficient as well, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 48 kmpl.
Studying the demand for i8 in the upcoming days, BMW might think of bringing down more units of i8 on the Indian shores. The supercar is expected to be priced in the ballpark of Rs. 2-2.5 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
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