BMW has had a great start to the year, year on year sales have increased despite a struggling market. Conquest business for the BMW Group has surpassed expectation and the MINI brand is thriving. BMW has set about releasing new MINI models to keep the brand fresh and in the limelight, models like the Countryman and Clubman have been further enhanced by new BMW deals It is the most innovative sports car of the modern times which uses the combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine intelligently. This plug-in type hybrid car launched in February 2015 combines performance with fuel efficiency and is eco friendly too.
The BMW i8 is the costliest BMW car to be launched in USA, . The car comes only in one variant priced Rupees 2.29 crore. But there are 4 options for the cabin upholstery.
The BMW i8 in the form of a coupe has a front fascia with the unique kidney shaped BMW grille with the LED automatic head lights, LED daytime running lamps and tinted glasses. Other features on the body include electric ORVMs with anti-dazzle function, a sun roof, self-locking wheel bolts, rain sensing wipers a rear spoiler and 20″ wheels with 3 optional styles of spoke styling 470, turbine styling 625 and turbine styling 444.Its exterior makes it one of the most dynamic looking concept cars. This futuristic looking car is made with the most advanced materials available. For instance, its chassis is made from super lightweight aluminum. Its sunroof, windows, as well as the windshield, is made from polycarbonate glass. The doors are totally transparent. This provides you with a clear view of the car’s interior-interior
The BMW i8 is a coupe, and it can accommodate up to four people. There are two pairs of leather seats at the front and back. The control panels are arranged in such a way that it enables you to enjoy the power this sports car has while still remaining in complete control.
BMW i8 Features and Performance :
The BMW i8 is an ecofriendly car that does not sacrifice practicality with performance. However, unlike the i3, the i8 concept was designed specifically for the sports car fanatic. Its performance is reminiscent of the top of the line sports car, yet it is still extremely fuel efficient. It can go from 0-60 in under 5 seconds (4.8 seconds to be exact). It has a top speed of 160 miles per hour. It also emits tremendously low amounts at 99 grams per kilometer. It has a fuel consumption rating of 70 mpg. This means that it consumes only 3 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometer. This is the most salient feature of this new breed of luxury car.
The i8 is a plug-in hybrid that comes equipped with a high performance 1.5 liter, 3 cylinder combustion engine. This engine packs 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft torque. This monster of a machine works in perfect unison with the other two electric engines. The lithium ion battery can be charged using a power supply. This battery is what enables the car to travel up to 20 miles without any fuel on its tank. The complementary design between sports car elements and ecofriendly environmentalism is what defines the i8.
BMW i8 Cabins loaded with Features
The posh 2-door, 4-seat cabins of the i8 are loaded with comfort features like an automatic AC with 2-zone cooling, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped multi functional steering wheel, smart-key entry and electrically adjustable seats with heating arrangements. The BMW ConnectiveDrive includes 4 top view and side view cameras, BMW Heads-up display and digital instrument display on a 22″ screen. Also there are features like voice control, Harman touch controller, GPS navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and front and rear parking assistance with camera display.
BMW i8 Safety Features :
A lot of safety features are provided for the BMW i8. They include 8 air bags, ABS, EBD, BA, Cornering Brake Control, electric parking brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Hill Assistance and an engine immobiliser.
BMW e-Drive ;
The i8 has a 131 bhp electric motor connected to a chargeable 7.1 KWh Li-Ion battery and a 1.5 litre, 231 bhp petrol engine for powering the vehicle. The total power when both are used comes to 360 bhp and torque 570 NM. When e-Drive is applied the motor gives immediate motion to the car up to a speed of 65 kmph. When more speed is required the petrol engine comes in parallel providing extra power. There are two selectable drive modes; the comfort mode and EcoPro mode. A fuel efficiency of 47.45 kmpl is claimed by the manufacturer.
Facts about BMW i8 ;
Wheel base- 2800 mm, ground clearance- 117 mm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Top speed 250 kmpl
Boot size- 154 litres