The BMW i8 offers an entirely new take on what a sports car should be, and is set to revolutionise the sector.
Plug-in hybrid technology has enabled the creation of a vehicle that's incredibly sporty and has the performance to match, yet remains economical at the same time.
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A number of active and passive safety features help to protect driver and passengers.The car's high-strength carbon fibre body has been specifically designed to protect the car's occupants in the even of a collision, while also ensuring the lithium-ion high-voltage battery avoids damage.
A colour head-up display projects important information directly onto the windscreen, including the vehicle's speed and ay relevant traffic signs, helping the driver to maintain concentration at all times. Also available is cameras located around the i8 to detect potential objects in the car's path, before braking automatically if it senses that a collision is imminent.
A streamlined silhouette, wide stance and low centre of gravity ensure the BMW i8 is a supercar that can't fail to turn heads.
It sports a long wheelbase and short overhangs, alongside striking features such as adaptive LED headlights, daytime running lights and the iconic double kidney grillle.
Central to the car's design is its lightweight construction, made possible through the innovative use of materials such as aluminium, carbon fibre and thermoplastic.
Remarkable diherdral doors that swing u[wards when opened ensure the i8 is immediately recognisable. The sporty character of the car continues into the interior with its low seating position and driver-focused cockpit.
Carbon fibre finishers serve as a reminder of the vehicle's lightweight construction, while sustainable materials such as plastic from recycled drinks bottles are used throughout.
A range of ambient lighting settings mean it's simple to alter the feel of the interior to match your mood.
The sporty yet efficient character of the BMW i8 is all down to the manufacturer's eDrive technology. This sees an agile electric motor fitted alongside a TwinPower turbo charged 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine.
The result is a car that's capable of providing 231bhp, maximum torque of 320Nm and reaching 60mph from a standing start in less than 4.4 seconds. C02 emissions are kept as low as 49g/km, while the efficient set-up means excellent fuel economy of up to 134.5mpg.
Switching between various driving modes, including COMFORT, ECO PRO and SPORT, is possible via the eDrive button. If required, the i8 is capable of travelling for up to 23 miles using electric power alone.
A considerable number of technology features and driver aids come fitted as standard, including DAB digital radio, Bluetooth® connectivity, BMW's iDrive Touch Controller and satellite navigation.
|Vehicle length||4689 mm / 184.6 in|
|Vehicle width||1942 mm / 76.4 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1298 mm / 51.1 in|
|Wheelbase||2800 mm / 110.2 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1560 kg / 3439 lb|
|Engine Capacity||1499 cc|
|Max Torque||320 nm @ 3700 rpm|
|Max Power||170 kW @ 5800 rpm|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 4.4 sec|
|Combined Cycle||113 g/km|