2017 BMW i8
DESTINATION : FUTURE
On the outside: low, impossibly sleek, bristling with aerodynamic shapes sculpted from strong, ultralight carbon fibre. On the inside: you’re surrounded in the cool glow of ambient lighting and the richest of sustainable materials. This is the sports car of the future. It’s an innovative combination of advanced electric drive and combustion engine technologies with BMW performance. This is the BMW i8.
In reinventing a new way to drive with the BMW i8, BMW i takes a revolutionary approach to vehicle architecture: BMW LifeDrive. It divides the vehicle framework into two separate units: the Life Module and Drive Module. Containing the front and rear drivetrain components, the Drive Module is built from lightweight aluminum. The Life Module, housing the driver and passengers, is constructed from high-strength carbon-fibrereinforced plastic (CFRP). This allows the i8 to be as light as possible without sacrificing strength and rigidity. Lighter, more responsive and more agile. Now we can add one more attribute to the definition of a sports car – efficiency.
SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT. EXPAND THE ENJOYMENT.
The BMW i8’s eDrive technology combines the strengths of an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine to produce thrilling power and environmentally friendly efficiency. Set the Driving Experience Control to the driving mode of your moment and mood. In eDrive mode, you can drive the i8 for up to 24 km at a maximum speed of 120 km/h solely on electric power. Beyond that, the electric motor teams up with the TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine to provide outstanding fuel economy in eco pro mode, relaxed efficiency in comfort mode and exhilarating performance in sport mode.
BMW 360? ELECTRIC
With BMW 360º ELECTRIC products and services, your BMW i8 can be charged up wherever you go. Charge at home via the standard charging cable or opt for a BMW i Charging Station to fully recharge in less than 2 hours (depending on local electricity infrastructure and selected optional BMW i Charging Station for 80 percent of full load capacity). When on the road, 360º ELECTRIC employs ChargeNow mobility services to assist in searches for charging-equipped parking spaces. While charging, stay connected with the BMW i Remote App. Monitor battery level, charging status, interior temperature or locate your vehicle right from your smartphone or compatible device. Convenience, comfort and confidence with you wherever you travel.
BALANCE OF POWER
The BMW i8 combines an electric motor with an internal-combustion engine for unparalleled power and performance. The electric motor drives the front wheels, while the TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine drives the rear. Working in concert, these two power systems deliver breathtaking all wheel drive cornering with a combined output of 362 hp with 420 lb-ft of torque. This power is delivered instantly, launching the i8 from 0–100 km/h in a breathtaking 4.4 seconds.
Every detail of the BMW i8 works toward channeling airflow for greater efficiency. The streamflow design of the vehicle’s rear wing generates significant aerodynamic downforce to help provide a confident feel all the way up to the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. From front to back, the BMW i8 is dedicated to reducing drag by employing BMW EfficientDynamics active ventilation technology, opening and closing air vents to provide additional cooling and improve aerodynamics.
PREPARE FOR LAUNCH
The BMW i8 is, as are all BMWs, a driver’s car. Designed to become as much a part of you as you are of it, the interior fits like a glove. From the leather/cloth seats produced with sustainable processes, to the full LCD display screens and available Head-up Display, this is where the driving experience takes on a whole new dimension.
SOME TECHNICAL DATA
BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine + eDrive electric motor
Output of 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h in 4.4 sec.
Range of 205 km
Fuel consumption of 8.4 L/100 km in city and 8.1 L/100 km on highway
Available exterior colours
Ionic Silver Metallic, BMW i Frozen Blue accent
Protonic Blue Metallic, BMW i Frozen Grey accent
Crystal White Pearl, BMW i Frozen Grey accent
Sophisto Grey Metallic, BMW i Frozen Grey accent
Crystal White Pearl, BMW i Frozen Blue accent
Sophisto Grey Metallic, BMW i Frozen Blue accent