AN ELECTRIC CONCEPT
BMW i8 electric hybrid coupe
The BMW i8 Coupe is, by motoring standards, getting on in years. The original concept was floated about as early as 2009 and, in 2011, graced the silver screen in At the time, it was sleek and futuristic, a cool-looking but fanciful and unattainable concept car. And yet the production version debuted in 2014, looking almost identical to the screen version; a concept car that could be ordered at the dealership.
The new i8 has a slightly updated facade, but otherwise has barely changed. This is a good thing as it remains drop-dead gorgeous. Its lines and styling remain innovative today, while its silhouette and stance are still every inch that of an athletic sports car. The underlying platform also remains familiar: a rear-mounted, turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission, mated to an electric motor on the front axle. The electric aspect has received a small upgrade, with the battery’s capacity increased and output upped by 12bhp. The total combined output is now 374bhp, capable of sending the i8 from 0-100km/hr in just 4.4 seconds.
Between its layout, powertrain and aesthetics, there is nothing else quite like the i8 on the market today. As electric hybrids and charging infrastructure become more commonplace, it is also more relevant.
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