The second and most powerful model within the i range arrived at the Frankfurt Motor Show with new details regarding production and dates. Of course, we talk about the new BMW i8 hybrid sports car, a model which is able to return impressive fuel economy figures together with good performance, almost the perfect recipe I would say.
The most important information from Frankfurt is that the new BMW i8 will enter the series production in 2013. In terms of powertrain, the German hybrid model packs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine but also an electric motors placed in the front.
The clever hybrid powertrain uses a dual clutch transmission for the petrol engine, a unit which will channel the power to the rear wheels while the twin-speed transmission connects the electric motor to the front axle. The fuel consumption is rated at only 2,7 liters/km while the total output at 349 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque.
With such resources, the new BMW i8 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4,6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 250 km/h. Of course, the price could be the only setback of this innovative model, current rumors announcing a price tag of over $150,000.