BMW is feeling in a sharing mood these days, with an abundance of information on the i8 model coming out.
Recently we got the first official pictures of the new German hybrid, and also some numbers on the hybrid solution under the hood.
While numbers alone are impressive indeed, with 362 Hp and and 570 Nm of torque, what really makes it special is the engine that develops it. The new B38 unit is a 3 cylinder engine that displaces 1.5 liters. The displacement is important, as the gasoline engine alone develops 231 Hp, making for 154 Hp per liter.
This is the biggest power output per liter from any BMW engine so far. Since this is a four wheel drive hybrid, BMW decided that the best way to distribute the power is as such: the gasoline engine will take care of the rear axle, while the electric motor will be powering the front one.
In a similar fashion to the BMW i3, the i8 will also benefit from full carbon fiber passenger cell. Other innovations will also be included in the design, one worth mentioning being the gorilla glass, a feature used for the first time on a production vehicle.