The BMW i8 is certainly not a new name but it seems that the Germans needed about three years to take the plug-in hybrid sports car from the drawing board to customers. We’ve talked for the first time about the new BMW i models back in 2011. Last year, the carmaker officially unveiled the new BMW i8 but the first models were delivered this week.
The company organised a special ceremony in Germany, first BMW i8 units being handed to the clients.
BMW also focuses on the laser headlights and say that they are “the first manufacturer worldwide to offer totally new laser-powered headlights in a production vehicle”.
As a reminder, the new BMW i8 sports a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor for a total output of 362 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain provides a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4,4 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. These are pretty standard supercar figures but the fuel economy number are impressive.
The BMW i8 averages 2,1 liters/100 km or 134,5 mpg UK. The lithium-ion battery pack provides a zero-emission range of 37 kilometers.