BMW i8

Not much time has passed when the German auto major showcased its unique innovation of BMW i8 to the Indian audience. The car was featured at Auto Expo 2014 and was inaugurated by the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar along with the company officials. BMW boasts of its new design as a plug-in hybrid sportscar and has not left any stone unturned to accomplish the same in the car's performance, exterior as well as interior. This new innovation was first unveiled as a prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and interestingly, was also displayed in the Hollywood blockbuster flick Mission Impossible 4, starring Tom Cruise. At the recent auto fiesta, the car left the audience spell-bound by its charms. Auto connoisseurs from all over the world appreciated this hybrid sportscar for its dynamic looks and stunning specifications. It is expected that BMW i8 will be brought to the Indian auto market at the end of 2014 via Completely Built Unit (CBU) route. In such a case, the car would be bearing a hefty price tag, which is expected to be somewhere around Rs. 1.25 crore – Rs. 1.50 crore. Before divulging any more information further, let’s try to explore the brilliance of this car.

Engine & Specification of BMW i8

The hybrid car from the German auto giant will get transformed into a speed cruiser with the incorporation of a brute turbocharged petrol engine of 1.5-litre capacity. The mill will be developing a decent power output of almost 234 bhp with a peak torque of around 320 Nm. Combined with a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion electric motor, which produces an efficient 131 bhp of power output, the total power delivered to the car will be ranging up to nearly 360 bhp. The unique amalgamation of Twin power Turbo and eDrive technology from the company's think tank will help in making BMW i8 an authentic road buster.

The 4-wheel drive car features a modernised chassis that allows proper torque distribution for a better on-road performance. It features a dual-wishbone front axle with a five link rear and both are connected by the, so called, energy tunnel, which further contains the battery. The provision of optional charging allows the battery to charge in almost 2 hours by an electric cable connected to the conventional socket.

Performance of BMW i8

Coming to the performance aspect of BMW i8, the hybrid sportscar will be able to reach the 0-100 kmph mark in a minuscule 4.4 seconds. Furthermore, it has the capacity to blister the pathways with a top speed of almost 250 kmph. The car also promises a better fuel efficiency of less than 2.5-litre per every 100 km.

Exterior, Interior & Safety of BMW i8

The German car giant has brought its Vision Efficient Dynamics Philosophy to perfection by creating a flawless outlook of this car. To onlookers, the BMW i8 seems like a magnet, which is constantly tempting them to behold and admire it. The beauty of this car lies in the mixture of intelligence and creativity of the company's innovative minds. The entire layout is strengthened by carbon and aluminium components, thus, making it nimble and swift. The car’s front fascia features a dual grille that comprises two air-intakes for enhanced aerodynamics. The sturdy looks at the front perfectly match the chiselled artistry on the sides, giving it a sporty disguise. The front headlamps consist LEDs and optional high-beam headlights will also be available with the laser light technology.

At the interiors, the car has been given a sporty yet luxurious touch as the material composition employed inside is exclusive. In accordance with the selection of equipment used at the interiors, prospective buyers can chose from the three trims of BMW i8 – Halo, Neso and Carpo. While the Neso will be equipped with the standard features of sporty leather upholstery and other necessary controls, the Halo and Carpo trims will allow people to customise their cars. The 2+2 seating arrangement of the car is specially designed by using LifeDrive architecture and can comfortably accommodate 4 passengers. The car is made technically advanced at the inside and includes features of multi-functional front panel with iDrive computer system technology. This provision comprises basic consoles of air conditioner, infotainment system, navigation and communication system. This car will also be including the option of an integrated SIM card for easy access to mobile services. The steering is specially tailored and has all the necessary consoles mounted over it.

In terms of safety of passengers, BMW i8 ensures complete security under any dire circumstances. The features of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Start-off Assistance, Brake Standby, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Fading Compensation will allow maximum safety to avoid any adversity. The car also includes multiple airbags, inertia-reel seatbelts, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ConnectedDrive system as further safety features.


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