BMW i8 hybrid sports car is the second model of environmentally friendly sub-brand “i” from the Bavarian automaker after a compact urban hatchback BMW i3. The world premiere took place on both models at the Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2013. But if the new i3 was completely declassified before the exhibition, the design of the production version sports two-doors with the landing formula 2+2 was kept secret until recently. But the company announced in advance most of the technical information on the model.

Configuration and price BMW i8 2016.

Equipment Price Engine Transmission Drive
i8 $141,900 Hybrid 1.5 (362 hp) Automatic (6) full

Overall length of the BMW i8 is 4689 mm (size of the wheelbase – 2800), width – 1942, height – 1293, and the curb weight is 1490 kg. For the sake of losing weight chassis and body panels model made of aluminum monocoque consists entirely of carbon fiber, and instead of the usual glass installed ultrathin (0.7mm) chemically reinforced counterparts. Externally, the production version of the BMW 8 ah largely overlaps with their concept, first shown in summer 2011. The car put on a large 20-inch wheels, “shod” in the dimension of tires 195 / 50R20 front and 215 / 45R20 – rear door and kept the structure in which its opening comes up. It is also equipped with an optional hybrid laser head optics, which is 70% more powerful LEDs and provides a pleasant white light.
The movement leads BMW i8 hybrid propulsion system, which consists of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo power of 231 hp (320 Nm), 131-hp electric motor (250 Nm), two transmissions and a set of lithium-ion batteries, located in the center of the floor, allowing engineers to achieve the ideal weight distribution between the axles in a 50:50 ratio. In this internal combustion engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, and electric engine put dual-band transmission.
The driver can choose from three modes of operation of the power plant: Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport. The most economical maximum cruising range up to 500 km, and pure electric BMW i8 is able to overcome 35 kilometers at a speed of up to 120 km/h. Among other things, it helps to save fuel as well thought-out aerodynamics – the drag coefficient is 0.26.
In addition, the hybrid BMW i8 already in the database features mechatronic chassis that allows electronics to change the operating mode of the active shock absorbers, electromechanical power steering, transmission and throttle. European sales of new products launched in 2014 at a price of 126,000 euros in Germany. Our price BMW ah August 2015 is $141,900, but the cost is already included in the package Pure Impulse (in Europe, he asked for 19,000 euros).
Last Including headlights with automatic high beam, a projection display, a special trim, electrically adjustable front seats, a Harman Kardon sound system with 11 speakers, large capacity fuel tank, Dye black brake calipers and 20-inch wheels. At the end of 2013th German manufacturer has confirmed plans to release an open modified BMW i8 Spyder, which will receive the same technical stuffing of a coupe, but its production will start only in late 2015.