The BMW I8 concept had been floating around car blogs for a year, but yesterday BMW pulled the sheet off to reveal the production model for the highly anticipated hybrid supercar. What we saw was suprisingly similar to the concept model no one thought would ever hit the production floor. A strikingly sleek body, with the bright blue accents that we thought would be scrapped during mass production remain. The wing (lambo) doors we’re kept and the rear wing spoilers remain exact. Though some restraints we’re put on this model, it’s astonishingly similar to it’s concept.
The most exciting part of the production i8 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The coupe is powered by a 1.5 liter, turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine paired with a BMW eDrive electric drive system. The gas motor belts 231 horsepower, powering the rear wheels of the i8, while the 131-horsepower electric motor is channeled to the front wheels. The I8 hits 0 to 62 miles-per-hour time of 4.4 seconds, and an all-electric range of up to 22 miles at a top speed of 75 mph. All for the estimated retail price of $135,700.
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