BMW i8 Hybrid Sports Car Headed for Frankfurt Show

published: 2011-08-10 15:34 | editor: | category: News

BMW is apparently planning to showcase a i8 hybrid concept sports carwith a top speed of 250 km/h, according to a report in Germany's auto-motor-sport magazine.

Like the smaller i3 the sports car is built according to the modular system with lightweight CFK materials. A modified i3 electric motor with an output of 96 kW is fitted to the front axle. At the rear a 1.5 litre three cylinder engineprovides another 260 kW in power, accelerating the i8 from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The top speed of 250 km/h is electronically regulated.

Driving on zero-emission electric drive the range is at 35 kilometres. The lithium-ion battery pack takes some two hours to charge. Using a combination of the two driving modes consumption is at 2.7 litres of fuel.

Apart from its flat design and large glass areas that reminds one of the Vision Efficient Dynamics study, the front end is marked by full LED headlights and pronounced BMW kidney grille. The interior is a variation of the i3 cockpit with numerous entertainment modules.

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