The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid that brings together the advantages of electro mobility and innovative engine technology. The result is an extraordinarily dynamic driving experience, combining impressive efficiency with extremely low CO2 emissions. The BMW i8 is a sports car, reinvented. It’s more efficient, through intelligent lightweight carbon construction and an aerodynamic design. It’s also more sustainable, featuring highly-efficient BMW eDrive technology and the use of recyclable interior materials. Dynamics and a sporty appearance are not compromised, meaning this is a sports car that delivers the optimal combination of driving pleasure and sustainability.
As the first sports car with the fuel efficiency and emission values of a compact car, the BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, bringing the highest efficiency and dynamics to the road. It’s no longer a concept, but fully-charged reality.
The sporty character of the BMW i8 is evident everywhere, thanks to the vehicle’s intelligent drive control system. Its combustion engine and electric drive interact precisely, whilst the exceptional control of all flows of energy result in an optimal combination of efficiency and dynamics.
Through a combination of a streamlined bodyshell, conical shape, low weight and a range of aerodynamically-optimised characteristics, the BMW i8 represents the pinnacle of dynamics.
A streamlined body, striking dynamic shape and low weight, undeniably makes the BMW i8 a thoroughbred sports car. Aerodynamically optimised features ensure that maximum dynamics are combined with optimum efficiency. This extends to almost every feature of the car’s exterior, from its LED rear lights to its alloy wheels which minimise turbulence.
The passenger compartment of the BMW i8 is made of a carbon fibre composite. This is up to 50% lighter than steel and approximately 30% lighter than aluminium, yet with the same highly-stable, crash-safe material properties. The BMW i models are the first vehicles in a large production series to have substantial sections made of this high-tech material.
The unique LifeDrive architecture allows the BMW i8 to distribute its weight optimally across both axles. The electric motor in the front, the petrol engine at the rear and, as the consolidating element, the energy tunnel with built-in high-voltage batteries runs along the centre console through the car. The hybrid technology with the battery at the bottom of the body-shell, combined with the lightweight carbon fibre module above it, ensures ideal weight distribution − and outstanding, sporty handling.
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