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.
35 km on Li-ion battery, 33.27 kmpl fuel efficiency on petrol engine, 220 hp, 300 Nm, 0-100 kmph in less than 5 seconds
Monster... :)October 04, 2012by Piyush
my future carOctober 02, 2012by Ayush Paikrao
i thick this type of car not possible on india's roadOctober 01, 2012by Pritam Kumar
what a car...........October 01, 2012by Vinay
who are you?September 22, 2012by Rahul Sharma
were so thrilled so cool !! as ummmm!!September 21, 2012by Mohini
nice car wooooooooo oooooooooo oooooooooo ooooooooSeptember 21, 2012by AJAY KUMAR SHARMA
so hot........September 20, 2012by Chandravadan
awsmeeeeeeeeeeee,nice lukkkkkkking n dashinggggggggggg car............September 10, 2012by Sanskriti Singh
Luxury BMW i8
what a car? but where are the roads? fuel efficient oh yes, beautiful, awesome oh yes, but what about the price?September 07, 2012by Ramesh Grewal
awesome inside look....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.September 01, 2012by Gobikannan
wheater this could be able to travel for long drive and the maintainance of this should be more complexJuly 14, 2012by Nirmal
NOT CAAAR ITS HAHAAKARJuly 12, 2012by Sunil Pal
WHAT'S CARRRRJuly 05, 2012by PRIYANK
what is the price?January 07, 2012by Rahul
We don't have roads in India to drive this car.January 03, 2012by Hari
awesome lookNovember 09, 2011by Shakti Prasad Panda
TO EARLY TO COMMENT WITHOUT SPECIFICATION DETAILS.November 03, 2011by Dimple
cal upNovember 01, 2011by Udhi
News for BMW i8
Jul 24, 201415:27 IST by Aditya Chatterjee
After rolling out 7 Series ActiveHybrid in India yesterday, Bavarian auto giant BMW is now eyeing to bring its i-series in India. Officials at BMW have confirmed launch of BMW i8 plug-in hybrid...
Jun 07, 201417:49 IST by Roger Dsouza
Luxury auto maker held a grand event on June 5th, 2014 in Munich to hand over initial eight units of i8 sports car to eight customers. By commencing delivery of initial variants of new i8 sports...
May 29, 201418:05 IST by Roger Dsouza
BMW has planned a string of launches for the Indian car market, after BMW X5’s grand launch on May 29, 2014, the company is gearing up to roll out new models in the domestic market. The...
Mar 25, 201417:39 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
BMW will begin production of i8 hybridsupercarfrom April 2014, deliveries will however commence from June this year. The hybridsupercarwill first be made available for sale in European auto...
Mar 13, 201417:56 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
In 2013, the German luxury car maker, BMW had proclaimed that the new entrant in the hybrid sportscar segment, i8 was sold out for a year after the vehicle was revealed officially. Recently, the...
Feb 07, 201417:00 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
The much talked about BMW i8 has been finally unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo event in Delhi by world renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. The car being a hybrid, also features in the list for top...
Jan 16, 201411:59 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
With the Indian Auto Expo getting closer, car manufacturers has started revealing their lineups to be showcased at the event. The German luxury carmaker, BMW has revealed its plans for the...
Nov 19, 201210:04 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
Hollywood actress Uma Thurman upped the glam quotient at the unveiling ceremony of BMW's i8 Concept Roadster hybrid vehicle at the 'Born Electric' World Tour event, which was held on...
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Nov 15, 201213:21 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
BMW Group, the well appreciated German automobile maker, has unveiled two enticing models of its 'BMW-i Born Electric' concept vehicle range as part of its ongoing world tour event held in...
Apr 03, 201211:58 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
BMW recently showcased its i8 Concept Spyder, which followed on the pathway of BMW i3 Concept and the BMW i8 Concept Coupe. The i8 Concept Spyder is considered as the third concept car, developed...
Nov 19, 201111:52 IST by Vikas Yogi
Luxury car maker BMW, has unveiled futuristic hybrid concepts i3 and i8 at the LA Auto Show on November 16, 2011. Both of these models are much awaited among the hybrid and electric car enthusiasts...
Sep 13, 201110:26 IST by Vikas Yogi
The forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show will witness exhibition of as many as 6 new car models of Germany based leading luxury car maker BMW. The Motor Show at Frankfurt is scheduled to start from 15th...
Jul 30, 201110:39 IST by Vikas Yogi
The German luxury car giant, BMW unleashed its much anticipated ‘i’ series futuristic cars i3 and i8, on Friday. These future concept cars are expected to be launched globally in the next...
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