February 04, 2016: Along with new-generation 7-series and X1, BMW has debuted its hybrid sports car, BMW i8 at ongoing 2016 Indian Auto Expo. The BMW i8 is coupled with an electric as well as a petrol engine. The electric drive powers the front wheels and produces a maximum power of 131 hp. While the TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine churns out 231bhp of maximum power. The two units combinely belt out the 362bhp of power output. The car can sprint from scratch to 100kmph in just 4.4 seconds. The power to the rear is transferred through a six-speed automatic gearbox while a two-stage automatic transmission drives the power to the front wheels.
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The high end luxury car maker has officially rolled out its most innovative 'I' series hybrid car in the Indian automobile market. It is none other than BMW i8 that comes with a combination of electric motor and a petrol engine. This vehicle together with both these motors can deliver a mileage of 47.45 Kmpl, which is truly unbelievable. The car maker has designed this sports car in a precise way where its front axle is driven by the electric motor and the rear one gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine. This allows it to accelerate towards 100 Kmph mark in a lightening speed of just 4.4 seconds. The sophisticated vehicle comes with several innovative features that provides an optimized driving experience. Its build includes the electric motor, lithium-ion high-voltage battery and an energy management system. Furthermore, it also features an innovative cooling system that keeps the battery at optimal temperature that improves the performance and its durability. While its intelligent energy management system that join forces with the high voltage battery and turbocharged petrol mill to deliver maximum performance with minimum consumption. On the other hand, this sports car is integrated with an innovative ECO Pro mode that utilizes the energy reserves intelligently and increases the range of mileage by 20 percent. The manufacturer has also incorporated it with a ground-breaking technology featuring a thermo-electrical generator that turns the heat into electricity and charges the battery. Also, it also uses the power coming from brake energy regeneration system and from the turbocharged petrol mill in various driving situations. This masterpiece from the company has an ultra-modern external appearance unlike any other vehicle in the automobile segment. It has exclusive features like U shaped LED headlights featuring special light distribution system for motorway driving. Furthermore, its radiator grille along with rear bumper and side panels are outlined in blue, which further enhances its sporty appeal. Like its exteriors, its interiors too have a breathtaking design that conveys the feel of its uncluttered intelligence. It is offered with 'Neso interior' as standard that features a bright 'Carum Grey' and 'Black' scheme. However, buyers can opt for one of the three interior options including 'Carpo Amido' or a 'Carpo ivory-white' or 'Halo', which uses different color schemes and metallic accents. Currently, this is the only model in its class to compete with itself in the Indian automobile market.
It has a breathtaking external appearance unlike any other in the automobile segment. It has a precisely crafted aerodynamic body structure with 'scissor' doors, which makes it look stunning. This ultra-modern sports car gets all the futuristic cosmetics all over its body, which emphasizes its next-generation appeal. On its front facade, there is a signature kidney bean shaped grille with metallic accents and is outlined in blue. Its also has a sporty dual-tone bonnet featuring scoops and the company's logo. The headlight cluster looks extremely sleeker with black accents, which gives an intimidating look to the frontage. It is further equipped with 'U' shaped LED headlights along with daytime running lights. Like its bonnet, its front bumper also has a dual tone color scheme and it is housed with a pair of air intake sections. The glossy black accents on this bumper gives it a distinctive look to this facet. The side profile is very sleek, but the wheel arches are extremely large that gives it a sporty look. These fenders bear a stylish set of 20 inch lightweight alloy wheels, which are embedded with company's badge. Coming to its side facet, it has 'Scissor' doors featuring wing mirrors, which are garnished with high gloss black accents. These delightful scissor doors are further embodied with handles, which are concealed to give it an unusual stance. The rear section is even sportier than its front or side facets owing to the dynamic wraps all over. Unlike any other conventional sports car, this car comes with a futuristic design with LED taillights, dynamically designed bumper and several other such aspects. The rear windscreen is quite large and it is accompanied by a shark-fin antenna along with LED third brake lights. The rear bumper also has has blue accents and comes with reflectors along with courtesy lamps. The overall look of this sports car is emphasized by the stylish company's logo, which is embedded below the windscreen.
This luxury sports car comes with a total length of 4689mm along with an impressive width of 1942mm (excluding outside mirrors). It has a total height of just 1298mm and a large wheelbase of 2800mm, which is quite impressive. it also has a front track of 1644mm and a decent rear track of 1576mm.
The interiors of this model series has a distinctive appeal that represents the futuristic yet sporty design adapted by the company. Its dashboard has a layered structure, which compliments the design principle of its interiors. The infotainment screen is mounted on top of the central console that provides touch controls to various functions of this car. The steering wheel has a three spokes, which inherits the design cue of this company. Furthermore, it is covered with premium leather upholstery with blue highlights. Just behind this is the fully digitalized instrument cluster that displays all the essential information related to the speed, battery levels, warning lights and other such aspects. Its cockpit has performance seats, which are further covered in premium quality leather upholstery. It also has two seats at rear, which are suitable for children. Both the front seats in the cockpit are separated by a massive floor console that houses cup holders along with a lot of illuminated control switches. Furthermore, its gearshift lever is made with high strength scratch-resistant zirconium-oxide ceramic material, which enhances the sophisticated appeal of the cabin. Like its exteriors, its interiors also gets a few blue accents, especially on dashboard, door panels, floor console and so on. At the same time, buyers can opt for blue colored seatbelts that compliments its artistic appeal. Like any other conventional car, this one too gets a few utility aspects including cup holders, a large glove box, floor carpets, and front center armrest with stowage compartment.
The manufacturer has graced it with a slew of innovative comfort features, which certainly makes the journey fascinating. Some of the standard features includes a two zone automatic air conditioning system with heater, power steering with tilt function, electrically operated windows, door sill trim covered in carbon styling, interior mirrors with automatic anti dazzling function and instrument cluster with leather trim. Furthermore, it also has aspects like lights package with three ambient lighting design using LEDs, a multi-functional steering wheel and electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support along with memory settings. Furthermore, this model series also gets aspects like storage compartment package, seat heating function for front seats, rain sensing wipers and automatic activation of driving lights. An advanced park distance control system is present for front and rear along with a camera, providing excellent assistance to the driver, especially while maneuvering in tight corners.
This high end sports car has a decent cabin space, wherein the cockpit has a headroom of 983mm and a shoulder space of 1522mm. Its rear cabin comes with a total headroom of 824mm along with a decent shoulder space of 1308mm.
This luxury sedan is unbelievably perkier in terms of acceleration and pickup, as it can breach the 100 Kmph mark in just about 4.4 seconds. Under the electric mode, this sedan reaches the 100 Kmph mark in just 4.5 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 120 Kmph. When both motors are in use, it can achieve a top speed of 250 Kmph, which is impressive.
The automaker has gifted it with an electric motor and a highly powerful 1.5-litre petrol drive-train. Its electric motor has a gross capacity of 7.1 kWh, which is capable of producing a peak power of 128bhp, along with a max torque of 250Nm. This motor is paired to a 2-speed synchro switching steptronic transmission gearbox that powers the front wheels. The rear section houses a 1.5-litre petrol mill that is further incorporated with a twinpower turbo charging unit. It comprises of 3-cylinders and twelve valves, which displaces 1500cc. This power plant is also integrated with a multi-point fuel injection system for better efficiency and minimized fuel consumption. It has the ability to churn out a peak power of 231bhp at 5800rpm in combination with a hammering torque output of 320Nm at just 3700rpm. This car maker has skillfully paired it to a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox that delivers torque output to the rear wheels. On the other hand, both the power-trains together develops a maximum power of 362bhp that yields in a peak torque output of 570Nm, which is quite impressive.
This luxury car comes with a combination of an electric motor and a twin-power turbo petrol train. It takes more than two hours for lithium battery to get fully charged, and when it does, the car can deliver mileage of 37 kilometers. On the other hand, its rear axle is loaded with a 1499cc petrol motor that is integrated with multi-point fuel injection technology. It works in combination with the electric motor to deliver an impressive mileage of 47.45 Kmpl, which is quite impressive. The car comes with a maximum mileage range of 600 kilometers (combined range).
Its electric motor comes with a gross capacity of 7.1 kWh, giving a max power of 128bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. It also has a twin-power turbo-charging unit that enables a commanding power of 231bhp and a torque of 320Nm, which is remarkable.
The model gets most of the BMW ConnectDrive features including the advanced iDrive touch controller that has handwriting recognition system. This system has a 26cm full color, high resolution color display featuring an integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. It also has aspects like BMW apps, a digital instrument cluster with 22cm color display, driving assistance package and extended Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming. It also supports a few office functions and voice recognition system. Furthermore, this latest trim is equipped with a 360W HiFi loudspeaker system designed by Harman Kardon that includes 11 loudspeakers, which delivers high definition sound output.
There are advanced internally vented disc brakes, further loaded with superior brake calipers featuring BMW i Blue accents. This disc braking mechanism is enhanced by the anti lock braking system, cornering brake control system and brake assist function, which delivers best of performance while cornering. On the other hand, this luxury sports car also has a sophisticated chassis technology with dynamic damper control system featuring double-wishbone suspension system at front axle and a five link system on rear axle. This helps the machine to deal with all the jerks caused on roads and sustain a comfortable drive experience. An electric power steering system offers a precise response whether in the city or on highways.
This luxury sports car gets all the innovative safety aspects that ensures maximized protection to the occupants inside. The company has constructed it with carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which is light, stable and enhances the safety of the occupants inside. It also has an advanced traction control programs that monitors the traction of individual wheels and prevents the loss of traction to improve stability. Apart from these, this car has features including acoustic protection for pedestrians, anti theft package with alarm, intelligent LED light system, eight airbags, ABS with brake assist function, dynamic stability control, electric parking brake, ISOFIX child seat mounting, tyre puncture repair kit and warning triangle with first aid kit.
This super hybrid sports car can be adorned with either 'W' spoke styled lightweight rims or 'turbine' styling alloy wheels of size 20-inch. Its front rims are embraced with a set of 215/45 R20 sized tubeless radial tyres, while its rear rims are covered with 245/40 R20 sized tyres.
1. Asserting yet futuristic body structure is its biggest advantage.
2. Fuel economy seems quite impressive.
3. Despite being a hybrid model, it performs exceptionally well.
4. Acceleration and pickup looks remarkable.
5. Comfort and safety features are at par with other models.
1. Rear cabin space is not up to the mark.
2. Cost of maintenance and spares looks quite expensive.
3. Presence of authorized service stations needs to improve.
4. Mileage range of electric motor could be better.
5. Initial cost of ownership is quite high.
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