It was a couple of days ago when BMW confirmed the production version of the i8 will be shown in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, the Bavarian automaker has released some technical specifications about the hybrid supercar which is being described as the “most progressive sports car of our time”. The vehicle will have a drag coefficient of 0.26 and will provide a 2+2 seating arrangement with naturally tanned leather-wrapped seats. It will ride on 20-inch forged alloys which have been ergonomically optimized. The plug-in hybrid will boast an elongated roof and short overhangs.
Its heart and soul will be a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine generating 231 HP (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It works together with an electric motor outputting 131 HP (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). The conventional engine will motivate the rear axle, while the electric motor will power the front wheels.
With a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm), the BMW i8’s powertrains can work together or independently from one another. When both of them work, the car will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 4.5 seconds, before hitting an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
On electric power it can be driven for up to 22 miles (35 km), while with the conventional engine activated it will return 94 mpg (113 mpg UK or 2.5 liters / 100 km). The BMW i8 will have CO2 emissions of less than 59 g/km.