BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar
Freshly unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the i8 plug-in hybrid is the latest piece of auto gold from German carmaker BMW. A 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine which pumps out 231 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque via a 6-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels is complimented by a second electric motor which sends out a further 131 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque through a two-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. This means drivers will have 362 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque to play with once all-wheel drive is engaged, providing an acceleration speed of 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. The i8 is economical as well, doing 94 miles per gallon and will fully charge in less than four hours, connected to a 110-volt outlet, or 1.5 hours at a BMW Charging Station. Like other recent BMW models, drivers of the i8 will have the option of utilizing the car’s Driving Experience Control to activate the Sport or Eco Pro settings or return to the default Comfort setting. Activating the eDrive button will put the car into EV mode. The i8 will retail at $135,925 USD, arriving in the US early next year.
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