BMW i8

Expected Launch
Mid 2015
Expected Price
Rs 1.2 to 1.5 Crore
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BMW i8

With its i Brand of electric vehicles, BMW has taken a huge step in the world of new automotive technologies. It will soon make a statement in India too. But it’s not the i3 electric compact hatchback that we are about to see soon. To promote its new brand, the German automobile company is bringing something much bigger. The market in India will get to see the i8 hybrid sports car (although in very limited number of 7 units) by end of 2014.     Thanks to lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium construction that offsets the weight of hybrid powertrain, the i8 does handle like a genuine sports coupe. BMW is know for its trademark 50:50 weight distribution but what gives this hybrid its unique dynamics is that the essence of all weight is within the wheelbase and it is skewed right down the floor of the carbon-fibre body shell. The kerb weight of i8 according to BMW is 1490 kg - by standards of sports cars this is not very light but the way the manufacturer has managed weight distribution is admirable. Ultra light bits have been used at the top while keeping the heavy ones down and this gives the i8 its wonderfully low centre of gravity.    This plug-in hybrid sports coupe uses a 96 kilowatt (129 bhp) electric motor at the front. And a 228 bhp churning, 1.5 litre three-cylinder twin turbo charge petrol engine has been mounted in the middle to drive the rear wheels.    The stretched kidney grille of the low slung i8 gives it that distinct BMW identity while also making the car aerodynamic. A layered impact is created at the rear by the sharply cut haunches and flying buttresses. The butterfly doors swing open to expose the loaded cabin. Interiors bear a futuristic look and there’s the familiar iDrive controller along with a gear selector. BMW i8 is the first production car that has toughened Gorilla glass – the kind that is used for mobile phones and tablets – for the rear screen. This helps in sound insulation and it is also scratch resistant.    Lack of optimal infrastructure still prevents India from being an ideal market for sports cars but the i8 will get its seven buyers here. To charge up this high tech hybrid though, the affluent owners will also have to prepare garages with dedicated power outlets. 

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BMW i8

BMW i8

Expert rating : 7/10
The concept for this plug-in hybrid was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and the BMW i8 is now in its production stage. What made the car noticeable was its eccentric styling that has been transformed from concept to reality without significant changes.  The 1.5 litre, 3 cylinder BM....Read More

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