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The New Sports Car BMW i8

         BMW i8,  The new generation   sports car of future from BMW uses a 1.5 litre, three cylinder and engine borrowed from new generation Mini Cooper hatchback. The mighty engine of i8 series develops substantial power and is placed transversely on the rear axle mated to a six-speed auto box directing power to rear wheels. While the electrical motor sits ahead adding to the huge power output, drive is channelized to front wheels via a 2 stage automatic unit. BMW’s hybrid sports car i8 is  the highest selling plug in hybrid sports car within the world chipping in good numbers monthly globally. Launched in India in 2015, the hybrid sports car was introduced in international markets much before in 2014 and is currently being retailed at Rs 2.14 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) in Indian market.

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               Any open-top needs that intoxicating combination to work. And so albeit we arrived to the line-up of cars under a really cloudy sky that threatened imminent rain, i used to be still excited to fold down the roof and get going. The BMW i8 has already been hailed for it extremely futuristic, leading edge design and technology. And even when a Spyder concept was shown, the corporate had no intention of building one because it was seen as being just too expensive to develop. I know you probably have a hard time believing this – just like I did – that when the first i8 was created there was no plan or intention to also subsequently do a convertible version of that coupe. But now I can believe it, as I even have been taken through the work administered to make this open-top version. And how costs were kept in restraint to form the project feasible. So consider the i8 Roadster as a replacement model, instead of a replacement body style or variant offering, and you will not be wrong says BMWi. The new Roadster looks equally as sexy because the coupe, if anything it’s sexier. And my test car proved that amply – not only because it wearing the new E-Copper metallic paintwork, but even its car place told the planet what it was – M EV 8826E. Electric vehicle (well hybrid anyway) and sexy! As coincidences go, that’s a good one

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BMW i8 Exteriors

The revolutionary design is marked by i8’s low stance that blends well with the wide low slung bonnet featuring sharp creases. BMW’s signature kidney-shaped grille is flanked by long pulled back head lamps. Side profile gets tapering glass work and prominent character lines with supporting creases. Rear has a futuristic design lending individuality to the sports car.

BMW i8 Interiors

Ingress via butterfly doors leads to the sporty cabin that comes with a low dashboard and low roofline. The futuristic approach is sort of evident inside the cabin; an outsized monitor sits on the highest of the petite centre console that flows seamlessly into the long floor console. Offering space for four people, i8 cabin has enough room and packs in avant-garde features.

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BMW i8 Engine Specifications & Transmission

Powering the hybrid sports car may be a 1.5 litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine producing 231hp of power and 320Nm of torque. Mated to a six-speed auto gearbox, the facility is directed to rear axle and there’s an electrical motor ahead putting out 131hp and 250Nm. A two stage auto box is synced to the electrical motor that channelizes power to front wheels.

BMW i8 Features

Exterior features on board include electrically adjustable ORVMs with automatic anti-dazzle function, heat protecting glazing, LED headlamps with extended contents, locking wheel bolts, rain sensor and automatically activated driving lights. Cabin offers foldable front armrest with integrated storage compartment, automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control, multifunction sports steering electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat among others.

BMW i8 Performance & Mileage

With an accrued output of 362hp and 570Nm, i8 propels to 100kmph mark within 4.4 seconds. In all electric mode, the vehicle offers top speed of 120km/h and is claimed to hide 37 km of range.

BMW i8 Accessories & Infotainment

Among the plethora of high-end features i8 offers, 4-side view and side view cameras with object recognition, BMW Apps. Head-Up display, extended Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice control, office functions and contact photo display, HiFi loudspeaker system Harman Kardon, navigation system professional with 3D maps and iDrive touch controller with handwriting recognition with 26cm full colour display etc are included.

BMW i8 Braking & Handling

Braking features aboard are anti-lock-braking system, cornering brake control, electric hand brake and dynamic stability control including traction control.

BMW i8 Safety & Security

The hybrid sports car gets airbags in front for driver and front passenger, head bags are provided for all four outer seats and side bags for driver and co-passengers.

BMW i8 Wheels & Tyres

20 inch alloy wheels are shod with large tyres measuring 195/50mm & 215/45mm ahead and 215/45 & 245/40 at rear.

BMW i8 Competition

The high priced sports car segment in India has only a few contenders and BMW i8 faces competition from Audi R8.

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