BMW dismisses rumors of an M version of the i8

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 19, 2014

The BMW i8 was introduced in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) and made quite a buzz among petrol heads. Since its introduction, several media reports said that BMW’s M GmbH is planning an even more powerful version that was dubbed the M8. Today, the head of BMW M GmbH Carsten Preis ended those rumors by saying that the company is not planning an M version of the i8.

Apparently, the reason is simple: the BMW i8 was designed from scratch as a hybrid sports car and the carmaker is not planning to put a V8 engine under its hood. BMW believes that anyone can make a sports car powered by a V6 or a V12 engine that has a fuel consumption of over 20l/100 km but making a sports car that needs only 2 l/100 km is something different.

BMW tried to use a V8 or a 6-cylinder engine in the prototypes of the i8 but due to cooling problems, heat generation and the weight it decided to use the new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine. However, BMW is expected to offer a cheaper version of the i8 but there aren’t any details regarding this vehicle.

BMW is currently using the knowledge from the i8 to help Lexus developing the second-generation LFA supercar. According to Best Car, the new Lexus LFA will use the hybrid technology from the BMW i8, which means we could see an impressive plug-in hybrid supercar.

For those who don’t know, the BMW i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that generates 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. In addition, there is an electric motor that adds 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque, which brings the total output delivered by the car to 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque.

The Bmw i8 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. The BMW i8 has an average fuel consumption of just 2.5 liters/100 km (113 mpg) and emits only 59 g/km of CO2.

Using just the electricity from the lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 has a range of 35 km or 22 miles and a top speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph. Using both the petrol engine and the electric motor, the BMW i8 offers a range of over 500 km or 310 miles.

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