After we saw the Bmw i3 Concept it’s time to take a look at the all-new i8 Concept. Bmw say that the new car is powered by a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine capable to deliver 164 kW (220 hp)/300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Moreover, the Bmw I8 Concept has also an electric motor capable to power the car on its own.
The I8 Concept is capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined. The combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) and average customer fuel consumption of between five and seven litres per 100 kilometres (40.4 – 56.5 mpg imp).
Using only the electric motor, the Bmw i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres (approx. 20 miles), which means that a large proportion of short everyday journeys can therefore be completed with zero emissions. The electric motor is found on the front axle and is capable to recoup maximum energy every time the driver brakes, while a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine charges the battery.
Regarding the design, the i8 Concept features upward- swivelling doors fixed to the A-pillars and a series of air inlets allow the air to flow through and around the vehicle. Moreover, the electric motor found on the front axle and the combustion engine at the rear are connected by an “energy tunnel”, which houses the high-voltage battery. This means that the car has a low centre of gravity and that it is more stable at higher speeds.
Finally, there’s a car that understands dynamics more than anything. The BMW i8 concept vehicle’s interior and exterior give off an impression of dynamic style and functionality.
For those in the know, the i8 and the i3 used the very same concept in layering and colour scheme. The i8 concept employed the Porcelain White for the structure, the Black for the technical components and of course the Stream Blue for the centre console and accessories panel while the Mocha Brown was used for the leather interior.
Basically, the earth tone, which makes up the majority of the interior, gives the BMW i8 Concept a very warm ambience. It just blends perfectly with the lighting and the rest of the layer of colours to add another dimension of style.
However, the i8 Concept’s display and control panels and even the air vents are undeniably more charming when sitting next to its sibling. Judging from the strategically placed accessories, the i8 model obviously offers a more “driver-centric” appeal. For one thing, the 3D display is clearer and delivers up-to-the-minute information to the person behind the wheel.
The layering of interiors also serves more convenience to the driver. The new concept design ensures all the driving functions are within an arm’s reach. Evidently, the parking brakes, start-stop button as well as the lever for the gearshift are already placed at the centre console.
Meanwhile, the Audio system, Climate Control Unit and iDrive controller in LED touchscreen are positioned at the centre to give equal access to the driver and the front passenger. In every sense, the extremely low placement of passenger seats along with the longitudinal structure visible on the clear roof makes the BMW i8 look highly futuristic.