Following Audi, BMW announced that from the autumn of 2014 it will offer headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept, as an option, on the new i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. As expected, the new laser light will offer a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Moreover, laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes.
According to BMW, the size of the reflector surface can be reduced by a factor of up to ten vs. LED light. Furthermore, the height of the reflector was reduced from the previous 9 cm to less than 3 cm. If you don’t know, the light produced by the laser headlamp is also extremely bright, similar to daylight, and is perceived by the human eye as pleasant.
The BMW i8 is the world’s first production vehicle to feature this innovative light technology. Thanks to the new laser lights, the BMW i8 will be able to have a high beam range of up to 600 metres, which means more than double comparing it with the modern LED high beam. For those interested in the new BMW i8, you’d better know that this new German sports car comes with a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that delivers 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.
This petrol engine is combined with an electric drive system and a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged at a standard household power socket. The electric motor found on the i8 delivers 131 hp (96 kW) and 350 Nm of torque. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque.
With these numbers, the BMW i8 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. Using just the electric motor, the BMW i8 has a range of up to 35 km (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Average fuel consumption is just 2.5 liters/100 km, while CO2 emissions are less than 59 grams per km. the BMW i8 has a price of $136,625 in the United States, while in Germany it costs €126,000.