Production version of 2014 Bmw i8 revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 3, 2013

The Bmw i8 is one of the most important vehicles that will be presented next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), but it appears that someone didn’t want to wait anymore. As a result, the first photos with the production version of the Bmw i8 emerged today on the web ahead of its official debut that is set to be made on September 10.

As expected, the styling differs considerably from the two previous concept versions but the overall silhouette was kept. The second photo shows the interior and we can see the same thing here. Everything was “normalized” and the i8 interior is inspired from the current Bmw models. Still, the three-spoke steering wheel and the electric speedometer give a futuristic look.

Bmw already announced that the i8 will be powered by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine developing 231 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The gasoline engine delivers all that amount of power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor with 131 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, powers the front wheels. The Bmw i8 has a combined output of 362 hp and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the Bmw i8 will be capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and will reach a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. Fuel consumption will remain low: 2.5 liters/100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of 59 g/km.

In addition, the Bmw i8 will be capable to travel using only electricity and according to the Bavarian manufacturer it will reach a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and will have a maximum range of 22 miles or 35 km.

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