You may already know about the so-called ‘laser headlights war’ between Audi and BMW, which started between the two manufacturers when Audi launched the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept at the 2014 CES.
For those who don’t know, when Audi launched its concept BMW said on its Instagram account that if they wanted to show a concept car with laser headlights they had to bring their Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept presented back in 2011.
Everything seemed to end when Audi unveiled the R8 LMX as the world’s first production car equipped with laser high beams. Although BMW announced that it will offer laser headlights on the i8 this Autumn, the Bavarian carmaker delivered the first eight i8 cars to their customers, each using the laser-powered headlights.
This means that BMW became the first carmaker in the world to launch a production car fitted with laser-powered headlights. So, the ‘laser headlights war’ ended with BMW taking a remarkable victory.
Besides the new laser headlights, each BMW i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. In addition, there is an electric motor that generates 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque.
While the petrol engine delivers the power to the rear wheels, the electric motor sends the hp to the front wheels. With a total output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, the hybrid system pushes the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. Meanwhile, fuel consumption is less than 2.5 liters/100 km or over 113 mpg.