Get ready to behold a new miraculous hybrid supercar from BMW!
The BMW i8 comes on sale this July and it promises to be a revolutionary auto in its class. It's an ideal car for those who want to own a perfectly balanced blend of luxury, speed and environment-friendly vehicle.
The newcomer combines the performance of a sports car with the stunning looks that will make the jaws drop. It's an innovative machine that can be called a progressive driving pleasure as it takes the best features of its predecessors yet has a unique traits of its own that will leave nobody indifferent. It's designed to take your breath away from its both stylish appearance like you haven't seen before and efficiency on the road.
Critics consider it to be even more innovative than its rivals – the hybrid supercars we know like the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari who all use electric motors to aid large-capacity petrol engines. It beats them all, and besides a dual chassis made from aluminium and carbonfibre, the BMW i8 boasts a tiny turbocharged three-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels and a separate electric motor to power the front ones.
The result is much more efficiency than the monsterous engines in its competitors, yet it puts a great performance: 60mph from rest comes in around 4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155mph. It surely is a credit to BMW’s engineering skills.
Basem Wasef in Wired (acknowledged Automotive & Motorcycle Journalist) concludes about it: ''exceptionally well-executed, high-performance'' car with '' really ''thrilling'' looks. Well, he should know.
See its characteristics for yourselves:
Engine: 1,499cc plus 96kW motor
Power: 228bhp at 5,800rpm
Acceleration: 0-62mph: 4.4 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
Fuel consumption: 135mpg
CO2 emissions: 49g/km
For now the BMW i8 is essentially unique in the plug-in hybrid sports car segment, though the prediction is that it's not for long now, as its key competitors, the traditional gas-powered sports cars such as the Audi R8, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Maserati GranTurismo and the Porsche 911 GT3 are launching their cars on the automotive arena soon.