Priced from £99,895 the first BMW i8 cars will be delivered to customers in June 2014.
The four-wheel drive BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid powered by a 231 hp / 320 Nm three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a 131 hp / 250 Nm hybrid synchronous electric motor. In pure electric mode the i8 is capable of a top speed of 75 mph with a range of 23 miles. The top speed increases to 155 mph with both engines engaged.
The i8 is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds with an EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. Although the EU test cycle are provided to make comparisons to other cars, take the morning commute with the i8 with a fully charged battery can achieve 56 mpg around town. If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving then more than 40 mpg is still achievable. Even with longer-distances at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption above 35 mpg imp. Overall, the fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid model therefore works out around 50 per cent better than that of conventionally powered sports car models.Published 11 March 2014