BMW i8 and i3 Concepts

BMW i8 and i3 Concepts

The BMW i8 Concept

The electric drive system is a modified version of the system found in the BMW i3 Concept and is mounted above the front axle which is used in combination of a 164kW/220hp, 400Nm three-cylinder combustion engine at the rear.

Published 29 July 2011 Staff

The BMW i8 Concept 2+2 seater aims to offer the enjoyment and driveability of a standard sports car, combined with sustainability of a plug-in hybrid.

The electric drive system is a modified version of the system found in the BMW i3 Concept and is mounted above the front axle which is used in combination of a 164kW/220hp, 400Nm three-cylinder combustion engine at the rear. Working together, the two drive systems allow for 0-62mph acceleration in under 5 seconds and fuel consumption of around 94mpg.

The lithium-ion battery can be charged through a domestic power supply and provides a pure electric range of approximately 20 miles.

BMW's LifeDrive architecture features in the BMW i8 Concept, which has been adapted in order to provide the sporty performance and driving dynamics. An 'energy tunnel' houses the high voltage battery and connects the motor in the front axle module and combustion engine at the rear. This gives the car its low centre of gravity which benefits dynamics and handling.

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