The BMW i8 that was showcased in the 2014 Auto Expo, is all set to be launched in India in February at an expected price of Rs. 2 crores, as per an exclusive report on Zigwheels. The launch of BMW i8 will mark the debut of ‘I’ brand in India. BMW will be the first car maker to launch such a car in India and there does not seem to be any competitor for the BMW i8 in India.
A 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine backed by an electric motor, will be powering the BMW i8. The gasoline engine produces 227.74 bhp and 320 Nm torque and the motor pumps an additional 129.15 bhp and 250 Nm. In totality, the hybrid sports car produces 356.9 bhp and 570 Nm torque.
As per claims made by BMW, the BMW i8 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kms per hour in just 4.4 seconds. It can attain a top speed of 250 kms per hour, whereas when it is in an electric mode, the i8 can cover upto 37 kms by attaining a top speed of 120 kms per hour.
The BMW i8 is slightly lighter than the recently launched M4 Coupe. Built from carbon fiber, the BMW i8 weighs just 1,485 kgs. The exteriors sport a large hood, low slung body style and a stubby back. Dominating the front grille is a flat yet a colorful twin kidney grille. The bumper has aerodynamically enhanced wings placed just below the headlamps and the full LED headlights are oblong shaped.
The scissor doors (that opens upwards) and the low side profile render a sporty look to the car. The i8 also gets specially designed alloy wheels and aerodynamic lines and creases for better efficiency. The overall design looks quite futuristic. The rear end adds more prominence to the futuristic appearance of the car. The rear bumper seems to be broader towards the edges and maintains an even design over the flared wheel arches.
The two seater hybrid sports car gets high quality plastics for the cabin, chrome plastics for the centre console and a wide combination of leather. The i8 also gets the standard interiors that includes the digital gauges and a 10-inch display to interact with the iDrive system.
BMW has witnessed huge demand in the international markets and the demand for the car surpassed the company’s first year production. BMW could allocate limited units of BMW i8 in India. The car will come to India as completely built up unit (CBU).
Presently, BMW sells its 1-series, 3-series, 5-series, 6-series and 7-series and the sports car M-series through its 37 outlets in India.