The name is enough when we talk about speed and quality with safety. BMW has unveiled i8 at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013, and was released in June 2014 in Germany. Sports car class with 2 door coupe and roadster and butterfly doors were there. It was also called BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics. Between 2014 to 2020, 20465 units were produced of i8. The concept of i8 was given by Richard Kim in 2011. There are so many modifications and upgraded features in the BMW i8 Coupe 2020 version.
In the car, there will be a BMW Twin Power Turbo 3 cylinder 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque engine with high-precision direct injection. In eDrive, 141 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque will be generated by an electric motor. It’s a hybrid sports car. It consists of an all-wheel-drive system. 369 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque will be generated with two-speed automatic transmission for electric motor and six-speed automatic transmission with shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Auto start/stop function will be there.
In a hybrid car, the battery is the main. In this car, there will be an 11.6 kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery with an advanced active thermal management system will be used. BMW will provide an occasional cable of 1.2 kW. There will be lots of driving modes such as eDrive, Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sports mode. The capacity of the fuel tank will be 11.1 gallons with a stainless steel tank. Also, there will be a brake energy recuperation system. Top speed will be 155 mph and will reach 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
BMW ensures a smooth drive with comfort and safety. i8 includes Hybrid specific Dynamic Stability Control with Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features with Dynamic Traction Control Dynamic Damper Control. Front Suspension will be double-wishbone type, and rear will be 5 link type. Standard features such as ABS, dynamic brake control, cornering brake control, electric steering, and the electromechanical parking brake will be there. 13-inch Disc brakes will be there.
Talking about exterior and interior, there will be ambient BMW I U-shape LED brake lights, Shadowline trim, metallic paint, 20-inch alloy wheels, thermoplastic bumpers, lightweight doors, heated side mirrors with power folding, high gloss mirror caps with directional indicators, carbon fiber plastic roof with UV protection. The design of the door will be scissor-type with the function of lifting and turning upward toward the front. Upholstery made up of Ivory White/Black Leather. Trim will be of carbon fiber, and a Rear storage compartment cover will be provided.
For connectivity, the car will have BMW teleservices, Apple Carplay, BMW Apps, upgraded USB support and Bluetooth, critical calling, and connected Drive services. The audio system in this car is fantastic. It includes 11 speakers Harman Kardon Premium Audio System with 360-watt amplifier, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one year All Access subscription, and HD Radio with multicast FM station reception.
If we talk about control, the car will have almost all standard controls. It includes cruise control, instrument cluster with 8.8-inch screen, 3D maps with 20 GB storage hard drive, tire pressure monitor, full-color head-up display with shift lights, advanced real-time traffic details which will be very helpful while selecting a route, eight programmable memory buttons with touchpad control and iDrive with the onboard computer. Standard features which come in almost BMW cars will be there in i8. The steering wheel cover material is elegant in this car. It will have a three-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
We have no words to say when there is talk about comfort and Luxury. BMW brand is famous for its comfort and luxurious interior. Versatile structure with maintaining Luxurious interior and comfort will remain there in i8. For comfort, there will be a user-friendly interface and easy to use. It includes a sun visor with an integrated mirror, six. way power front seats, center armrest, a foldable cover of the luggage compartment, universal garage door opener, three-stage heated front seats, two zones automatic climate control, temperature control, windshield misting sensor, automatic headlight control, telescopic steering wheel column, advanced vehicle and key memory, 12 V power socket in the center console.
For safety, the car will have an anti-theft alarm system, remote services, front head protection system, Anti-lock braking system, SOS button, collision alert, speed limit alert, pedestrian protection, impact sensor which helps you in a hazardous situation, seat-mounted front side impact airbags, knee airbags for driver and passenger, seat belts with ALR system, Latch system for children’s safety, park distance control, coded driveway protection. There will be programmable LED daytime running lights.
Warranty of i8 will be provided in different schemes as 12-year Unlimited Mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty, 8-year/100,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty, and 4-year Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance Program.