BMW i8 - $136,500

BMW i8

Posted 8.20.2015 in Cars by Editor

A glance at BMWs i8 is enough to know that this is a supercar with enormous promise. This is one of the very few high-performance vehicles which can be driven without eco-guilt. When not being flogged to deliver its 4.8 second 0-60 sprint or spurred to its 160 mph electronically-limited top speed, the car is capable of delivering 80 mpg and has a carbon dioxide emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer.

A 96 kW (129 hp) electric motor is located in the front axle powering the front wheels. The rear wheels are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder gasoline engine producing 164 kW (220 hp) and 300 N·m (220 lbf·ft) of torque. The combined output is 260 kW (349 hp).

This eDrive technology provides regenerative braking from all four wheels. The electric motor at the front axle and the ICE at the rear are connected by an "energy tunnel", similar to a standard drive train tunnel, which also houses the 7.2 kW high-voltage battery. The battery pack is located in the center of the vehicle, giving the car an extra low center of gravity and enhancing its 50/50 weight distribution.

The BMW i8 can send power through the front, rear or all four wheels at the same time. Intelligent control electronics ensure that the power is delivered through the front, rear or all four wheels with the optimum configuration for driving conditions.

 

Electric Range: 22

Combined MPGe: 78

Battery Capacity: 7.2 kWh

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