Bavarian Motor Works, better known as BMW, has a long list of luxury, sports, touring and family cars in its stable. A major automobile manufacturer in the across the world, BMW started its operations in India in the year 2006 and it is the leading name in the country when it comes to high end cars.
In the year 2011, BMW came up with the i-series of hybrid and plug-in electric cars. Two cars were released under this series – the i3 – an all-electric car and the i8 – a plug-in hybrid car. The i3 and i8 were launched in the years 2013 and 2014 respectively. The i8 was unveiled by Sachin Tendulkar at the Auto Expo 2014 held at New Delhi and was launched in February 2015.
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BMW i8 exterior
The body has scissor doors and sports several aerodynamic touches, including flat tunnels formed by the vertically extended rear fenders and lateral extensions of the C-pillars. The under body air intakes at the rear end of the side sills, bladelike ends on the rear fenders, and a radiator exhaust in the middle of the hood also add to the sleek body.
First plug-in hybrid sports car from BMW
BMW has referred to its i8 as the most progressive sports car. BMW i8 has focussed on cleaner emissions and better fuel economy. It is the first plug-in hybrid sports car from BMW that combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine.
Under the hood
The i8 comes with a 131 bhp electric motor connected to a chargeable 7.1 KWh Li-Ion battery and a 1.5 litre, 231 bhp petrol engine. The car comes with a net fuel efficiency of 47.45 kmpl. The total power when both are used comes to 360 bhp and torque 570 NM. There are two selectable drive modes – comfort mode and EcoPro mode. The top speed is 250 kmpl.
The standard features include
- Automatic AC with 2-zone cooling
- Leather upholstery
- Leather-wrapped multi functional steering wheel
- Smart-key entry and electrically adjustable seats
- Boot size of 154 litres.
- BMW ConnectiveDrive with 4 top view and side view cameras
- BMW Heads-up display
- Digital instrument display on a 22” screen.
- Voice control
- Harman touch controller
- GPS navigation system
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Front and rear parking assistance with camera
Price and competition in India
BMW i8 is at present sold in the country as a completely built up unit and so is bound to be expensive. The car is available as a single variant at a price of Rs 2.29 crores. There is only variant available in India with four upholstery versions. There is no direct competitor as such.
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