BMW launches the BMW i8 an innovative production of the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. The BMW engineers achieved to produce an additional improvement of key driving performance and fuel consumption data.
Thanks to its novel power train concept BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid configuration, the i8 combines a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.4 seconds with an EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption is measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km .Furthermore, the BMW i8 shows exceptionally efficiency in typical testing processes practice of everyday traffic.
Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp). Overall, the fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid model therefore functions around 50 per cent better than that of conventionally powered sports car models. The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system incorporates a 170 kW/231 hp, 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a 96 kW/131 hp, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) hybrid synchronous electric motor. In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 contains a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU test cycle.