BMW’s most advanced sport car ever offered for sale, the i8, which is on show at the Frankfurt Motorshow, is destined for the Irish market with a price tag of €136,400.
The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid performance vehicle that uses a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with a 1.5-litre capacity, in conjunction with an electric motor to provide searing acceleration. It comes a package that takes BMW’s efficient dynamics philosophy to a new high, posting 59g/km and 113mpg (2.5 ltr/100kms ) in the process.
The design of the BMW i8 brings together hallmark BMW dynamics, lightweight design and efficiency. The 2+2-seater is immediately recognisable as a BMW i model and a new-generation sports car. A length of 4,689mm, width of 1,942mm and height of 1,298mm give the BMW i8 typical sports car proportions.
Its dynamic character is also reflected in its long bonnet, clearly visible aerodynamic aids, stretched roofline, short overhangs and a long, 2,800mm, wheelbase. The car’s wide track (1,644 millimetres at the front axle, 1,715 millimetres at the rear ) completes the powerful dynamic presence generated by the car’s proportions.