BMW has recently announced that its i3 and i8 Concept cars will be officially presented on the Asian continent in December, at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.
After the i3 and i8 Concepts have been originally presented to the European public earlier this year, the German based automaker is planning to unveil the two vehicles on the Asian continent too, and with the Tokyo Motor Show coming in pretty fast, the Japanese automotive event seemed to be the perfect place for the “job”. The small i3 will be the first vehicle to be made under the BMW “I” brand and it’s driven by electric power, being light, safe, spacious and dynamic, while the i8 is a plug-in hybrid which is able to deliver a good performance and driving dynamics.
According to the German based automaker, the i3’s electric motor over the rear axle is generating a total output of 170 horsepower or 125 kW and has a peak torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). The i3 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 150 km/h. The BMW i3 Concept is designed for everyday uses, with a boot capacity of 200 liters, four seats, wide-opening opposing coach doors and an everyday range of 130 – 160 km (80 – 100 miles).
The larger BMW i8 Concept features an innovative plug-in hybrid concept which combines the electric system found on its smaller brother, the i3, fitted on the front axle, with the company’s new three-cylinder engine, at the rear, which is developing 200 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque (221 lb-ft). The i8 concept is burning only 2.7 liters of fuel every 100 km (104 mpg) and has a peak torque of 550 Nm (300 – petrol engine, 250 – electric motor), being also able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The plug-in hybrid can recharge its battery in 1.45 h to 100 percent.