BMW i8 could have received a V10 engine under its hood but the idea was quickly dropped and the company has focused on the eight-cylinder and six-cylinder unit.

“BMW day” here on and after we have given you the first info of the upcoming in the 220i, 220d and M235i versions, and then presented you with the first official images of the 4-Series Convertible, time has come to talk about the i8. According to the guys at, the carmaker has never considered a V12 but a V10 engine was a possibility and the model has been created with this unit in mind.

As fun as it has sounded, the idea was quickly dropped by the company’s engineers who began focusing on both a V8 and a six-cylinder unit, but once the decision to make it a hybrid was made, these were dropped, despite the fact that BMW had the chance of creating a much cheaper competitor for the LaFerrari, P1 and 918 Spyder. In the end, the i8 turned out to get a 1.5 liter three-cylinder unit under its hood, along with a 131 HP (96 kW) electric motor. The total output stands at 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in 4.4 seconds.


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