BMW i8 – new key fob with touchscreen display unveiled at CES image

A new key fob for the BMW i8 sports car has been unveiled recently by the company at the 2015 CES.

Besides introducing the M4 Coupe Concept with its laser headlights and the i3 Concept which is capable of parking and avoiding obstacles by itself, the German based automaker BMW has also introduced a new key fob, for the i8 sports car. This is featuring a small information screen and, besides providing the regular key fob functions, like locking, unlocking and remote starting, the new one is also providing owners info on the fuel level information and battery life.

According to the car manufacturer, the new BMW i8 key fob has a 2.2-inch LCD screen which can be used similar to a smartphone. The screen can be swiped left or right in order to reveal more information which also includes whether the doors and windows have been closes when the car is locked. The new key fob is powered by a small lithium-ion battery which can be charged wireless inside the car and will become available to i8 buyers from autumn, this year.

The BMW i8 has a two-door coupe body style and it’s a cheaper alternative to a LaFerrari, P1 and 918 Spyder, being also less powerful than the hybrid supercars. Power is provided by a 1.5 liter inline three-cylinder engine and a 131 HP (98 kW) electric motor, taking its juice from the 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The total output produced is 357 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.