BMW i8 starts production in April image

BMW will put the i8 into production, next month, as the model in question will hit the assembly line in Leipzig, Germany.

Originally unveiled back in 2013, the BMW i8 is close to hitting the production line. The German based automaker has announced its intentions of putting it into production next month, in Leipzig. The final performance specifications of the hybrid sports car have also been announced and so we find out that the BMW i8 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, before reaching a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Power is being provided by a 1,5 liter three-cylinder I3 turbo engine, producing 228 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. This is backed up by an electric engine, rated at 129 HP (96 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The total output developed stands at 357 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque, sent to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission, on the internal combustion engine, and the two-stage automatic, for the electric motor. In Eco Pro mode, the total range of the car is 600 km (370 miles).