BMW i8 will cost more than 100,000 euros – official image

The upcoming BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will cost more than 100,000 euros when it goes on sale in 18 months – Ian Robertson, BMW head of sales and marketing has confirmed.

“It is a super sports car and will be priced accordingly,” said Robertson. “The final price isn’t decided but it will be priced up there with similar machinery.”

This sexy, eco-minded sports car debuted as a concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and the Bavarian Motor Works promised petrolheads that they would be able to buy it in the near future.

BMW has also announced this week that it will build the all-new three-cylinder engine for its i8 range-extended sports car at its Hams Hall plant near Birmingham, England. The British factory will be the only BMW facility to manufacture the new three-cylinder engine.

“The new three-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for dynamic performance in combination with industry-leading fuel efficiency”.

Acceleration to 62mph is in under five seconds and the fuel consumption on the European cycle is approximately 65mpg.

Thanks to its plug-in hybrid drive, most daily journeys can be undertaken in zero-emission all-electric mode, with an electric range of approximately 20 miles.