[VIDEO] BMW i8’s official presentation in Frankfurt
The first official video with the final production version of the BMW i8 has been recently released by the German based automaker, during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The BMW i8 is one of the most awaited vehicles of the year and the model has been officially presented to the public, in a world premiere, during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model in question is coming with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder gasoline TwinPower Turbo engine, backed up by an electric motor. The petrol burner is good for 231 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque (236 lb-ft), which are being sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor is adding an extra 131 HP (96 kW), transferred to the front wheels through a two-stage automatic transmission.
The total output produced by the hybrid powertrain stands at 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque (420 lb-ft), enabling the i8 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. BMW says that the average fuel consumption in the i8 stands at 2.5L / 100 km (113 mpg UK / 94 mpg US) and the model can be driven on electric power for 35 km (22 miles), with a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Once the internal combustion engine starts kicking in, the range of the i8 will increase to more than 500 km (310 miles).
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