BMW is all set to début its 'i' brand in India by launching the keenly awaited i8 electric hybrid supercar. Being unleashed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo by the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, it would be hitting the Indian roads next month at an estimated price of Rs. 2 Crores (Ex. Showroom). Recently, it was spotted at one of BMW's Mumbai dealer outlet, entirely undisguised, by the folks at Bharat Autos, which further strengthens the belief that its launch is quite near.
BMW i8 electric hybrid weighs a mere 1485 kg due to the extensive usage of carbon fibre in its body structure. The passenger cabin is built of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, whereas the engine, suspension and electric battery lies on an aluminium frame. In India, it would be sold via a CBU (Completely Built Unit) route and only 8 units are allocated for this year. Going by the spotted mule, it is a right-hand-drive configuration model, built specifically for India, as opposed to the one displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo, which was a left-hand-drive.
Mechanically, it would in-house a 3-cylinder petrol mill and an electric motor. The 3-pot petrol engine would generate a maximum power output of 228 bhp and peak torque performance of 320Nm, while the electric motor would churn out a top power of 129 bhp and highest torque of 250Nm. Altogether, it pumps out a massive power of 357 bhp and 570Nm of torque. BMW i8 hybrid touches the 100kmph mark from standstill in a mere 4.4 seconds, while clocking an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. In electric mode, it can run upto 37 km while achieving a top speed of 120kmph.
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