First production version of the BMW i8 was unveiled at the 2013 International Motor Show Germany, that was designed by Benoit Jacob. And now, the company is set to give a facelift to its hybrid sportscar with some extra power, new light weight components, extension in range and more. Reportedly, the facelift’s launch in international market is scheduled in final quarter next year.
The BMW i8 facelift will get an upgraded petrol-electric powertrain, which is currently being tested as well as the latest iteration of the i8-based safety car seen at Formula E events around the globe. Additionally, the company is also working on extending the range of the i8 by revising the battery package. The capacity of the battery has not been revealed, however BMW has confirmed that the Formula E safety car eschews the 7.1kWh unit of the production car for a larger 10.0kWh battery, giving a hint that what could the i8 facelift will come with.
Details have not been revealed yet, but the revised hybrid engine will have a more powerful electric motor than the 129bhp unit of the current i8. It is claimed that the electric motor will provide the i8 with more than a 10 percent boost in power over today’s model, that will pump out a total output to around 419bhp. Combining with a new software mapping for the model’s six-speed automatic gearbox, the output is also claimed to improve the performance of the BMW i brand’s top-ranging coupé.