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More Powerful BMW i8 Spied

More Powerful BMW i8 Spied

Snapshot: The spied i8 prototype wears a new rear engine cover, which is opaque and features prominent cooling vents along with larger AP Racing brakes.

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A BMW i8 prototype was spotted undergoing some test rounds in Germany and the spyshots have been released online. The spied prototype wears a new rear engine cover, which is opaque and features prominent cooling vents, giving a clear clue that this i8 packs something unusual inside. And along with additional engine cooling, it also gets enlarged AP Racing brakes.

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It clearly suggests that BMW is considering on developing a more performance enhanced version of the i8. Currently, the BMW i8 comes power packed with an electric motor that has a capacity of 7.1kWh whereas the petrol engine is 1.5-litres in capacity. The motor comes paired with a 2-speed synchro switching steptronic transmission gearbox in the front, while  the twinpower turbo charging unit with the 1.5-litre petrol engine is housed at the rear end. Both the engines together can pumpout a power of 357bhp with a torque of 570Nm. The powertrain of this supercar by BMW cars in India comes mated with the 6-speed automatic transmission which delivers torque to the rear wheels resulting to a drive that’s beyond expectations.

Reports suggests that the powertrain of the 2018 i8 facelift will be capable to crank out as much as 415bhp, thanks to its 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the electric motors that it can be tuned to deliver such power. However, it is also rumoured that the Bavarian car manufacturer is planning a performance focused version of the hybrid called as the i8S. Reportedly, it could be powered by a  2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-litre bi-turbo six-cylinder engine, along with an upgraded electric motor.

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