The much awaited hybrid car – BMW i8 launched in India. This is a super electric car with luxury features inside. The futuristic ‘i8’ hyrbid in India available to purchase for Rs 2.3 crore. We have seen this in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 4. With the launch of this plug-in hybrid that alternates between an electric motor and a petrol engine to derive power, BMW marks the entry of BMW sub-brand ‘i’ in India.
BMW i8 competes with the luxury car makers, Audi and Mercedes Benz. BMW i8 first showcased at the Delhi Motor Show in February last year and the brand succeeded in maintaining the excitement still its launch. The engine is powerful and offers power of 362 hp. BMW i8 can reach from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds using all the four wheels in the process.
BMW i8 capable of Running on battery power can reach top speed of 120 km/h and maximum range of 35 kilometers. The electric motor of BMW i8 offer up to 250 km/h, and depending on the driving style. The driving range can be up to 600 kms. This super vehicle promises speed and efficiency equivalent to other combustion engine cars.
BMW i8 features low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, at an average of 47.45 km/l and emission of 50.36 g/km. So this is an economical car and eco friendly too. The only disappointing thing is high price tag, which is affordable for very few takers. It will be imported to India as a fully-built unit.
No need to describe the aggressive looks and styling facts of this car. BMW i8 packed with comprehensive, sophisticated aerodynamics features and environment-friendly materials. You have handle-free ‘scissor’ doors, centre console which is angled towards the driver at twelve degrees and strongly expressive LED headlights.
Interior luxury features includes:- digital instrument panel with two large displays, iDrive Controller on the central console, parking sensors and cameras, pedestrian recognition with automatic braking, automatic wipers with rain sensors etc. There is plenty usage of leather materials like ‘Halo’, ‘Carpo’ and ‘Neso’. You can choose from three driving modes like COMFORT’, ‘ECO PRO mode’ and ‘SPORT.
BMW i8 Key Features
- 1499cc turbocharged Inline-3 petrol engine
- 2 Hybrid synchronous electric motors
- 37 kms Range
- Power:- 228 BHP @ 5800 rpm, Electric motor – 129 BHP
- Torque:-320 NM @ 3700 rpm, Electric motor – 250 NM
- 6-speed automatic gears
- 120 KMPH Top Speed On Purely Electric Power
- 250 KMPH Top Speed (KMPH)
- 47.45 kmpl Mileage (Certified)
- 0-100 kmph in just 4.4 secs
- Front Ventilated, Rear Disk brakes
- ABS, EBD, ESP, Traction Control and Brake assist
BMW i8 price in India: Rs 2.3 crore