BMW to launch the i8 on February 18, 2015
Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary sportsman, will unveil the all-new BMW i8.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India will address the press conference.
BMW has confirmed that the i8 will be launched in India on February 18, 2015. In India, BMW showcased the car at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, and had also confirmed that it will be launching the car here.
The i8’s low slung, coupe-like structure, draped in the silver shade, with blue accents, give it a slick look like no other car around. The heart of the i8 is a petrol engine and an electric motor. Both work individually or in tandem, to give the i8 its sportscar-like drivability.
The petrol engine in the i8 is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged unit that makes 228bhp, while the electric motor makes 129bhp. The combined output stands at 357bhp. BMW claims that the i8 can sprint from 0-100 in 4.4 seconds, while managing an electronically-limited top whack of 250kph. i8’s performance is further enhanced since the car is built primarily out of carbon fibre and even though it has a large battery pack, the i8 weighs just 1,490kg.
This will be the first of the ‘i’ branded cars from BMW, to be launched in India. It will be followed by the smaller i3. The car will be brought in as a CBU, and we don’t expect too many units to make their way here. The i8 is a halo car in the German manufacturer’s portfolio, so prices are likely to be on the higher side.
Brand name: BMW
Price: Rs. 1.3 cr (estimated)
Engine Type: 3 cylinder, turbo petrol, with electric motor and power generator
Fuel economy: 45kmpl(overall)
Maximum Power: 357bhp (combined)
Maximum Torque: 57.06kgm (combined)
0-100kmph: 4.5 seconds
Layout: RWD (petrol engine), FWD (electric motor)
Gear box: 6-speed auto (petrol engine) 2-speed auto (electric motor)
Length x width x height: 4689x1942x1293mm
Kerb Weight: 1490g
Fuel tank: 42 litres