BMW Group India introduced the new sub-brand BMW i in India with the launch of the BMW i8, the most progressive sports car of its time, at an exclusive event in Mumbai at an all India ex-showroom price of INR 2,29,00,000.
I8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from the sub-brand BMW i, the BMW i8 is available at BMW i dealerships in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai as a CBU (Completely Built-Up) unit.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The world we live in is changing and a changing world constantly demands new ideas. The global automotive industry is witnessing a paradigm shift from the conventional combustion engine to sustainable mobility solutions. And, so is India. This iconic change is inevitable. At BMW, we are constantly working to create cutting-edge mobility solutions for the future. We will spearhead this revolution with BMW i – a ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility and a new understanding of what premium means – strongly defined by sustainability.”
Sachin Tendulkar unveiled the car during the event. He drove the car in a specially designed figure 8 course and shared his experience and love for the cars.
The BMW i8
The BMW i8 is available in four variants:
- Ionic Silver with BMW i Blue accent
- Protonic Blue with Frozen Grey metallic accent
- Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect with BMW i Blue accent
- Crystal White Pearl Effect with BMW i Blue accent
The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp) lithium-ion battery, is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance. The petrol engine combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system guarantees typical BMW driving pleasure. Together, the two units deliver a total of 362 hp, accelerating the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds using all four wheels in the process. Running on battery power, it achieves the top speed of 120 km/h with a maximum range of 35 kilometres. In conjunction with the combustion engine, the electric motor takes the e-powered supercar to up to 250 km/h, and depending on driving style the driving range can be up to 600 kilometres. Another impressive characteristic is record low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, at an average of 47.45 km/l and emission of 50.36 g/km.
With BMW eDrive, the new BMW drive technology, the battery can be charged from any mains socket with a BMW i Wallbox or while driving. A standard accessory, the BMW i Wallbox enables the high-voltage battery to be recharged in less than two-and-a-half hours using a conventional 220 V mains socket.
The four-wheel drive system in the BMW i8 can deploy the power reserves through all four wheels for added traction and control. It uses the high-torque output of the electric motor and the performance of the petrol engine, which arrives via the specially modified six-speed Steptronic transmission. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency.
With BMW ConnectedDrive solutions, the BMW i8 boasts a high degree of connectivity – for an intelligent and sustainable form of mobility like never before. These include the next generation of BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System) with touch controller and handwriting recognition, BMW Navigation Professional (integrated Global Positioning System – GPS) with 8.8-inch colour display, 3D maps, full-colour BMW Head-Up Display; Connectivity through Bluetooth and USB devices and Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Park Distance Control (PDC) rear and front along with rear view camera come as standard features.
We were welcomed by an all-electric BMW i3 at the entrance. Watch the BWM i3 walk-around video here:
If you have missed to watch the dramatic launch of the i8, watch here:
Brand name: BMW
Price: Rs. 2.29 cr (ex-showroom India)
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
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