Spyshots: BMW i8 Hits the Nurburgring
It's not like we've never seen the i8 before, but we were always more than curious to see what a car like this looks like going full throttle. The i8 is an amazingly interesting and complex hybrid, powered by an electric motor at the front and a gasoline engine at the back.
As such, it doesn't need that much air coming through that elongated kidney grille is mostly covered up.
Combined, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and the electric drive should produce somewhere just shy of 400 horsepower. That translates into 0 to 100 km/h in about 5 seconds and an electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). The car will be able to run in gasoline-only, electric-only, or hybrid propulsion.
Expect the i8 to debut about a year after the i3 makes its production appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Until then, only these BMW test pilots will get to enjoy this car.
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