Hybrid Sports car from BMW, the i8, now gets an upgraded engine under the hood. The futuristic i8 currently comes with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine Hybrid engine, which BMW is planning to upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. The new engine is said to be a 450 horsepower, which is a lot quicker compared to the current 357 horsepower engine.
The new mightier 2.0-liter engine is going to be a lot heavier than the current 1.5-liter engine, adding the weight of a four-cylinder over three. Therefore, the primary concern for BMW is to maintain the weight of the car at around 1,485kg, to keep i8’s drive peppy and quick. The rear seats could be removed, to help in reducing the overall weight of the car. Also, to compensate for the added four-cylinder weight, unpainted carbon fiber panels can help in lowering the figure further.
The powertrain of the gas-fed engine is expected to be around 300hp, which is over 70hp higher than 228hp of the current edition. This output boosts up to a whopping 450hp when combined with the electric motor.
The BMW engineers are targeting to clock zero to 62mph within 4.4 seconds, says report. This figure might not please the fans, as it’s not what you expect from a $100,000 sports car. The Tesla Model S P85D, which comes at an almost similar price, hits 60 mph in three seconds flat.
BMW has earlier announced that the “i” and “M” badge will never mix up, so we do not expect the new car to be an M-sport variant though it may be more powerful.
“The solid growth the BMW Group has achieved this year continued in May, with all sales regions recording an increase in sales,” said Ian Robertson, a BMW Board of Management Member. He continued, “Our innovative, new products are achieving pleasing sales around the world, and I am delighted that we have sold over 10,000 BMW i vehicles in the first five months of this year.”
BMW delivered over 159,129 vehicles to their customers till May, and an overall of 759,609 automobiles since the starting of this year. Earlier this week, the company also revealed its new flagship 7-Series Luxury Sedan, to compete with the Mercedes S-Class. The company is also reported to have partnered with Chinese Internet services giant Baidu, to bring out a new Self-Driving vehicle by the end of this year.