Photographs from Carpix managed to get the first spy photos of BMW i8. The model is embodiment of the series version for Vision EfficientDynamics concept and was tested under winter conditions in Sweden. Sport model debut is expected to take place in 2014, and will be the second family member at BMW. First appearance of this model, as a concept, took place at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.
At that time BMW i8 was equipped with a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine with rear driving wheels and was mounted centrally. Diesel engine was assisted by an electric motor, both coupled to a six-speed DCT transmissions. Diesel unit has a displacement of 1.5 liters and provides 164 horsepower, while the electric motor provides a continuous output of 33 hp and a maximum of 51 hp. Both engines offer a maximum torque of 290 Nm. On the front we find an electric motor that offers 80 hp and can offer “boosts ” by 112 hp for 30 seconds or 139 hp for ten seconds. Maximum torque is 220 Nm of that unit.
Head of development at BMW, Klaus Draeger said recently that the diesel engine will be replaced by a turbocharged petrol unit with four-cylinder. Most likely, we speak of a unit developed jointly with the French from PSA, which is used successfully in the Mini range and is close to the cylinder diesel engine. We do not exclude the appearance of a TwinPower Turbo propeller from the BMW range, the newest addition offering 245 hp and maximum torque of 350 Nm.
source | autoblog.com