After six long years of being in production, sadly it was time to say goodbye to one of the most iconic cars made BMW has ever made. The BMW i8 clearly was a game-changer when it was revealed to be a hybrid sports car and that brought people who thought hybrid technology was boring, as they saw it on the Prius, to love it and see why it can be exciting. BMW produced approximately 20 500 units over its period in production which consisted of the coupe and roadster. As of June, the last i8 roadster in Portimao Blue rolled off the production line.
The engine powering the i8 is a tiny 1.5-litre turbopetrol 3-Cylinder engine producing 228 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque and assisting the engine is an electric motor that makes 141 hp (105 kW) and 250 Nm of torque. In total that i8 has 369 hp (275 kW) and 570 Nm of torque at its disposal which is enough to propel it from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The car is underpowered compared to its competitors but it is so light that it can give other cars a tough time on the straights.
The i8 won several awards such as AutoGuide’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year, Top Gear 2015 Car of the Year, and it was also crowned World Green Car of the Year in 2015. It is safe to say that it has left a mark in the automotive industry and that its innovations will carry on to inspire other cars coming in the future.
Source: CarMag SA