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Europe: BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid Specs Leak Out

ccording to UK-based CarMagazine, specs for the upcoming plug-in hybrid BMW i8 are impressive.

CarMagazine reports that the BMW i8 will rip from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 156 mph. Power for the BMW i8 comes from a 126-kilowatt (170 horsepower) electric motor spinning the front wheels. Meanwhile, a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 233 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque will spin the i8’s rear wheels. Combined, horsepower peaks at 393 and torque at 406 pound-feet.

Specs for the production version of the BMW i8 vary only slightly from BMW’s initial specs for the i8 concept.

The BMW i8 is expected to tip the scales at approximately 3,200 pounds. A four-speed automatic gearbox will be standard equipment.


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