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Europe: BMW i8 to pack 393hp, 406tq, 0-62 under 5 seconds

Since the BMW i8 began making its motor show rounds around the world it has been speculated that the unique German hybrid sports car would feature a gasoline-only version that would wear the famed M badge and while new reports indicate that there will be no M version of the I8- the sleek BMW sports car could pack more power than originally expected.

The BMW i8 will be powered by a 1.5L 3-cylinder engine sending 223 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels while an electric drive motor sends an additional 170 horsepower to the front wheels for a combined drivetrain output of around 393 horsepower and 406lb-ft of torque. With a curb weight expected to be right around 3,125 pounds, the BMW i8 is expected to rocket from 0-62 in 4.9 seconds while hitting a top speed of 156 miles per hour.

More importantly, the upcoming BMW i8 will feature an all-electric mode that will afford the driver up to 20 miles when the battery system is fully charged and when the battery is depleted, it is expected to only take around 6 hours to fully recharge the system and if a “high voltage” charging port is available, the i8 will reportedly recharge in just one hour. Also, thanks to the gasoline engine the BMW i8 has the normal endless range of a traditional gas powered vehicle in addition to the freedom of 20 emission-free miles of driving. Finally, due to the continual efforts of the on board charging system to replenish the battery connected to the electric drive motor, the 1.5L 3-cylinder offers incredible fuel economy. During European testing, the BMW i8 was found to yield an incredible 104.2 miles per gallon and while we can surely expect that the i8 will not be rated anywhere near 104mpg when it hits the US market – anything remotely near the triple digit figure would certainly make the i8 the most fuel efficient sports car on the market.


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