THIS week we look at the new BMW i8 which officially does 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds and looks “out of this world” with it’s stylish spaceship rear lights and distinctive flying buttresses.
But it is not just built for speed and style it also has an eco-friendly eDrive and is capable of 135mpg and 49g/km.
Listed below is some of the official spec.
•Narrow headlights (optionally available with laser technology, that’s even brighter and more energy efficient than the standard LED set-up), elegant curves,
•spaceship-style rear lights and distinctive flying buttresses all make for a low-slung car with more presence than almost anything else on the road.
•The BMW is available in a variety of colours, including white, silver, black and blue, with the latter the most understated. That’s because it does without the contrasting panels (such as in the bonnet) that come on the other.
•Choice between neat silver or blue trim detailing
•20-inch wheels are 7 inches wide in front and 7.5 inches at the rear, with tall, narrow 195/50 and 215/45 tires, there will be at least one optional wheel with wider 215/45 and 245/40 tires.
•With the assistance of the electric motor, the i8 feel as quick as an Audi R8.
•Officially, 0-62mph takes 4.4 seconds
•The eco-friendly eDrive setting gives you pure electric running for the same range, but raises the maximum speed to 75mph.
•Slot the gearlever to the left into Sport mode you get the petrol engine running all the time, the full output from the electric motor and firmer settings for the dampers and more aggressive power steering.
•Six-speed automatic gearbox, which delivers seamless changes to create the illusion of an uninterrupted wave of acceleration.
•The i8’s official figures of 135mpg and 49g/km
•Improvement on what you’d get from a 911 or an R8
•If you use the car for a short daily commute and have access to a charging point, then you could save thousands at the pumps. And the savings don’t end there.
•Company car buyers will benefit, with the i8 currently sitting in a 5% BIK band
Safety in the BMW i8.
A safety concept has been developed for the BMW i8 which is perfectly tailored to the vehicle.
•The high-strength carbon passenger cell not only protects passengers, but also safeguards the high-voltage battery located between the two parts of the Drive module against external influences.
•Innovative BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems help the driver to remain aware of what’s going on around them and to react correctly in any given situation.
•Six airbags: a pair in the dash for front-seat occupants, side airbags in the backrests of the front seats, and side-curtain airbags to protect the heads
of all passengers.