BMW i8: the hybrid sports car is about to bow out

Launched in 2014 and sold more than 20,000 vehicles, the BMW i8 will stop production next month.

It’s the end of a story and an icon for BMW. Over 20,000 units sold and considered to be the best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car in the world, the BMW i8 is about to end its production. She will have no descendants.

Revealed as a concept in 2009 in Frankfurt and launched in 2014, the most famous of the hybrid sports cars will end starting next month after production that has lasted 6 years. First launched coupe then Roadster in 2018, the i8 is distinguished by its futuristic lines and its unique design.

Powered by a plug-in hybrid engine, the BMW i8 combines a 231 horsepower, 320 Nm 3-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor of 143 horsepower and 250 Nm. In total, the system produces 374 horsepower for 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.6 seconds. The battery with 11.6 kWh capacity allows some fifty kilometers of range according to the old NEDC rating.

BMW i8 interior

If the BMW i8 is not renewed in its current form, it could give way to another sports car. Inspired by the BMW Vision M Next, a concept presented in 2019, it could be released by 2023.

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