A SPORTY LIVE WIRE.

The drive of the BMW i8.

A SPORTY LIVE WIRE.

The drive of the BMW i8.

Thanks to the innovative LifeDrive vehicle architecture, the BMW i8 fulfils the ideal conditions for weight-optimised construction – with an extremely low centre of gravity 50:50 axle distribution. The perfect basis for the characteristics of a classic sports car. When the extraordinary combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine are also taken into consideration, this sets the foundation for the most innovative sports car of our time.

A SPORTY LIVE WIRE. The drive of the BMW i8.

Thanks to the innovative LifeDrive vehicle architecture, the BMW i8 fulfils the ideal conditions for weight-optimised construction – with an extremely low centre of gravity 50:50 axle distribution. The perfect basis for the characteristics of a classic sports car. When the extraordinary combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine are also taken into consideration, this sets the foundation for the most innovative sports car of our time.

Innovative drive concept

Innovative drive concept

The sporty character of the BMW i8 is noticeable everywhere, thanks to the vehicle’s intelligent drive control system. Its combustion engine and electric drive interact precisely, while the exceptional control of all flows of energy results in an optimal combination of efficiency and dynamics.

BMW eDrive as plug-in hybrid.

The first sports car with the fuel consumption of a compact car.

  • Powerful plug-in hybrid system

    Think further to go further. The intelligent eDrive propulsion system of the BMW i8 combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine as a plug-in hybrid to create an exceptional driving experience: Outstanding efficiency and maximum dynamics are simultaneously possible. The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp) motor, is located on the front axle. In contrast, the rear axle is driven by a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance and up to 320 Nm of torque; combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system, it guarantees typical BMW driving pleasure. These two drive systems combine to accelerate the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds – with fuel consumption of just 2.5 l per 100 km CO2 emissions of 59 g/km.Disclaimer reference invalid
     

  • BMW eDrive

    The innovative BMW eDrive technology is the result of many years of BMW EfficientDynamics development work. Three key features deliver an unequalled emission-free driving experience: the entire torque of the extremely agile electric motor is available virtually from a standing start, and uninterrupted acceleration is maintained up to the maximum speed. An innovative cooling system keeps the high-voltage battery constantly at the optimal operating temperature, which increases performance and longevity.

    The intelligent energy management system coordinates optimal interaction between the electric motor and the high-voltage battery with the goal of maximum performance with minimum consumption. Regenerative braking mediated by one-pedal driving extends the car's range. Together with the ECO PRO modes, the push of a button is all it takes to gear all car systems towards maximum efficiency – and utilise energy reserves intelligently.

  • Optional Charging

    A new dimension of sporty electromobility: The BMW i8 can be charged to 80 % quickly and easily within 2.5 hours via the charging cable at a standard electrical socket. With the BMW i Wallbox, you can optimise charging times, enabling the BMW i8 to be charged to 80 % in approximately two hours.

    Even the vehicle concept and drive control are configured to ensure a balanced flow of energy on the move. During rest phases, the TwinPower Turbo engine charges the high-voltage battery via a generator. The electric motor also charges the lithium-ion battery in various driving situations. Additional energy is obtained via Brake Energy Regeneration. Thus, the battery is never flat and the electrical drive is always operational.

BMW TWINPOWER TURBO 1.5-LITRE 3-CYLINDER PETROL ENGINE.

BMW TWINPOWER TURBO 1.5-LITRE 3-CYLINDER PETROL ENGINE.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, which was newly developed as part of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, unites all the advantages that one would expect from the power unit of a sports car. Its engine management guarantees optimum charge changing processes across the ignition point and ensures a rapid response from the turbocharger. During operation, the 170 kW (231 hp) engine proves to be extremely free-revving and delivers up to 320 Nm of torque. At the same time, the dynamics and the high performance level are accompanied by outstanding efficiency, as demonstrated by the combined consumption of only 2.1 l/100 km <info_icon_co2_disclaimer> and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km<info_icon_co2_disclaimer>.

Lightweight and compact.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine displays a strong performance with low consumption.

  • CO2 disclaimer

    Further information about the official energy and fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the "New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption, CO2 Emission And Electric Power Consumption Guidelines", which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.

    The exhaust gas of the engine for charging the high-voltage battery meets the EU6 emissions standard. Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle (93/116/EC), made up of approximately one-third urban traffic and two-thirds extra-urban driving (based on the distance covered). CO2 emissions are measured in addition to energy consumption as such. Fuel consumption levels are calculated on the basis of vehicles with standard equipment. Special equipment can have an impact on fuel consumption levels.

    These specifications apply to vehicles on the German market. The models illustrated may, in part, include optional equipment and accessories not fitted as standard. According to the specific requirements of other markets, alterations may occur regarding models, standard and optional equipment as described in the text and illustrations. For precise information, please contact your BMW Partner. Subject to change in design and equipment. Subject to error. Equipment specific to national markets is not represented here.

    Unladen weight (EU) in kg: the figure quoted includes a 90 per cent tank filling, 68 kg for the driver and 7 kg for luggage. Unladen weight applies to vehicles with standard equipment. Optional equipment may increase this figure.

    BMW recommends the use of super unleaded 95 RON fuel. Unleaded RON 91 fuel or higher with a maximum ethanol limit of 10 percent (E10) is also permitted. The combustion engine’s fuel consumption rates listed are based on the use of RON 98 fuel.

    The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for the purposes of comparison between different vehicle types.

    CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.

DRIVING MODES.

A variety of modes for an exceptional driving experience: COMFORT, ECO PRO, SPORT and the eDrive button optimise the vehicle properties of your BMW i8 according to the driving situation. Purely electrical driving is possible up to a range of 35 km as is an extremely athletic sports car feeling in extra-urban areas. Between the two lies the best of both worlds: the petrol engine and electric motor constantly demonstrate that their technical symbiosis is never a compromise.

* Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range is depending on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

  • COMFORT mode

    All the power you need as soon as you drive off. In the COMFORT mode, the fully-charged BMW i8 starts electrically. Purely electrical driving up to approximately 60 km/h is possible in the city; even pulling away from traffic lights and overtaking are purely electrical.

  • ECO PRO mode

    The ECO PRO mode allows the BMW i8 to prove its efficiency. The accelerator, engine, heating and cooling systems are all adjusted to be as efficient as possible. Purely electrical driving is possible up to a speed of 60 km/h. In addition to this, the combustion engine is activated at high speeds or when the battery’s charge level falls under a specified minimum.

  • SPORT mode

    As an alternative to the drive setting ‘D’ for automatic driving, the driver can also use the gear lever to change gears in SPORT mode. This mode also includes manual gear selection – via the gear shift or paddles on the steering wheel. SPORT mode also activates vehicle settings especially suited to sporty driving. The combustion engine and the electric motor unfold their driving torque with full dynamics, the accelerator’s characteristic line is programmed to react spontaneously and the driver gets the full impact of the electric motor’s boost function. To ensure there is always enough energy available, the SPORT setting also affords maximum brake energy regeneration in the thrust and brake phases.

  • eDrive button

    Pressing the eDrive button gives the BMW i8 free rein to demonstrate its electrical performance. This button can be deployed in COMFORT and ECO PLUS modes. In COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without support from the combustion engine until the battery is almost exhausted. Purely electrical driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h is possible with eDrive. If the button isn’t pressed the combustion engine kicks in at 60 km/h.

    eDrive button
    Pressing the eDrive button gives the BMW i8 free rein to demonstrate its electrical performance. This button can be deployed in COMFORT and ECO PLUS modes. In COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without support from the combustion engine until the battery is almost exhausted. Purely electrical driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h is possible with eDrive. If the button isn’t pressed the combustion engine kicks in at 60 km/h.
    eDrive button
    Pressing the eDrive button gives the BMW i8 free rein to demonstrate its electrical performance. This button can be deployed in COMFORT and ECO PLUS modes. In COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without support from the combustion engine until the battery is almost exhausted. Purely electrical driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h is possible with eDrive. If the button isn’t pressed the combustion engine kicks in at 60 km/h.
    eDrive button
    Pressing the eDrive button gives the BMW i8 free rein to demonstrate its electrical performance. This button can be deployed in COMFORT and ECO PLUS modes. In COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without support from the combustion engine until the battery is almost exhausted. Purely electrical driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h is possible with eDrive. If the button isn’t pressed the combustion engine kicks in at 60 km/h.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.

In eDrive mode, the BMW i8 drives completely electrically, while Hybrid mode allows the intelligent combination of two types of drive that provide optimal traction in every situation. The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp), is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by an authoritative three-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp). All four wheels can be powered simultaneously by two engines and – depending on the driving situation – the advantages of front, rear or al-wheel drive utilised. In extra-urban environments, the fully-fledged all-wheel drive in the BMW i8 comes into its own – at speeds of up to 250 km/h.

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