Bimmerpost has published a short video showing the acceleration and the brutal sound of BMW i8. We all didn’t expect the tiny 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine to sound like an angry V8. What is more, the Active Sound system was deactivated for the entire duration of the video. This means we hear the natural sound of the petrol unit which is also found in the new MINI.
BMW i8 is powred by a 1.5 liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The overall power is 362HP (266 kW) and 570Nm (420 lb-ft), which is enough for acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically limited.
The fuel consumption – 2.1 l / 100 km (134.5 mpg UK or 112 mpg US with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. What is more, the 2015 i8 can go up to 37 km (23 miles) only on electricity with zero emissions. (more…)