Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Seán Ward0
BMW i8 Spyder – More Pictures
The i8 will be a four-wheel drive hybrid, with a 131hp electric motor to powering the front wheels and a 223 bhp three-cylinder turbo engine powering the rears. The lithium-ion batteries will only take the car 19 miles on their own.
0-60 mph will take 5.0 seconds, but fuel economy is supposed to be 94 mpg – both very impressive figures.
Bodywork is composed of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, as well as aluminium, so the i8 has 50:50 weight distribution. While the bhp might not make it as performance orientated as something like an M5, the low weight and excellent balance will make it a properly sorted little machine.