BMW i8 to Officially Debut at Frankfurt
The all-wheel-drive 2015 BMW i8’s technical specifications have been released ahead of the plug-in hybrid sports car’s debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW will reveal the production model of its Spyder i8 hybrid car, previously presented as a prototype.
First introduced in 2011 to mark the launch of the premium BMW i line, the i8 stands out as a particularly sporty hybrid coupe. Its combination of turbodiesel and plug-in motors allows a total power of 354hp, for an announced top speed of 250km/h and 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 4.6 seconds.
The i8’s average fuel consumption is announced at 2.7L/100km. The other model in BMW’s i range, the i3, will also be on display on the manufacturer’s stand in Frankfurt. This all-electric car can travel up to 160km between charges, naturally without emitting a single gram of CO2.
Although final pricing details for the two models have yet to be announced, both are currently available for pre-order in certain European countries before their commercial launch on the continent, in late 2013 for the BMW i3 and early 2014 for the BMW i8.
Meanwhile, BMW fans in North America can register for a test drive of the i3, which will be marketed in certain US cities from the second quarter of 2014.