A SPORTY LIVE WIRE.

The drive of the BMW i8.

The sporty character of the BMW i8 is evident at all times. The combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine provides the foundation for one of the most innovative sports cars of our time. Precise interplay between combustion engine and electric drive also ensures efficiency and dynamism in equal measure.

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

The sporty character of the BMW i8 is evident at all times. The combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine provides the foundation for one of the most innovative sports cars of our time. Precise interplay between combustion engine and electric drive also ensures efficiency and dynamism in equal measure.

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BMW eDRIVE.

The BMW eDrive technology is the result of many years of BMW EfficientDynamics development work. The full torque of the agile electric motor is available from a standing start and makes for unrivalled driving pleasure. At the same time, an innovative cooling system keeps the high-voltage batteries at their optimum operating temperature, which increases performance and service life.
Intelligent energy management coordinates the interaction between the electric motor with battery and the electric motor with combustion engine. It ensures that it is always geared towards maximum performance with minimum consumption. The result is a powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid system.

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BMW eDRIVE.

BMW eDrive as plug-in hybrid.

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

  • Powerful plug-in hybrid system
  • Intelligent energy management

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

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

Lightweight and compact.

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

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DRIVING MODES.

A variety of modes offer an exceptional driving experience. COMFORT, ECO PRO, SPORT and the eDrive button optimise the vehicle properties of your BMW i8 to suit the driving situation. 100% electric driving is possible up to a range of 37 km* as is an extremely athletic sports car for out-of-town driving. 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.
Pressing the eDrive button adapts the BMW i8 for purely electric driving. This is possible in the COMFORT and ECO PRO modes. In the 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 is activated at 60 km/h.
* Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range is depending on a variety of factors, especially personal driving behavior, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

  • COMFORT mode
  • ECO PRO mode
  • SPORT mode

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.

With the eDrive button pressed, 100 percent electric driving is possible in the BMW i8, with power coming via the front axle only. The hybrid mode allows the intelligent combination of two types of drive that provide optimal traction in every situation. The electric drive is located on the front axle, while a high-performance 3-cylinder engine works at the rear axle. All four wheels can thus be powered simultaneously by two engines. Depending on the driving situation, this utilises the advantages of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Outside the city, the fully-fledged all-wheel drive of the BMW i8 shows its true strength at speeds of up to 250 km/h.