Want proof that we really are living in the future? Take one glance at the BMW i8. Originally unveiled as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the first plug-in electric sports car from BMW simply screams performance. But under the hood, you'll find a platform with efficiency in mind as well.
That's because the BMW i8 is about blending both elements together, and we here at Germain BMW of Naples couldn't be more excited. The BMW i8 is about edge-of-your-seat performance and creating as light of a carbon footprint as possible. The all-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that delivers 223 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, as well as a 170-horsepower electric motor to power the rear ones. The result? A total of 393 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque combined from both the front and rear wheels.
What's more, the BMW i8 is able to travel from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds, and it achieves a top speed of 155 miles per hour... Not exactly your everyday Hybrid, if you ask us.
Of course, there's still the matter of fuel economy. The BMW i8 plug-in sports car can travel a total of twenty miles on electricity alone. After that, the vehicle engages in hybrid mode. When drawing power from both the battery and gasoline, the BMW i8 carries a rating of 104.2 on the European test cycle.
What make all of these numbers so impressive is the fact that BMW says they're production numbers. In other words, don't expect them to change much between now and the vehicle's release. As for when that will be? BMW has yet to confirm, but we're guessing it will be a 2014 model. And with that, we ask that you stay tuned for more BMW news. Everyone here at 11286 Tamiami Trl N Naples, FL 34110-1622 is dedicated to keeping you informed.