AutoGuide Test Drives BMW’s Futuristic New i8 Hybrid Supercar
The 2016 BMW i8 is otherworldly – not just in performance and appearance, but in build, with Four-seats, carbon fiber construction, a mid-mounted three-cylinder engine, two transmissions and a pair of electric motors. But according to a new review in AutoGuide, the i8 is a glimpse at the not-so-distant future of hybrid performance supercars.
A lot of cars on the road today claim to have a unique or cutting edge drivetrain, but with the i8, it’s absolutely true. Sitting midship is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired to an 11-hp electric motor. Combined, they send a total of 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
Complimenting that setup is a second electric motor up front pumping an additional 129 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. But the innovation doesn’t stop there, as there’s not one, but two transmissions. Hooked up to the mid-mounted engine is a six-speed automatic, while the front motor has a two-speed auto of its own. This all adds up to a zero to 60 mph acceleration run in four seconds or less, with top speed limited to 155 mph.
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