x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

I-Spy: BMW's new i8 petrol unit spotted

BMW opts for a turbocharged petrol engine in its new i8.

BMW i8.
BMW i8.

Proof, if any were needed, that BMW has rediscovered its styling mojo, here's a photograph of what's to become the company's plug-in hybrid i8 supercar. The i8 will be the reigning monarch of BMW's new sub-brand, i, once it debuts and is said to pack 2+2 seating and a 0 to 100kph time in the 4.8 second range, along with a hefty price tag of around Dh731,150. BMW is apparently in favour of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit to work in co-ordination with an electric motor. The fact that BMW is gearing the platform towards petrol and not diesel means that this vehicle will more than likely be very powerful. With its lightweight structure and the plug-in hybrid powertrain it will, nonetheless, remain a very fuel-efficient car.