The BMW i8, first introduced as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, is a plug-in hybrid sports car developed by BMW. The 2015 model year BMW i8 has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 37 km (23 mi) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The design is heavily influenced by the BMW M1Hommage Concept (which is itself, a retro concept of the original M1). The BMW i8 can go from 0–100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The BMW i8 has a fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. We have received some information that BMW is preparing a real treat for us once again, and this time it’s in the form of updated 2018 BMW i8, but if you are interested in more info, keep reading the following text.
2018 BMW i8 engine and specs
We will start with the part that will receive the most updates. There are talks that the electric motor will get a 10% boost in power in the updated car, where the 1.5L 3 cylinder gasoline engine will also be worked on. The combined power output would reach 420 HP instead of the current car’s 362 HP. There are also rumors that the six speed automatic transmission is also getting updated, which probably means that the end result could be an even faster car with better shifting time. As for the battery packs, the capacity of the new ones isn’t out yet, but as the Formula E safety car swaps its 7.1 kWh battery for a 10 kWh one, the same might be expected of the updated i8, meaning that it could significantly increase its all electric range. There is one more thing that might possibly transfer from the safety car to the i8, and that is Halo inductive wireless charging system engineered by BMW partner Qualcomm, which might make this even more desired ride in the future.
Since the majority of updates is going to the hearth (hearths) of this futuristic ride, on the outside of 2018 BMW i8 we can expect a minor nip and tuck that will keep it looking fresh, and it will gain an array of new options including wheels made entirely out of carbon fiber, as well as lowered suspension and a set of AP Racing brakes. They have also been working on the rear end, specifically BMW has replaced rear windshield with the vented panel, and they have fiddled with the space behind it to accommodate the roof section, because there is a convertible i8 in the works also. There might also be some more outside tweaks just to make 2018 BMW i8 more appealing to the larger community, but for now this is all we know.
Interior probably isn’t going to change much. The base of the current i8 interior will remain the same, with a few possible shifts here and there, but the majority is staying the same high-quality futuristic design which will still show plenty of well known BMW ergonomic sensibility. Why change the team that is winning, right? What is most likely to get updated on the inside is the gesture-controlled infotainment system that was introduced last year by the new 7 Series. A nifty little thing that will make this, already futuristic ride, even more advanced.
2018 BMW i8 release date and price
Release date of 2018 BMW i8 is expected to be in the late Q4 of 2017 and it is coming as a 2018 redesigned model. There is a possibility that in the same time a long-awaited convertible called i8 Spyder will be presented alongside the coupe. It will benefit from the same visual and mechanical updates as its fixed-roof brother. The price has not been announced yet, and we have not been able to find any rumors or talks that are even slightly realistic so we are giving you our estimated price, and it is around $150.000. Yes its higher current versions $142.000 but it will be justified by the updates that are going in it.
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