BMW may launch new high-performance i8 version next year
According to an Auto Express report, BMW is apparently working on a new, higher-performance version of its i8 hybrid sports car aimed at "green" auto aficionados. The BWM i8 plug-in hybrid is a fascinating vehicle which comes with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and accompanying electric.
The Auto Express report - citing information shared by unidentified "insiders" - has revealed that BMW may roll out a more powerful i8 version as early as 2016. As per the Auto Express sources, BMW is testing a new powertrain which uses a bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, in place of the existing, 1.5-liter turbo-three engine.
The sources claim that output from the gas-fed segment of the new powertrain will likely increase from 228 horsepower to approximately 300 horsepower; thereby swelling the more powerful i8 hybrid's total output - together with the electric motor - to nearly 450 horsepower. The increased power will expectedly enable the high-performance i8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
However, to compensate for the weight added by the bigger four-cylinder engine in the high-performance i8, BMW will likely make some changes to the new hybrid vehicle, including some unpainted carbon fiber panels, removal of rear seats, and/or a more stripped-down interior.
Meanwhile, along with boasting a larger and more powerful engine, the new high-performance BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will also have a slightly more sporty design, probably with a spoiler.
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