Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – BMW

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onSeptember 9th, 2013

BMW’s is premiering the 2015 BMW i8 plug in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The leaked photos seen here shows what’s been changed since the concept version 2 years ago. The doors are no longer all glass, and are sized proportionately to the rest of the car. The i8 features a 3 cylinder 1.5L turbo engine developing 231hp, coupled with a 6 speed automatic gearbox that propels the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by a 131hp electric motor through a 2 speed automatic transmission. This setup, in full power mode, allows the i8 to run 0-100km/h in only 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. All this while delivering average fuel economy of 2.5L/100km.

Along with the i8, the i3 is making its production debut at Frankfurt as well. The entry level EV, due to arrive in the summer of 2014, will be powered by a 168hp electric motor, offers an average 140km of range. An optional 0.6L range-extender engine, which is only used for recharging the battery, will extend the range to around 260km. The i3 is expected to hit showroom floors at a starting price of $41,350.

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