The world of automotive today is focused towards providing an eco-friendly experience, and nothing promotes it better than the BMW i8 Coupe. This comes hot off the tails of its predecessor’s introduction into the market back in November 2017. Of course, this is not BMW’s first concept car to ever take shape as it has previously showcased the BMW Concept. X7.
Right off the bat, the exterior of the BMW i8 Coupe remains largely unchanged from its predecessor. There are still some prominent updates, which include the Air Shutter at the bonnet. It’s an active aero feature, which means it’ll open or close depending on aerodynamics or cooling needs.
Besides this upgrade, the BMW i8 Coupe retains its signature butterfly (dihedral) doors along with sleek stream-flow lines on the sides. While oozing elegance and class with plenty of power to boot, the BMW i8 Coupe is still a plug-in hybrid after all. With that said, you will still need to charge the battery that operates the car.
Speaking of being a plug-in hybrid, one of the biggest changes to the BMW i8 Coupe is to its drivetrain, which includes more power and more range. It now has an increased cell capacity in the battery as well as a higher motor output. The range has also been extended to reach 55km. All this power is channelled from the rear wheels of the car through a six-speed Steptronic transmission while the electric motor drives the front wheels with a two-speed automatic gearbox.
While improving its electrical performance, it still carries the same BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 231hp and 320Nm peak torque. Paired with the electric motor, the BMW i8 Coupe can produce up to 374hp while going from zero to hundred in just 4.4 seconds. It also comes with an electronically capped top speed of 250kph.
The BMW i8 Coupe also comes with different driving modes, mainly eDrive and hybrid. In eDrive mode, both acceleration and deceleration are done through the gas pedal. When decelerating, the electric motor acts as a generator to convert the car’s kinetic energy and feeds it back into the battery. In hybrid mode, the electric motor assists the engine when accelerating to provide additional power. It can also recharge the car’s battery, which means there will be sufficient energy and power in the car at all times.
Meanwhile, the interior receives some revamps as well with a new configurable heads-up display and the latest version of Navigation System Professional. This works with the car’s iDrive operating system, which comes with a range of features. There is also an 8.8-inch free-standing display, which will assist in Park Distance Control, ambient lighting, and powered seats to name a few. The upholstery also comes in two forms: Gigia Amido or Accaro E-Copper in spheric leather.
To take home the BMW i8 Coupe, you will have to fork over RM1,310,800.00. The car comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, a two-year tyre warranty, BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, a BMW White Card, and BMW services online. (Images: BMW)