BMW to showcase i8 at Auto Expo
BMW India will showcase the i8 hybrid at the upcoming Auto Expo which begins in the first week of February. It is powered by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine which can generate 231Bhp and 320Nm of torque.
An electric motor provides an additional 131 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The engine drives the front wheels, the motor drives the rear. Combined, the i8 has 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque flowing through all four wheels. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 4.5 sec and can achieve a top speed of 250kmph.
BMW has no plans to launch their all-electric city car, the i3, in India. The unavailability of charging infrastructure in the country is a key reason for BMW not wanting to launch the i3. It is expected to be priced at Rs 1.5 crore Ex Showroom.