Ultimately, BMW launched the i8 hybrid supercar in India for an eye-watering price of Rs 2.29 crore ex-showroom India. For the given amount of money, its buyers are entitled to enjoy the uninterrupted attention from the onlookers. With the blue accents combined in the paint scheme of white or either black, the theme of hybrid powertrain is clearly uttered in the branding language. Butterfly doors combined with the kidney grille lends this BMW a very aggressive appearance on the front, when let opened its flaps.
To claim the ultimate supremacy over the segment, i8 sends the combined power of 357bhp: 228bhp from a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and another 129bhp from electric motor. Traction is transferred to the rear wheels by petrol engine, whereas electric motor powers the front ones. The overall technicalities of this mid-sized sports car makes it to clock the sprint of 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds whereas the car with its 50:50 weight distribution hits the electronically top-speed of 250km/h. Built entirely by carbon fibre, BMW i8 weighs merely 1490kgs. If asked to rate its fuel-efficiency, they said the electric charge can make it to run a range of 37kms in pure electric mode, with capability of hitting the top-speed of 120km/h quite before the petrol motor springing into action.
Hence, the BMW i8 straightly didn’t had any competitor in the Indian market, but for a pricing reason the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type and their likes fall in its rivalry. In fact, the maker got so excited about the i-Series in India; it even displayed the i3 at the launch venue to gauge the response.