Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Automotif CDLXXXIV...

BMW's plug-in hybrid i8 still looks exotic ten years after its launch. It's got a 228hp turbocharged 1.5L inline three cylinder motor in the back, with a 129hp electric motor driving the front wheels. It can putter around town on just the electric motor, or use the electric motor as a booster for the gas motor in performance mode. Car and Driver got a 4.0 second 0-60 and a 12.5 quarter out of their U.S. spec test car.

Mostly just intended to be a tech demonstrator and a tentpole car for future hybrid Bimmers, they made a bit over 20,000 of them from 2014 to 2020, of which 6,776 were imported here.