The BMW i8 is a hybrid sports car offering from the Bavarian manufacturer, known for offering state of the art construction and hybrid technologies integrated into one platform. The year 2015 saw BMW become largest hybrid sports car seller; at 5,456 units sold, BMW i8 was ahead well ahead of its market competitors (in fact, sales of i8 in 2015 was more than combined sales of all its competitors). BMW i8 2017 will be released in many trim levels, with an updated technology suite, certainly the one to look out for.
BMW i8 2017 – Beautiful Design:
Upgraded chassis constructed with ultra lightweight materials will further lower curb weight of i8 to some 1,485 kilos; routine butterfly front grilles, improved laser headlamps, butterfly doors, combined with overall front appearance gives out an aggressive and sporty look, which is unparalleled by any other competitors of this segment.
Inside, the BMW i8 2017 boasts of premium quality sports leather covers for seats, which can be adjusted according to age and size of passengers. A large touch screen display interface is a reminder of how technology has been used to dictate all of this car’s features.
The 2017 model will also see the launch of i8 in minimum two trim levels: i8S, a limited edition high-performance version, and i8 Protonic Red special Edition.
Upgraded technology Suite:
Up gradation in technology is evident from a giant 21-inch panorama display interface, along with new sets of user interfaces like Air Touch. Everything about this car will yell all about new technology suite being used for decoration. The aforementioned Air Touch element is practically an evolution of the electronic gesture control system (2016 BMW 7 series), by virtue of which the driver can control navigation, communication and entertainment functions by making use of gestures with a flat hand. A network of sensors will read the controller’s gesture, and the result will be displayed via a Heads up display system, and on the 21-inch panorama display interface.
Probably no other manufacturer in the world focus on innovation like BMW does; BMW i8 2017 is rumored to be a mirror less one, i.e. both side rear view mirrors and central rear view mirror will give way to three cameras, which will project an image from surroundings at various angles.
Another advanced mechanism that might be on board is the BMW autonomous driving system. Drivers can choose from three different modes: a highly automated operation (Auto Mode), a mode where assistance systems intervene actively (Assist) and driving yourself (Pure Drive).
BMW i8 2017 – Drive Train Updates:
Drive train is expected to remain the same for base models and Protonic Red Special Edition models. These will be driven by a 1.5 liter turbocharged three cylinders delivering a peak of 360 horsepower and 57 Newton meters of torque to rear axles, and an electric motor powering the front set of wheels. This unit boasts of an acceleration of 0-62 in 4.4 seconds.
Two sets of drive trains are expected to equip these models in near future: a 2 liter straight 4 twin turbo unit delivering 320 HP coupled with a 204 HP electric motor; the second one is a 3 liter unit putting out a monstrous 480 HP of raw output, and coupled with a 109 HP electric motor.
BMW i8 2017 special performance edition will be powered by another set of drive train: a 2 liter 4 cylinder unit generating 286 HP, coupled with two electric motors (204 HP and 27 HP) putting out a combined 500 HP output. This monster is can literally put a punch through asphalt with its beastly 700 Newton meters of torque.
The new units will be mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission, thus keeping an acceleration track of 0-62 in 3.5 seconds. The BMW i8 2017 special performance version will receive Aisin 8 speed automatic transmission, which will provide 155 mph of maximum speed.
BMW i8 2017 – Competition and Pricing:
With no official scheduled launch date, price tags for BMW i8 2017 may be around $137,450. The price range Protonic Red Edition has not been confirmed yet by the manufacturer.
The Acura NSX is supposedly the primary market rival for this 2017 BMW i8 hybrid. Other possible rivals are the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, also known as hybrid super car trio.