The new sports car the 2015 BMW i8 was design with an abundance of new technology the car also comes with plug-in hybrid powertrain and a all-wheel drive system that will make this BMW one of the most requested and best selling. This sports coupe has a 0.26 coefficient of drag which help fuel economy and increases efficiency. As for the large wheels and tires for a sturdy grip on the road. BMW did add a pair of air intakes that are located underneath the front headlights so that it creates a air curtain surrounding the front wheels and towards the rear there is mounted ram air intakes that are placed in front of each rear wheel.
The uniqueness of the i8’s combination small gas engine paired off with a electric motor. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine is place right behind the cockpit, the specified specs on the current model is 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine so the 2015 BMW i8 is half of the current model that is avaibable right now. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and has a 11hp belt driven starter motor generator which helps keep the lithium –ion batteries charged. The Batteries cells are located in the center of the vehicle normally you would find the transmission tunnel there.
Near the front axle is the 129-hp electric motor with 2-speed transmission the transmission only operates when the car is in first gear and at very low speeds in electric-only eMode. Then it will switch to higher of the available gears at all other times. But when the car is in electric only eMode the 2015 BMW i8 has a range of 22 miles and can top speeds of and up to 75mph and then that will automatically start the turbo 3-cylinder will start. And what amazes me that the car can decides on how much power to transfer to all wheels just by the speed and traction only. The gas-electric powertrain can give up to 360-hp with 420lb.ft of torque which can boost the i8 from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds at a speed of 155mph. When tested in Europe it had a zero-emission at top speed of 75 mph.
After the Auto show in Frankfurt this vehicle is one of this year’s anticipated releases with first examples just coming off the production line. European deliveries begin later this month and information on U.S. deliveries soon to come.