What is it? The i8 is a low-slung, all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid sports car with a 129-hp electric motor powering the front wheels and a 220-hp, 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear. Combined output is 349 hp, good for a blistering 0-60 mph run in less than 4.6 seconds, BMW claims.
The i8 will have an all-electric range of 20 miles before the gas engine will have to kick in, though the engine can be tapped as needed for maximum performance. Charge time is said to be under an hour and a half. Like the i3, the i8 is also made of carbon fiber, and it weighs less than 3,300 pounds. BMW says the i8 is 182 inches long, 77 inches wide, and 50 inches tall, giving it supercar-like proportions.
When will it be available? 2013