The future of the supercar

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

The future of the supercar arrives in Ireland this month in the shape of the new BMW i8.

The starting price from €136,430 on-the-road includes a €2,500 VRT relief and a €5,000 SEAI grant.

The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid performance vehicle that uses a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with a 1.5-litre capacity, in conjunction with an electric motor to provide searing acceleration but in a package that takes BMW's EfficientDynamics philosophy to a new high, delivering 155mph, yet posting just 49g/km and 135mpg figures in the process.

Torque is electronically limited at 570 Nn. The i8 offers you a 0–62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

And for peace of mind, the 'BMW 360° Electric' provides an unique package of assistance and mobility solutions.

The design of the BMW i8 brings together hallmark BMW dynamics, lightweight design and efficiency. The 2+2-seater is immediately recognisable as a BMWi model and a new - generation sports car. A length of 4,689mm, width of 1,942mm and height of 1,298mm give the BMW i8 typical sports car proportions. Its dynamic character is also reflected in its long bonnet, clearly visible aerodynamic aids, stretched roofline, short overhangs and long, 2,800mm, wheelbase.

The car's wide track (1,644 millimetres at BMW the front axle, 1,715 millimetres at the rear) completes the powerful dynamic presence generated by the car's proportions.As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road.

The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.

Every great pioneering achievement has its own story. In the case of the BMW i8, it begins in 2008 with the launch of Project i – and with no lesser objective than the reinvention of urban mobility. Just one year later, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept showed what a technology leader geared fully toward energy saving can look like. This was the basis that gave rise to the BMW Concept i8, which demonstrated in near-production-ready form where the development would lead. All available BMW EfficientDynamics technologies were already united within this vehicle, an intelligent lightweight concept had been implemented, and the idea of a sports car for the future was already detectable.

Series production of the BMW i8 marks the current peak of the development: a plug-in hybrid with the appearance and the breathtaking performance of a supercar.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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