It’s time once again for the BMW i8 in Detail video of the week. We’ve previously shared videos on the i8’s design and carbon fiber elements. Today, we visit the topic we know you’re most interested in: the i8’s performance.
After watching the video, you know that the i8 is powered by BMW’s latest eDrive electric motor and a super light twin-power turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Now because the video was made with an international scope, we’ve taken the liberty of converting the numbers to more appreciable values. Unless you can convert metric to standard in your head, you’ll probably want to know that the electric motor puts out 131 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the twin-turbo engine puts out 231 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and together they combine for a net of 362 horsepower. One more number for us to convert: The video says the i8 will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.4 seconds. 100 kilometers per hour is roughly 62 miles per hour, so the i8 actually goes from 0 to 60 even faster.
Not bad for a hybrid, right? The i8’s design also assists its performance. The body is split into two segments that allow for a fifty-fifty weight distribution. It also has aerodynamic architecture, and a body made mostly of aluminium and carbon fiber that further reduce weight and drag, bolstering the i8’s numbers even more.