The BMW i8 – the future of the automotive industry is now in the UAE

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by

The i8 is a car you’ve either seen in the Mission Impossible film, heard your friends talk about, or happened to see in its flesh at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show. What’s certain, though, is that you are well aware of what’s just landed on Middle Eastern soil and you’re probably texting your friends all over the world in utter excitement, this very minute.

BMW i8 front side

Coming in as a successor to the BMW i3, the i8 is the second model to be rolled out by the company’s sub-brand that focuses on developing sustainable products and services. Comprising of BMW’s LifeDrive architecture, the 2+2 seater hybrid sports car showcases superior aerodynamics and is sculpted out of environmentally friendly materials.

BMW i8 side

While the upper module consists mainly of a high-strength and lightweight passenger cell made out of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic, the lower drive module is composed of 100% aluminium and houses the battery, electric motor and suspension system.

BMW i8 rear

According to sources at BMW, the decision to utilize Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic was a straightforward one, as it is the lightest available material that can be used for the construction of a vehicle, without compromising safety. In utilizing the material, the brand also receives recognition for being the first ever to make use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic on a mass produced vehicle.

BMW i8 headlight

If you’ve read this far in the hope to get an insight as to the performance it offers, then you’re in luck. Because under the hood of the BMW i8 resides a 1.5 litre 3-Cylinder twin turbocharged engine, which when combined with the electric motor, sends an impressive 362 horsepower to the rear wheels. In terms of flat out speed, the i8 dispatches a 0 – 100km/h run in a mere 4.4 seconds, before continuing to its electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. And just in case the tree huggers wanted to know its fuel economy, it sniffs just 2.1 litres of Octane for every 100 kilometres.

So how much does it all cost? Well, factoring its appearance in a Hollywood movie, remarkable performance and futuristic cabin, not a lot really. Sure, AED 635,000 is definitely not up average Joe’s alley, but it sure seems like a justified price for a vehicle that paves the way for others to follow.

Post Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *