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Cars September, 10 2013

BMW Unveils the i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar

BMW gives every other presenter at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show a run for their money with the i8 plug-in hybrid sportscar. The two-plus-two, swan-wing-door coupe runs on a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and on its own delivers a respectable 231 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. An electric motor, in the meantime, sends 131 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque through a two-speed automatic to the front wheels.

When all-wheel drive is engaged, drivers will have 362 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque at their disposal, bringing the i8 to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Topping off this excellent performance is an estimated fuel economy figure of 94 miles per gallon. Charging is quick, too, with a full charge coming from a 110-volt outlet in less than four hours. A BMW Charging Station will bring the charge time down to 1.5 hours.

Anyone who has driven any recent BMW will be familiar with the Driving Experience Control used to activate Sport, Eco Pro or the default Comfort setting. The eDrive button, for its part, will put the i8 into EV mode.

The i8 will arrive in the U.S. this spring for a cool $135,925 USD.

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