Farewell, i8, We'll Miss You

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Evanwritescars on March 11, 2020, 1:39 pm

BMW's i8, the plug-in hybrid supercar, is ready to end its run after six years on the market. The automaker has announced that the end of the road for the i8 will happen next month.

The i8 went on sale in 2014 with hypercar looks and a quirky plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that gave the first four years of production 357 hp and the later years 369. Thanks to the original 7.1 kWh battery, an all-electric range of 15 miles was possible, with later versions offering a larger pack and an 18-mile range.

While the i8 was an oddball, it was a successful model for BMW, its highest-selling standalone sports car model, though the extremely limited Z8 and M1 aren't much of a competition. BMW built more than 20,000 i8s, and the company said that it had more than half the market of electrified sports cars for much of its run.

It will finish off with 200 Ultimate Sophisto edition cars. Offered in coupe and convertible styles, these cars get a Sophisto Grey exterior paint job with E-Copper trim pieces inside and out.

BMW hasn't yet let slip if there will be a follow-up to the i8, though the company has been working quickly to expand the i-line of electric vehicles and there could be something like a version of the 600 hp Vision M Next concept on the way._a2_

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