BMW i8 Production Over at Last

by Member - Evanwritescars on June 15, 2020, 1:03 pm

Though it was supposed to happen back in April, production of the BMW i8 PHEV supercar has finally come to an end. With a car that might be the only one finished in its particular shade of blue. One more small-mouthed BMW has come to an end, as the oddball i8 has been dropped presumably in favour of new crossovers with a grille that could inspire a Stephen King short story.

The Portimao Blue i8 was the only one of its kind, says BMW Blog, and was the last of about 20,500 units of the i8 to roll off the production line at the Leipzig BMW plant. The i8 was always a strange one, starting with a 15-mile electric range and a 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine. Together, they made 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, later boosted to 369 hp (and 18 mile range) and the same torque.

While that engine didn't give it performance that quite matched the hypercar looks, the innovative aluminum and reinforced carbon car helped show us that electric-future styling and electric-future performance could go hand in hand an make for a seriously cool car. Even more impressively so since the concept of this one was first seen more than 10 years ago.

There's no direct replacement coming, but BMW is going electric very quickly with an increased i-Series lineup. BMW used its carbon knowledged gained from this one in other cars like the M3 and even the 7 Series. We're hoping something like the M1-inspired Vision M Next will be the best one, either as a full-electric or as a PHEV like the i8._a__a2_

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