BMW Goes in New Direction With i8 Hybrid

By FeaturesFOXBusiness

The BMW i8 is a unique car in the German automaker’s lineup.

It travels as fast as 155 miles per hour and goes from 0-60 mph in about 4.2 seconds. The i8 is also a hybrid, getting the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon.

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1. Interior

Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic lines the passenger cabin, and most of the interior uses recycled materials. The i8 is offered with leather seats and a choice of four interior trims. BMW says the interior is designed with a focus on the driver.

2. Powertrain

The i8 is BMW's first plug-in hybrid. The car combines a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor that generates 129 horsepower. When in sport mode, the i8 uses its electric motor to boost power.

3. Gullwing Doors

One of the most recognizable features of the i8 is the gullwing doors that open upwards. The doors are constructed of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum. BMW says they weigh 50% less than a conventional construction.

4. Tech

Standard equipment includes a navigation system and digital instrument display. BMW also offers a variety of driver assists such as park distance control, automatic braking and a head-up display.

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