We are thrilled when we found out that BMW released the photos of BMW i8 coupe concept. In case you don’t know, this particular car will be acting as Tom Cruise – or should we refer as Ethan Hawke – fancy transportation on the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. So, when this futuristic coupe concept joins the production line-up? BMW stated that the BMW i8 coupe concept due for launch in production form in 2013 and 2014. With BMW i8, the BMW Group aims to provide answers to the mobility challenges of the future, which includes both purpose-built premium vehicles with electric drive as well as intelligent mobility services.
“We are marking another milestone in the history of the BMW Group. As Chairman of the Board and an engineer myself, I am very proud of this project,”declared Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at Friday’s premiere of the two vehicles in Frankfurt which we predict one of the vehicles should be BMW i8 coupe concep . “As the world’s leading premium car manufacturer, our aim is to offer customers purpose-built electric-drive cars as well,” he added.
The BMW i8 coupe concept goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and boasts fuel consumption of under three litres per 100 km. Its plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 260 kW allows a range of up to 35 kilometres in electric mode – sufficient for most everyday journeys.
For more dynamic driving or out-of-town routes, a high-performance three-cylinder petrol engine also comes into play. The BMW i8 coupe concept has an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h and space for up to four occupants.
Both concepts are set to make their public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September. The production versions of the BMW i3 and the BMW i8 coupe concept will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany, a move which will require an investment of approximately million euros by 2013, and create some 800 new jobs.