Courtesy of BMW Indonesia.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brand, BMW Indonesia got a special present for its customers with the official release of the BMW i8; the plug-in hybrid sports car was released in a recent motor show. In a rare session, we tested the BMW i8 in a private area in Nusa Dua Bali last September. The BMW i8 is the first model to be introduced in Indonesia from the BMW i sub-brand.
The i8 really turns heads, as it is one of the most beautiful BMWs to date, with a sporty low-slung, futuristic look with its aerodynamic design. The butterfly doors make the car stand out even more, amplified by its carbon fiber shell visible near the doorsill. The 2+2 coupe combines a plug-in hybrid drive system with a passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and an aluminum frame for the combustion engine and the electric motor, the battery pack and the suspension. All the weight savings allow the car to weigh only 1.5 tonnes.
Getting inside the car, the interior, though not as futuristic as the concept car, delivers typical BMW quality with leathers all around the interior. The dash is all digital, to show clearly and responsively all the car data; the entire instrument in the center console is positioned to face the driver. The interior also uses sustainable materials, such as recyclable textiles.
Hybrid sports cars bring a new driving experience, whereas a naturally aspirated engine needs to be revved, and even turbochargers must build boost, the electric motor of the BMW i8 gives an immediate response when you hit the throttle. The gasoline engine will then complement the electric motors later in the rev range. The electric motors in the front wheels delivers 131 horsepower while the three-cylinder 1.5 liter turbocharged engine generates 231 horsepower mounted on the back of the car, the setup means the car is an all-wheel drive with a combined 362 horsepower. The combo allows the i8 to sprint from a halt to 100 kmh in 4.4 seconds, have a top speed of 250 kmh and a staggering fuel economy of 2.1 liter/100 km. The i8 emitted only a mere 49-gram of CO2/km.