BMW i8 hybrid supercar coming to India, price starts at Rs 1.5 cr

Written by Car Dekho | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 13 2014, 20:19pm hrs
BMW i8 petrolBMW to introduce i8 petrol-electric hybrid supercar at forthcoming Indian Auto Expo 2014. (CarDekho)
The German luxury car maker, BMW, has planned something unique for the growing Indian car market - introducing the BMW i8 petrol-electric hybrid supercar at the forthcoming Indian Auto Expo, 2014, which is commencing from first week of February.

BMW i8 is a carbon bodied supercar and said to be the most expensive vehicle from the auto major in the Indian sub-continent. It is anticipated to be priced at somewhere around Rs. 1.5 crore. Sources say that BMW will start delivering the i8 by late 2014 or early 2015.

Earlier, a prototype of this sensational car grabbed the attention of the enthusiasts in Hollywood movie 'Mission Impossible 4' with Tom Cruise at the wheel.

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With the all new BMW i8 hybrid car, the company claims to deliver a sportscar performance combined with the efficiency of a compact car.

This BMW i8 supercar will come powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that will churn out a maximum power of 357 bhp and peak torque of 570Nm. The car attains its extreme performance levels due to the light-weight aluminium that it sports and at the same time carbon-fibre enables it to cross the speed range of 0 100 kmph in a mere 4.5 seconds.

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The exteriors and the interiors have been exquisitely crafted to match BMWs futuristic car approach. The fascia of this sports car is neatly defined with the modest BMW grille that gets the companys badge right at the centre on the hood. The hood itself is a bit extended and flattened and also gets a triangular like crease in the centre for that rounded impossible-to-achieve curved look.

What makes it more contemporary is a set of optional laser headlamps that provide maximum visibility to the driver. The headlamps have inbuilt daytime running lights and indicators that look entirely different from rest of the BMW cars.

The sides of the BMW i8 supercar leave a long lasting impression with the twin stylish doors that open upwards.

Even the alloy wheels are breath-taking with well-designed multiple spokes.

What the BMW i8 achieves is a perplexing silhouette that makes the stance more presentable. The tail lamps are truly well crafted and look as if the vehicle has eyes at the rear too. Also the rear bumper has been designed elegantly with two lights across the license plate to catch the attention of the onlookers.

The interiors are characterised by the premium sporty, elegant and comfortable seats wrapped by the Halo, Neso and Carpo leather materials. The carbon elements in the door sills and a digital instrument panel along with dual displays are some of the conceptual elements of BMWs class leading interiors. It also gets commendable gadgetry inputs in the interiors like the iDrive Controller, eDriver Button, Parktronics with cameras, pedestrian recognition with automatic braking and many more. The BMW i8 is undoubtedly meant for those who explore the sporty adventure on the premium wheels.

Success of this car in India is debatable. No doubt, the country boasts a number of global business tycoons, so it may well drive sales. However, since this is a presumptions that can go wrong, BMW has allocated just 8 units of the BMW i8 for sale in the Indian market.

Having said that, the entire model range of BMW cars in India has been highly successful. Right from the compact crossovers to the sports cars, all have shown impressive sales statistics. Therefore, the company this time is looking to bid higher and wants to evaluate the response of the domestic enthusiasts towards the ultra-sports car, the BMW i8 petrol-electric hybrid.

Earlier, there were rumors in the Indian auto industry that BMW will launch the i3 electric prior launching the i8, but so far the company has not officially confirmed its launch. The BMW i3 electric which measures less than four meters should do well as the demand for sub-four meters cars in the Indian car market is quite high. Added to this, its cost would have also been lesser than its sibling.

Perhaps the reason of not introducing the i3 hybrid car in the Indian auto market could be that the company doesnt want to split the sales of its currently selling crossovers and sedans with any new hybrid siblings.