The German luxury car maker, BMW, has now planned something unique for the much growing, Indian car market. It now looks forward to introduce the i8 petrol-electric hybrid supercar at the forthcoming Indian Auto Expo, 2014, commencing from first week of February. This carbon bodied supercar is said to be the most expensive car from the car maker in the Indian sub-continent. It is anticipated to be priced at somewhere around Rs. 1.5 crore. Earlier, a prototype of this sensational car grabbed the attention of the enthusiasts in Hollywood movie ‘Mission Impossible 4’ with Tom Cruise driving it. (CarDekho)
With the all new i8 hybrid car, the company claims to deliver sports car performance with the efficiency of a compact car. This thought provoking sports car 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 performance attains it extreme limit with the light-weight aluminium and at the same time, carbon-fibre enables it to cross the speed range of 0 – 100 kmph in a mere time span of 4.5 seconds.
Even the exteriors and the interiors have been crafted with the top notch perfection levels to match up with BMWs futuristic cars approach. The fascia of this sports car is neatly defined with the modest BMW grille that gets the company’s badge right at the top centre on the hood. Hood is bit extended and flattened and also gets a triangular like crease on the centre. What makes it more contemporary, is a set of optional laser headlamps that avail maximum visibility to the driver. The headlamps have inbuilt daytime running lights and indicators that look entirely different from rest of the BMW cars. Sides 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 it gets is a perplexing silhouette that makes the stance more presentable. The tail lamps are truly incredible that looks 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. (CarDekho)
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 the BMW’s 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 i8 is undoubtedly, meant for those who explore the sporty adventure on the premium wheels.
Success of this car at a price tag of around 1.5 crore rupees is a debating topic for a market like India. No doubt, the country is a residence of global business tycoons so it may drive their attention. Presumptions may prove to be wrong for a dynamic automotive market in India. Initially, the company has allocated just 8 units for sales in the Indian auto-market. We believe that at the initial stage, the company wants to figure out the response of this ultra-sports car in the Indian subcontinent. (CarDekho)
The entire fleet of the BWM cars in India have been highly successful. Right from the compact crossovers to the sports cars, all have shown impressive sales statistics. Therefore, the company this time bidding higher and wants to evaluate the response of the domestic enthusiasts towards the ultra-sports car, the i8 petrol-electric hybrid. This approach from the car maker is somewhat like a gamble to test out the results of an ultra-sports machine which can only be afforded by the cream business class buyers of the country. (CarDekho)
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 about its launch. The company should have initially launched the i3 electric that measures less than four meters 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 elder sibling. Perhaps the reason of not introducing the i3 hybrid car in the Indian auto market could be that the company doesn’t want to split the sales of its currently selling crossovers and sedans with any new hybrid siblings. Sources say that BMW will start the delivers of the i8 Hybrid car by late 2014 or early 2015. With eight units allocated for India in the initial year of the launch, the company might be expecting to get a major share in the ultra-sports car segment. (CarDekho)