BMW To Fill The Gap Between i3 And i8? Maybe, Says CEO!

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BMW CEO Harald Krueger told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, "Between the i3 and the i8, there is space if you look at it from the number point of view," when asked about possibilities of new models by the German carmaker.

He said that BMW is in regular touch with major technology companies, including Apple, over connected cars.

Krueger did not reveal any more details though.

The BMW i8 has a 1.5-litre, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that delivers 231 horsepower and a 131 horsepower lithium-ion battery electric motor just behind the front axle. This is mated to a six-speed transmission and the electric motor has a two-stage automatic gearbox. The i8 can run in pure electric mode as well.

The BMW i3 on the other hand is powered by a newly developed 170 horsepower electric motor made of lithium-ion batteries that power the rear wheels.

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Story first published: Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:01 [IST]
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