German carmaker BMW's i-division has been hard at work pushing out a new battery upgrade to the i3 electric hatchback. The next project from the i-division is the upcoming BMW i8 facelift which is set to hit showrooms in 2017.
The facelifted BMW i8 will feature a host of changes taken from the i8 used as a safety car in Formula E including a power upgrade to the petrol-electric hybrid powertrain which propels the sports car along with a few chassis tweaks.
According to BMW Blog, the facelifted i8's petrol-electric powertrain is set to unleash an extra 15 horsepower onto the streets kicking the final output of the hybrid drivetrain to 372bhp.
The extra oomph should result in a decrease in the 0 - 100km/h time for the facelifted model compared to the current i8 which completes the sprint in 4.4 seconds.
The facelifted i8 may also get an increase in electric range if BMW slots the 10.0kWh battery pack from the new i8 Formula E safety car in the revised road-going variant of its range-topping hybrid sports car. The current BMW i8 uses a 7.1kWh battery pack.
Also expected to be carried over from the Formula E car is the modified chassis along with some revisions to the springs and dampers.
The revised i8's launch in 2017 may coincide with the launch of the Spyder variant of the car, a vehicle BMW's customers have been waiting a long time for.
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