BMW i8 Facelift Set To Arrive In 2017: More Power & Spyder On The Cards

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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.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

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.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

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.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

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.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

Also expected to be carried over from the Formula E car is the modified chassis along with some revisions to the springs and dampers.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

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.

BMW i8 Facelift May Launch In 2017; Spyder Version Set To Arrive Alongside

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 12:50 [IST]
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