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German auto manufacturer BMW has discontinued its i8 hybrid sports car range of sports cars. The auto giant planned to discontinue the BMW i8 models from its global portfolio during April this year, and add the vehicle to its BMW Hall of Fame. The company was forced to reschedule because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The brand just about rolled out the last BMW i8 unit from its Leipzig factory in Germany. Finished is Portimao Blue, the last unit has been bought by a private owner based in the same area. A collective of 20,500 units of the BMWi8 have been produced over six years.
Launched during 2014 as a Coupe, the BMW i8 was absolutely futuristic. The brand eventually launched a two-seater Roadster variant during 2014. The i8 would go on to become a modern classic.
Essentially a production version of the brand's Vision EfficientDynamics concept that was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. BMW's Head of Design, Mr Benoit Jacob, was heavily involved in design and production.
The BMW i8 was initially powered by a 1.5-litre twin-power turbo three-cylinder engine that produced 228 brake horsepower and 319 Newton-meters of torque.
The engine was mated to a 96 kilowatt motor that produced 129 brake horsepower and 250 Newton-meters of torque, alongside a 7.1 kilowatt-hour battery unit. BMW upgraded the battery during 2018 to a 11.8 kilowatt-hour unit that produced 141 brake horsepower and 250Newton-meters of torque.
In its newest and now last avatar, the BMW i8 featured an engine and an electric motor that produced a total of 369 brake horsepower and 570 Newton-meters of torque.
The i8 was technically on All-Wheel-Drive as the three-cylinder engine propelled the rear axle, while the electric motor propelled the one at the front.
The BMW i8 returned an excellent fuel economy of 10 kilometers per litre, and a combined range of over 500 kilometers. The vehicle had an electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometers per hour, and could run roughly 30 kilometers via its electric only format.
As is, BMW doesn't have plans to unveil or launch a successor for the i8, however its 2019 Vision M Next Concept that was unveiled last year could be the next futuristic car the brand launches.
Thoughts About The BMW i8 Discontinued
The BMW i8 was built to offer a fantastic balance between driving dynamics and efficiency. It was an iconic car that was ahead of its time. We're not surprised that the brand decided to discontinue the i8. Legends and icons have short lives, but live forever.