All-New BMW i8 Expected to Arrive in a Few Months
2015 BMW i8 Hybrid Coupe Release Date
All it takes is one quick glance at the 2015 BMW i8 to see that it’s undoubtedly one of the most anticipated of the 2015 models to arrive this year. The redesigned i8 looks as if it would be a conceptual design, as it takes on some impressive design cues that aren’t normally found on production models, but the picture that you’re seeing on the right is, in fact, the production model. Now there hasn’t been an official 2015 BMW i8 Hybrid Coupe release date announced yet, but from what we’re gathering, this stylish new addition to the BMW lineup should be arriving in our new car inventory during the third or fourth quarter of the year.
While we wait in anticipation for the 2015 BMW i8 release date, we thought it would be helpful to ease anxieties by providing you with a closer look at all that the new model will contain. As you may have noticed, we already mentioned that the 2015 model will be similar to last year’s model as it will also employ plug-in hybrid technology. That means that the powertrain of the BMW i8 Hybrid Coupe will use two different power sources to keep it rolling quickly, yet efficiently.
The main source of power is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder which comes turbocharged to deliver 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque on its own. The gasoline engine sends all of its power to the rear wheels. In an interesting form of all-wheel drive, the electric motor will be mounted in the front axle assembly and will send its power to the front wheels. The electric motor up front is rated at 129 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Surprisingly, the engines and motors don’t stop there. Similar to the setup in the front, there is a small electric motor that helps to give the gasoline engine a break by sending a portion of its power to the rear wheels. The back motor doesn’t do much for power, as it’s only rated at 13 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque, but it helps to keep the battery juiced at all times. The electric motor tops off the battery when needed, and it also works as an alternator to collect energy that is typically lost during coasting and braking, and send it to the battery.
The battery will be a 5.2 kilowatt-hour lithium ion which is expected to provide the BMW i8 with an all-electric range of 23 miles and a top speed of 75 mph. When the engine and motors are working in tandem, however, the i8 Hybrid Coupe will be able to achieve a combined fuel economy rating that is estimated at 112 mpg. The i8 will also be much quicker when the powertrain is giving its all. BMW estimates that the hybrid will be able to go zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds. Pretty impressive for a hybrid.
Right now, all we know for sure about the 2015 BMW i8 Hybrid Coupe release date is that the plug-in hybrid will be released to European markets this June, and the U.S. release date should follow a few months later. The i8 Hybrid Coupe will be priced starting at $135,925. If you’re interested in purchasing the quick, stylish and efficient hybrid, be sure to get in touch with us here at BMW of North Haven. We’re more than happy to assist you in any way that we can.