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It`s Official! BMW to launch the i8 sports car in India on February 18th

BMW i8 front view

The name BMW needs no introduction. Every car enthusiast has dreamt of driving a BMW one day and the same goes with me. But the BMW i8 which was showcased at the Auto Expo is altogether in a different league. It looks like no other BMW though it features the trademark BMW grille the car looks futuristic and makes one`s imagination run wild, making one think this car is straight out of a sci-fi movie. BMW fans waiting for this car don’t have to wait longer to see this car scorch the Indian roads. The BMW i8 will be officially launched in India on the 18th of February.

The BMW i8 will be launched in India by none other than the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The i8 has a lot of technology packed into it, a plug-in hybrid sports car with an electric range of 37 km and a total range of 600 km. The car is capable of a 0-100 sprint in just 4.4 seconds. The BMW i8 can reach a speed of 120kmph in the all-electric mode while the combined (electric motor + gasoline engine) top speed is an electronically limited 250kmph. The vehicle is light and weighs just 1,485 kilos and what`s more impressive is the extremely low drag co-efficient to make it aerodynamic.

BMW i8

If that`s not enough to boast of, the car features LED headlights and oozes style that will make car enthusiasts drool over its looks at first glance. The vehicle features a heads-up display and comes with a specially developed fake engine note, and the scissor doors take the oomph factor of the BMW i8 to another level. The i8 is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol motor which churns out 231 PS of power and 320 Nm of twisting force at 3700 rpm. The hybrid electric motor pumps out 131 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Being a niche product BMW has managed to sell 1,781 units of the i8 last year and with the Indian launch the car maker can only expect this number to increase. The BMW i8 will be brought to India via the CBU route, so expect the car to carry an (ex-showroom) price tag of Rs 2 crore.

If you plan on buying one, we suggest you to think twice as it`s not going to be easy on your wallet!