Next-Gen BMW i8 Could Go Fully Electric, Challenge Tesla Roadster

The BMW i8 is a stylish, futuristic-looking plug-in hybrid, but a new report is suggesting the second-generation model could go fully electric.

While the current car has a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder internal combustion engine, an electric motor and an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, Autocar reports that BMW executives are leaning towards making the its successor an all-electric.

Details are limited, but sources told the publication the switch to an electric powertrain would provide a “tangible link” to the company’s effort in Formula E. This is understandable and it would likely help to serve as a halo model for the company’s upcoming slate of electric vehicles.

If the Bavarian automaker eventually decides to make it an EV, the next i8 should have an all-wheel drive system that is heavily based on the one used in the iNext. The model is also slated to use all-new electric motor developed in-house that offer “significantly higher rotational speeds” than the current unit found in the i8.

While BMW is working on solid-state batteries, it appears the technology won’t be ready in time for the i8’s expected launch in late 2023. Instead, the model will reportedly use a lithium-ion battery pack.

Also Read: BMW Drops The Top On New i8 Roadster (And Upgrades The Coupe Too)

However, nothing is set in stone and it’s possible the next-generation i8 could continue to be a plug-in hybrid. There are reportedly a number of advantages to this strategy ,as the car’s existing platform could be upgraded economically and BMW could ramp up performance by swapping out the existing three-cylinder engine for a more powerful four- or six-cylinder unit. If BMW were to go that route, it’s possible the next i8 could have around 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS).

The decision on which powertrain to use could come later this year, so we might learn more in the coming months.

  • delila

    I commonly raking in roughly speaking $9965 a month through internet . It’s considerable wages to leave my previous employment , With the most desirable aspect regarding it’s that I now work for just two or three hours day by day which simply leaves me more and more of free moments in comparison with what I had before with my little ones. Here’s the right way to start out—> PTPFASTER.CRICKET/ANF0Im

  • Bo Hanan

    In an effort to masculate this car- please go full electric.

  • IMAGINE IF THIS HAD BEEN A FULL EV FROM THE START. A HALO EV FROM BMW WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM A LOT OF ATTENTION AND THE TECH WOULD HAVE TRICKLED DOWN. INSTEAD THEY GAVE US THE i3.

    • PK

      hey electric cars takes time to build you know. you just don’t go right away and jump into conclusion just like that!

Watch Jay Kay’s Ferrari GTC4Lusso Being Painted Purple

Jamiroquai’s lead singer got bored for his grey GTC4Lusso, so he had it painted purple.

Build Your Personalized Mercedes-Benz G-Class With G Manufaktur

The Mercedes-Benz G Manufaktur programme includes 23 exclusive colors.

Final 1953 Corvette Still Looks Great And It’s Going Up For Auction

The model is the 300th and final Corvette built during its first year of production.

Porsche’s Latest Product Is Insurance And It Comes With Some Interesting Benefits

Porsche’s mileage-based insurance plan comes with agreed value coverage and a claims concierge.

Hypercar Collection Seized From Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President Heading To Auction

Among the cars seized are a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and Koenigsegg One:1.

Drako GTE Electric Supercar Coming This Summer With 1200 HP

The four-seat Darko GTE will have a top speed of 206 mph.

Aston Martin DB5, V8 And Valhalla Confirmed For Next Bond Film

The Aston Martin Valhalla features a turbocharged V6 engine and a battery-electric hybrid system.

New Audi A3 Set To Spawn A Rugged “Cityhopper” Variant

The Audi A3 Cityhopper will reportedly feature familiar Allroad modifications, but eschew that name due to a lack of all-wheel drive.

The Ferrari F2002 In Which Michael Schumacher Won The 2002 F1 Title Is For Sale

This Ferrari F2002 was driven to victory at the French, Austrian, and San Marino races.

Tesla Model 3 Driver Filmed Sleeping Behind The Wheel On Californian Highway

The driver of this Tesla Model 3 was apparently asleep for up to 30 miles.