BMW will soon stop producing i8 sports cars. British brand dealers will no longer accept orders for new hybrids starting in March. According to Autocar, the successor to the gas-electric model will be a “clean” electric car and will enter the market no sooner than five years from now.
Autocar sources say the i8 will be off-line in April. In the UK, BMW dealers have already begun to reduce prices for the hybrid “eights”: for example, the i8 Roadster has fallen in price by 20 thousand pounds (about 1.6 million rubles). Officially, the company has not yet announced the end date for production of the model.
The new sports car, developed based on the Vision M Next concept, will be built over five years using the technology of the BMW i Motorsport Formula E racing division – the Bavarians see the revived Tesla Roadster and Audi R8 e-tron as potential competitors.
The BMW i8 hybrid sports car prototype was first shown in September 2009 as a Vision EfficientDynamics concept. The serial embodiment of the model was released in 2014, and the roadster expanded the gamut in 2018. Over the six years of production, the technical filling of the sports car has not changed much: during the restyling, the power of the power plant, consisting of a 1.5 turbo engine and an electric motor, was increased from 357 to 369 horsepower.
In the near future, BMW will focus on the market launch of all-electric models – the compact iX3 crossover, i4 sedan and the flagship iNEXT model. The role of the supercar in the range will be performed by the M8 coupe.
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