BMW has confirmed that the production of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will end in April, almost six years after it went onto the assembly line. The company focuses on a new line of electric vehicles, which includes the compact iX3 SUV, i4 sedan and the flagship iNext SUV. It is expected that a new sports car based on last year’s Vision M Next concept will appear in the next five years.
The Bavarians have yet to confirm the exact date for the end of production of i8, but the company has already warned that those who want to purchase this model need to make an order before the end of February. Many dealers have even begun to discount the price of the hybrid, which also confirms the imminent demise of the i8.
The BMW i8 went on sale in 2014 as the high-performance flagship of the new BMW electric car series. The mid-engine 2 + 2 body layout was sold with only one engine modification throughout the entire production cycle. It was a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, paired with a low-power electric motor. Performance also remained virtually unchanged, although a 2018 update increased its potential from 357 hp. up to 369 hp