New BMW i8 launched from RM1.3mil

By CARSIFU | 14 August 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Malaysia launched the new iteration of the BMW i8 Coupé, the plug-in hybrid sports car priced at RM1,310,800.00 (on-the-road with 0% GST, without insurance and SST).

The 2+2-seater features a flat bonnet, visible aerodynamics measures, short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large track widths and an elongated roofline to create an aura of dynamism, lightness and efficiency.

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The streamlined and flat silhouette of the new BMW i8 Coupé is combined with a pronounced wedge shape to give the car its classic sports-car look – an impression that is accentuated by is unmistakable scissor doors that open forward and upward in the most stylish gesture.

The acclaimed drivetrain of the new BMW i8 Coupé consists of an electric motor on the front axle and an internal combustion engine on the rear.

The engine’s power is channelled to the rear wheels through a six-speed Steptronic transmission, while the electric motor drives the front wheels via a two-speed automatic gearbox.

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The high-voltage battery is located centrally in the car’s underbody to provide a low centre of gravity, with an increased cell capacity of 33 Ah from the previous 20 Ah.

The electric motor output has increased by 9kW to 105kW, and the electric range now extends to 55 kilometres, broadening the reach of all-electric mobility well beyond the city limits.

The turbocharged three-cylinder combustion engine featuring direct injection and Valvetronic variable valve timing extracts a maximum output of 231hp from its displacement of just 1.5 litres, plus peak torque of 320Nm.

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The combined system output produced by the electric motor and engine acting in unison has also increased to 374hp in the new BMW i8 Coupé.

It accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 4.4 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km, which equates to 42g/km for petrol CO2 emissions.

The cockpit is fitted out with the BMW Head-up Display that changes to a sports display that includes revs, gears and shift lights when performing manual gear changes in Sport mode.

The Navigation System Professional features the most up-to-date user interface, including a modern tile display with live mode. It is controlled using the iDrive operating system, comprising both a Touch Controller on the centre console and an 8.8-inch freestanding Control Display screen.

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Adding a futuristic touch to the interior are the open-pored CFRP Carbon trim on the centre console, door handle and dashboard inlay, the ceramic controls with an embossed i8 logo on the iDrive Controller, and the ceramic finish on the gear selection lever.

The New BMW i8 Coupé’s exterior comes in Crystal White with a Frozen Grey highlight, or the new BMW Individual special paintwork Donington Grey, with the interior in Black Amido or Accaro respectively.

Customers of the New BMW i8 Coupé will also experience the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes the 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program; 2-Year/24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run Flat Tyre offering and services; BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline; BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App - BMW White Card and BMW Service Online.

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