BMW launches its vision for future: the i8 concept supercar
2 min read.Updated: 06 Feb 2014, 11:51 AM ISTHT Correspondent
( with inputs from Hindustan Times )
The German auto major also launched the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo at Rs 42.75 lakh, apart from unveiling the refreshed versions of X5 and BMW M6 Gran Coup at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida.Full coverage: Auto Expo 2014
German auto major BMW on Wednesday brought to Indian soil what it sees as the vision for future: the i8 concept supercar.
It also launched the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo at ₹42.75 lakh, apart from unveiling the refreshed versions of X5 and BMW M6 Gran Coup at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida.
The cars from the BMW stable were unveiled by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
'Locally-produced at BMW plant in Chennai, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be available at dealerships across the country from March 2014,' BMW Group India president Philipp von Sahr said, adding that it will be available in a diesel variant.
The Gran Turismo is a completely new vehicle concept in its class that combines coup elegance with spaciousness, he said.
Speaking about its hybrid car i8, he said it will come as a completely built-up (CBU) unit to India by the end of 2014.
Apart from the space-age looks that features a stretched-out bonnet with an elaborate arrangement of curving panel, a pronounced grille accentuated by LED lighting and the gull wing-like doors, the i8 packs quite a marvel under the hood with powerful electric and petrol engines.
The company claims the 131bhp electric motor can last 35km on the batteries, which can be charged by the petrol motor, regenerative braking or an external electric source. The engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.5litre petrol mill is equipped with a twin-turbo, which has a remarkably high specific output as it produces a peak power of 231bhp with 320Nm of torque.