BMW i8 to retire in April 2020

by Kiana
January 23, 2020

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BMW has confirmed that the production of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports-car will cease in April, as they shift their focus to a new line of electric cars, including the iX3 compact SUV, i4 saloon and iNext SUV flagship.

According to Autocar, the i8 will be replaced by a production version of the M Next concept within the next five years or so.

Launched in 2013, the i8 had a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a low-output electric motor. Together they produced 357 horsepower and 570Nm of torque. The i8 had a pure electric driving range of 37 km.

In 2018 the electric motor gained a few extra kilowatts and its output boosted to 369 horsepower and the larger battery improved the EV range to 55 km.

Autocar has reported that the i8 could be reborn as an electric rival to the second-generation Tesla Roadster.