BMW Italia and Garage Italia Customs have created the BMW i8 Futurism Edition to celebrate 50 years of BMW history in Italy. Lapo Elkann, President and Founder of Garage Italia Customs, visited the BMW Group and shows the BMW i8 Futurism Edition to Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design:
“There was immediate synergy with BMW Italia the very first time we met for the i8 Futurism Edition project. The BMW i8 Futurism Edition is a practice of style. It gave the Garage Italia Customs Maestros a chance to celebrate a car which is projected towards the future of mobility.” – Lapo Elkann
The BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road. The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.
The BMW eDrive technology is the result of many years of BMW EfficientDynamics development work. The intelligent eDrive propulsion system of the BMW i8 combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine as a plug-in hybrid to create an exceptional driving experience: Outstanding efficiency and maximum dynamics are simultaneously possible. The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp) motor, is located on the front axle. In contrast, the rear axle is driven by a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance and up to 320 Nm of torque; combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system, it guarantees typical BMW driving pleasure. These two drive systems combine to accelerate the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds – with fuel consumption of just 2.1 l per 100 km CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.