BMW has officially pulled the plug on its i8 hybrid sportscar, with production set to end in April 2020.
The i8 was revealed in Frankfurt in 2013, alongside the fully electric i3. While production of the i8 coupé started in Leipzig back in 2014, the roadster joined the assembly line as recently as February 2018.
The Munich-based firm bills the i8 as the “world's most successful sportscar with an electrified drive system”, saying more than 20 000 units have been sold since 2014.
The all-paw i8 is powered by a turbocharged 1,5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor (the latter drawing urge from a 34 Ah battery), resulting in total system outputs of 275 kW and 570 N.m.
In South Africa, the coupé is priced from R2 105 000, while the roadster starts at R2 340 000.
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