2017 BMW i8S

Green cars are the next big thing in the automobile industry.
Every automaker is striving to make their lineups “greener”.
BMW is one such automaker. There are reports that the Bavarian
automaker is planning to release a spanking new hybrid dubbed
the “2017 BMW i8S”. The model will make a maiden appearance
during BMW’s 100th anniversary next year with a
production model following in 2017.

2017 BMW i8S Exterior

The 2017 BMW i8S will undergo a significant exterior redesign
compared to the current model. To start with, the weight of the
new model will be lower at 1,485 kg. This is due to the use of
carbon fiber and aluminum in construction of its chassis, body
and other parts.

The model will feature a futuristic design accentuated by laser
headlights which are mounted below the bumper in a manner that
makes the car look more aggressive. The front also features the
signature butterfly grille which also adds to its
aggressiveness. The front bumper has been enlarged to make its
look more powerful. At the rear, the taillights are
sharp-looking to compliment its overall sporty character.

On the sides, the vehicle will feature 2 butterfly doors which
are particularly outstanding. The i8S will ride on big wheels
to help manage its powerful engine and driving
characteristics.  Green, silver, back and red exterior
colors will be offered.

2017-BMW-i8-NCI-2

2017 BMW i8S Interior

Though details on the new BMW i8S interior styling are still
scanty, we know the cabin will be as sporty as the outside.
From the little information we have, we understand the vehicle
will feature sports seats which will be power adjustable to
ensure comfortable seating for people of different sizes. The
seats will also be upholstered in fine leather.

The cabin will also feature a large touch-screen which will
help in managing its infotainment system. The steering wheel
will also be redesigned to make it easy to maneuver the car
even in high speeds. The most up-to-date technology features
will also make their way to the cabin. They will include Wi-Fi
connectivity, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone
integration, and a modern audio system among others.

Safety on the 2017 BMW i8S has been prioritized and the model
will feature automatic airbags, enhanced seatbelts, traction
and stability control, ABS as well as a full package of driving
aids including, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and
parking assist.

2017-BMW-i8-interior-NCI-1

Engine Specs and Performance

Details about the 2017 BMW i8S drive-train are still a closely
guarded secret. However, our credible sources indicate that the
automaker is considering two hybrid drive-trains.

The first drive-train is a twin-turbocharged inline-four engine
good for 320 hp, it is paired with an electric motor capable of
producing 204 hp.

The second engine a 3.0 L, inline-6 that produces 480 hp. The
engine is paired with an electric motor good for 109 hp. 
Whichever drive-train the automaker finally settles on, the i8S
will deliver more than 500 horses.

The engine chosen will be mated to a 9-speed dual clutch
transmission system. The vehicle is estimated to accelerate
from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155
mph.

2017-BMW-i8s-NCI-3

Price and release date

BMW is yet to announce official prices of the 2017 BMW i8S.
However, according to rumors, the model will have a starting
price of around $ 175,000. The model is expected to be released
in the second half of 2017 so it’s still too early to expect
official reports on its price.

Competition

The Porsche
mission E will be the 2017 BMW i8S most ferocious
rival in the market.