BMW i8: The Future of Mobilit

Story By
Tala Pamungkas

Global developments such as climate change and growing urbanization mandate awareness of social responsibility and to organize our lives in a conscious and sustainable manner. As a result of this new consciousness, individual mobility is changing. New infrastructure, limited space and environmental pollution necessitate new mobility solutions.  

With this idea in mind, the BMW Group foresees a future in electro-mobility. BMW is introducing the BMW i series for the very first time in Indonesia, and aims to position the brand as a leader in innovation, sustainability and design. 

A New Generation Of Sustainable Supercar  This car is armed with a plug-in hybrid motor system and premium carbon, fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) – an incredibly strong and remarkably light, sustainable substance.  This material gives the i8 its performance capabilities while lowering the center of gravity. The upper cell is made of carbon fiber, which offsets the weight of the battery completely.

The i8 looks absolutely stunning whichever colour and wheel combination you go for. The narrow LED headlights, elegant curves, spaceship-style rear lights and distinctive flying buttresses all make for a low-slung car with more presence than almost anything else on the road. You’ll need to get used to being the centre of attention, because the i8 is a car that attracts a stream of camera phone-wielding car fans. 

In addition to that, the i8 has nothing less exotic than a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mounted behind the rear seats. But thanks to the addition of a powerful 131 hp electric motor linked to lithium ion batteries, the BMW boasts a healthy combined power output of 362 hp and a thumping 570Nm of torque. As a result, the i8 can rev up from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 250km/h. While the performance figures are pure supercar, the i8’s running costs have more in common with a super mini. And as you’d expect from BMW, there’s a great value servicing pack from financial services and premium selection to lifestyle to suit your needs.