Oh, and the i8 Spyder is also coming at the same time.
We recently reported that BMW is working on an i8 M Sport version of the fuel efficient high performance sports car, but before that happens, the standard i8 is due for a facelift. According to BMW Blog, the updated BMW i8’s gasoline-electric hybrid system will produce an additional 15 horsepower for a total combined output of 372 hp. Also don’t be surprised to see the i8’s 0 to 62 mph time improve from the current 4.4 seconds as well. And because the i8 is also about driving range, we also expect BMW is working to extend range too.
Sources claim this is all possible thanks to a revised battery pack that could be sourced from the i8-based Formula E safety car. Additional i8 updates will include several chassis modifications and possibly some styling tweaks inside and out. If all goes according to plan, the facelifted BMW i8 will debut sometime in 2017, alongside the i8 Spyder. This will happen at either Geneva in March or Frankfurt in September. Both will go sale for 2018. Expect for the open top i8 to benefit from all of its coupe counterpart’s enhancements. As for the i8 M Sport? From what we’ve heard, that’ll be good to go for 2020.