BMW will stop production of an i8 sports car in April

BMW will stop production of an i8 sports car in April

January 14, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Information has previously appeared on the Web about BMW’s intention to stop producing the i8 hybrid sports car. But only now the concern decided on the date and the final decision.

BMW’s press service has officially confirmed that the latest i8 hybrid will roll off the assembly line in April 2020. The model was produced for almost six years. Now the conditional competitor for the Porsche 911 will retire, but a successor is not expected.

BMW will switch to a line of new electric vehicles and hybrids. Soon, the compact crossover iX3, i4 sedan and the flagship SUV iNext will be presented on the market. It is expected that the new sports car, based on last year’s Vision M Next concept, will appear no earlier than 2025.

 A BMW spokesman also noted that orders for the car will be accepted until the end of February 2020. After this date, dealerships will sell stocks and deliver already ordered cars. BMW dealerships have already begun offering i8 at significantly reduced prices in anticipation of his retirement.

 Recall that initially the BMW i8 was introduced as a concept with a turbodiesel under the hood at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The first production model appeared in 2014.

For all six years, the BMW i8 was offered with no alternative hybrid installation: a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine, paired with an electric motor. In 2018, the model was updated, and the power increased from 357 to 369 horsepower.