Hybrid BMW i8 will be discontinued in AprilMarch 11, 2020
The Bavarian automaker has confirmed that production of a plug-in hybrid sports car will end next month, almost 6 years after its launch.
The Leipzig plant in Germany will cease production of a rival Porsche 911 in mid-April after deciding to focus on developing a new line of electric models, including the iX3 compact SUV, i4 sedan and iNext flagship SUV, which debuted online in Geneva. But another electric car, based on last year’s Vision M Next concept, will appear in the next 5 years.
The first model to join the BMW i sub-brand has collected more than 20,000 orders worldwide since it first went on sale in 2014 and then was updated in 2018. Initially, the car was only available in a coupe, but after restyling, it got an open-top roadster.
Throughout the car’s existence, it was supplied with a non-alternative power plant consisting of a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which was helped by a weak electric motor. Performance indicators remained mostly unchanged, although the 2018 update increased the output of the units from 357 hp. up to 369 hp
BMW said in an official statement that the i8 will stop production in the limited edition Ultimate Sophisto Edition, which will be limited to only 200 copies.
BMW representatives have already begun offering the i8 at significantly reduced prices in anticipation of the model leaving the market. Some have offered a hardtop option for 93,115 pounds. Thus, the discount is about 20 thousand pounds.
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