The head of Alpina told why BMW forbade to make a powerful i8July 3, 2019
The head of the studio Alpina told Jalopnik how the management of the German mark forbade him to work on a more powerful version of the hybrid i8. Engineers even managed to build a prototype of a supercar with a “turbo-four” and bring it to road tests, but BMW considered that such a car did not match the ideology of the “green” sub-brand i.
In an interview with David Tracy from Jalopnik, Aplina managing director Andreas Bofenzipen talked about how his specialists modified the rear subframe to install a three-cylinder four-cylinder turbo-engine instead of a three-cylinder stock. After the modifications, the output of the hybrid powerplant i8 was about 460 forces, which is 100 horsepower more than a conventional car.
BMW didn’t like the result, because it didn’t meet the brand’s values, Bofenzipen said. In addition, such a coupe could be a direct competitor to the M-cars, and also, Bofenziepen recalls, BMW remained dissatisfied with the visible exhaust pipes.
Conventional coupe and roadster BMW i8 equipped with a hybrid installation on the basis of turbo-three 1.5. The total recoil of the restyled car engine is 374 horsepower and 570 Nm of torque. Before the first “hundred”, the hybrid can accelerate in 4.4 seconds.