BMW i8 axed: Ends as world’s most popular plug-in hybrid sports car

The BMW i8, which currently holds the title as the world’s best selling plug-in hybrid sports car, has been axed six years after going into production.

Over 20,000 have been sold production began in 2014. The design was previewed by the 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept, and the production coupe made its debut at the Frankfurt show in 2013.

Basically the successor to the M1, the i8 had a 2+2 coupe body with a plug-in hybrid powertrain with total of 266kW (357hp) and 570Nm (420 lb-ft).

Its core engine was a 1.5L turbo I3 with 170 kW; 228 hp and 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft). Its 7.1kWh battery had an EPA EV range of 24km (15mi).

The 0-100km/h time was 4.4s, and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

The i8 was updated in 2018 with a more powerful electric motor and a larger 11.6kWh battery. The Roadster model was added to the range in the same year.