BMW i8 to be Launched in India in February
BMW i8 to be Launched in India in Februaryyoukeys/wikimedia commons

BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is all set to make its India debut. 

The car, which has been testing the patience of Indian auto lovers since its first appearance at Delhi Auto Expo, 2014 is geared up to hit the domestic market on 18 February, reports IndianAutos Blog.

Ahead of its launch in the country, the company has started shipment of BMW i8 to its dealers in the country; folks at ShiftingGears recently managed to capture one such prototype on camera at a dealership in Mumbai.

In the spy shots, BMW i8 was seen with Right Hand Drive. The car will be brought to India as completely built up unit (CBU) and expected to have a price tag of about ₹2 crore .

Under the hood, BMW i8, the hybrid model is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre, twin turbocharging petrol engine, in combination with an electric motor. The petrol engine generates a power of 231bhp, a peak torque of 320Nm and is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox transmission.

The electric motor of the i8 is tuned to generate 131 PS power and 250 Nm torque, taking the total output to 362PS and 570Nm. The car is capable of attaining 0 to 100kmph speed in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph; along with a fuel efficiency of 40kmpl.The car weighs just 1,490 kg despite the presence of a large battery pack.