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The 2018 BMW i8 LCI (L12) is a plug-in hybrid 2+2 seater sports car developed and manufactured by BMW.

Fitted with the modular B38 inline-3 engine, it's capable of producing 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb⋅ft (320 N⋅m) of torque by itself, with two mounted electric motors introducing an additonal 141 bhp (105 kW) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) of torque.

Announced at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show as the "Vision EfficientDynamics Concept", it was showcased as BMW's vision for a new generation of combustion engine and electric hybrid cars, fitted with an inline-3 turborcharged diesel engine with two electric motors.

Prior to it going on sale in April 2014, an i8 Concept car was shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW i sub-brand was established in 2011 for BMW's new i series of cars, the BMW i3 went on sale in July 2013 as the first "Project i" car to reach the market, and the production i8 was shwon at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Going on sale in 2014, it sold over 1,500 units, and sold nearly 5,500 units in 2015, making it the best-selling hybrid sports car. Although it outsold all other hybrid sports cars combined for its first two years on sale, it quickly gained a reputation for high depreciation and expensive mantinance.

The LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) is a mid-to-late update to an aging product in the BMW lineup, and is used as a means of invigorating any market interest in a product without the need for developing a new model. In 2017, it was fitted with new headlights, new lighter wheels, a new bonnet air shutter, and a "coupé" c-pillar badge to denote the difference from the new roadster introduced the same year.

In 2018, the capacity of the batteries for the electric motors was increased from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh, and BMW ceased production of the i8 in June 2020.

Games

Need for Speed: Heat

The i8 Coupé '18 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following its brief appearance in the official reveal trailer, which was released on August 14, 2019.[1] An article, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, was published[2][3] on August 19, 2019, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as part of container 1, which was included with the release of the app.

Stock

The stock i8 Coupé '18 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png133,000 upon reaching Reputation Level 18NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of six and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE BMW i8 Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 18
Infobox 2017White Car.png 193
NFSHE Icon Bank.png133,000
POWER 2.0
HIGH SPEED 2.6
ACCELERATION 3.1
NITROUS 2.0
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 369
0-60 MPH [s] 4.20
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 420
TOP SPEED [mph] 186
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 6/10)
Engine Swaps (9 Available)
369 hp 1.5L I3 Hybrid
88,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 369 / 660
345 hp 4.0L V8
131,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 345 / 1,009
493 hp 3.0L I6
184,000, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 493 / 884
503 hp 2.9L V6
192,500, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 503 / 905
577 hp 4.0L V8
271,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 577 / 1,033
591 hp 3.8L V8
254,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,048
570 hp 4.5L V8
289,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 570 / 1,118
600 hp 2.0L I4 Hybrid
299,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 600 / 1,089
591 hp 4.4L V8
324,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,120

"Khyzyl Saleem" Edition

The i8 Coupé "K.S." '18 is included as part of the Deluxe Edition release of Need for Speed: Heat.

It is placed into the player's garage upon redemption but can not be selected until the player has reached Reputation Level 10NFSHE Icon Rep.png, at which point it is also unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png0.

It has a customisation rating of zero and can not be visually customised in any manner, but can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE BMW i8 2018 KS Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 10 (Deluxe Edition Upgrade)
Infobox 2017White Car.png 193
NFSHE Icon Bank.png0
POWER 2.0
HIGH SPEED 2.6
ACCELERATION 3.1
NITROUS 2.0
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 369
0-60 MPH [s] 4.20
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 420
TOP SPEED [mph] 186
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 6/10)
Engine Swaps (9 Available)
369 hp 1.5L I3 Hybrid
88,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 369 / 660
345 hp 4.0L V8
131,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 345 / 1,009
493 hp 3.0L I6
184,000, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 493 / 884
503 hp 2.9L V6
192,500, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 503 / 905
577 hp 4.0L V8
271,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 577 / 1,033
591 hp 3.8L V8
254,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,048
570 hp 4.5L V8
289,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 570 / 1,118
600 hp 2.0L I4 Hybrid
299,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 600 / 1,089
591 hp 4.4L V8
324,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,120

Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. Video: Need for Speed (2019) Need for Speed™ Heat Official Reveal Trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ewiJJe_nYI
  2. Article: ea.com (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/news/nfs-heat-car-list
  3. Article: gtplanet.net (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: https://www.gtplanet.net/need-for-speed-heat-car-list/
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