The new i8 from BMW is expected to go on sale later on this year and will have a price tag of about £150,000. The flagship hybrid supercar from BMW is said to be shaping up rather nicely. It is set to officially debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will hit the roads in the United Kingdom by the end of the year. The i8 is a very serious sports car, which has a plug in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

The BMW uses a 220 brake horsepower engine

The BMW uses a mid mounted 220 brake horsepower three cylinder 1.5 litre petrol engine, which delivers 300 newton metres of torque to the rear axle. The engine is built at BMW’s Hams Hall engine plant, which is near Birmingham. Powering the wheels at the front of the car is a 129 brake horsepower electric motor, which should deliver 250 newton metres of torque to the front axle. This means that the i8 should complete the 0-62 mile per hour sprint in 4.6 seconds, which is exactly the same time as a dual clutch equipped BMW M3. Though like the BMW M3, the top speed will be limited to 155 miles per hour.

Even more impressive than that, the BMW i8 claims an average of 104.6 miles per gallon. That is thanks to the lightweight construction, it uses an aluminium space frame chassis and carbon fibre reinforced plastic to minimise the impact of the batteries, made from lithium ion and keep the weight down. Overall, the model weighs 1,480 kg, which is less than the M3 model.

The doors of the BMW swing up, similar to a Lamborghini model, whilst the interior is likely to feature 2+2 seating. Passengers in the front get full sized seats, whilst the back will will only be big enough for small children due to how low the roofline of the BMW is. At the rear of the car, the bold spoiler, which was seen on the concept car is still there, with air vents also along the back windscreen.

A convertible BMW i8 Spyder will be offered next year.