Combined of both an electric motor producing 143hp that drives the front wheels, and a 1.5L turbo three-cylinder petrol engine producing 321hp powering the rear wheels through a 6 speed automatic transmission, the i8 generates a total output of 374hp, achieving a 0-60 of just 4.4 seconds!
The electric motor does most of its work low-down, with 250Nm of torque available from the get go, but will continue to boost the overall output once the engine is working
The i8 has a small luggage space, of just 154L
With a carbon fibre ‘Life module’ (bodywork tub) and aluminium ‘Drive module’ (chassis), making up the firm’s LifeDrive architecture, safety should be competent, such is the strength of its structure. It’s this Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) construction that allows for such large door openings without compromising strength. Of course that alone can’t offer the best occupant protection, but anyone involved in an accident while inside the i8 can rest easy in the knowledge that there are six airbags fitted as standard, including head/curtain airbags that extend to the rear seats.