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    • Second gen 2022 BMW i8 to get B48 2.0 four-cylinder and 201 horsepower electric motor?

      The i8 is a flop. It does not seem to know what it wants to be. A sports car it is not due to the tiny three-cylinder 1.5 gasoline motor and it is not a full electric with quick off the line performance like a Tesla. It was an expensive technology exercise.


      You can pick up used examples in the ~$60k range which is less than half the original MSRP. That does not indicate a highly desirable car.

      BMW intends to rectify these mistakes with the second generation i8 due as a 2022 model. That is if Automobile magazine got their details correct.

      The B48 2.0 four-cylinder motor would be tweaked to over 300 horsepower and paired with a 201 horsepower electric motor. With over 500 horsepower the i8 becomes attractive especially with all wheel drive and an even lighter curb weight.

      BMW should have given the i8 a four-cylinder to begin with but at least they are learning from their mistakes.

      An M version of the i8 is what we all really want but this is a step in the right direction.

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      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        It would be cool to see how far the existing i8 could go from building the engine and pairing it with a larger turbo.

        The 1.5L B38K15T0 produces 230hp in the i8.

        A built big turbo 1.5L should be able to produce 400hp pretty easily.

        140hp from the e-motor + 400hp built big turbo = 540hp

        The torque from the e-motor would make the turbo lag less noticeable and it would feel linear as the e-motor torque falls while the big turbo torque rises.

        The NEW i8 will open up the tuner doors. B48 with 300hp, bigger turbo, tune, 500hp + 200hp e-motor = 700hp
      1. Zombie1's Avatar
        Zombie1 -
        Someone should buy a used I-8 rip the motor and batteries out and stuff a v8 in it.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Zombie1 Click here to enlarge
        Someone should buy a used I-8 rip the motor and batteries out and stuff a v8 in it.
        The chassis is pretty weak from my understanding.
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Zombie1 Click here to enlarge
        Someone should buy a used I-8 rip the motor and batteries out and stuff a v8 in it.
        its been done already