Was BMW Actually Considering a V6, V8 or V10 for the i8?

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 0

BMW i8 Future Colors

BMW i8 Future Colors

Recently, a few reports have surfaced suggesting that BMW engineers were once considering dropping a V10 gas engine in the BMW i8.  Clearly, this made no sense then and even less now.

i8 Powered by a V10?

i8 Powered by a V10?

The reports further speculate that a V8 and then a V6 was considered for the i8.

As the reports say, BMW eventually ditched these oversized gas engines in favor of the three-cylinder unit that powers the production i8.

Problems is, those reports are wrong.

The i8 has always been BMW’s Efficient Dynamics concept.  Efficiency doesn’t come from large gas-burning engines.

What BMW had actually been considering was a turbodiesel engine.  In fact, the first i8 (Vision EfficientDynamics) concept, which debuted back in 2009, was indeed powered by a turbocharged diesel engine.

This diesel engine was later dropped in favor of a slightly more potent (and we assume cheaper) three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

The gasser made its first appearance in 2011 when the BMW i8 Concept hit the stage in Frankfurt.

An i8 with a V6, V8 or V10 engine makes absolutely no sense, neither does the reason reports gives for BMW ditching these engines: cooling issues?

No, BMW would’ve found a way to adequately cool the engine if it had actually been considering using any of them.

Truth is, the i8 was to be a turbodiesel, but costs and lacks of US acceptance of diesels likely convinced BMW to switch it over to that tiny 1.5-liter three-cylinder.

Source: World Car Fans

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