BMW has decided to put an end to its iconic i8 hybrid sports car. This will happen during the first half of this year. First launched globally in 2014, the i8 represented a new breed of supercar, one that was pointing to a cleaner performance future. Now the car is coming to a stop in order to usher in a new range of BMW i cars that will include an iNEXT supercar, as well as an i3 (new-generation), i4 and iX3 among others.

Updated two years ago, the i8 currently uses the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine as it originally did and an electric motor, but now produces 275kW of power and 570Nm of torque, with a real-world 0 – 100km/h time of around 5 seconds. So not a supercar but certainly something exotic from the BMW brand. The company even launched a roofless, two-seat Roadster version which made things even sexier than before.

While it is sad to say goodbye to this pioneer, it is also worth smiling about that the i8 paved the way for new-generation sports cars, especially ones that will not use any petrol or diesel engines. Now we can look forward to what the BMW brand can do with the humble electric motor and lithium-batteries.

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