The power figures beat the concept's output of only 349hp. The aforementioned motivation will arrive via a 170hp electric motor which powers the front wheels and a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine rated at 223hp and 295 lb-ft of torque which powers the rear wheels. The BMW i8
, according to CAR, can utilize a "very clever black box, (the i8) can be front-wheel drive (ZEV), rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive." In pure electric mode, it can travel 20 miles and on the European driving cycle can return 104.2mpg. It takes 6 hours to charge the battery on standard outlets while with a high-voltage hookup charging time is cut to only 60 minutes.