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Seems like a neat idea: 3cyl turbo engine in back, electric drive in front. The mid-mounted 1.5L inline 3 develops an impressive 231HP and 236FT-LB of torque (basically stock bugeye numbers)! Apparently this engine is also headed to the Mini Cooper soon. The ICE powers the rear wheels alone, and seems to be completely decoupled from the electric drive, making this a unique hybrid arrangement.
The electric drive in front develops 131HP and 181FT-LB of torque. The car can drive up to 77mph for 22 miles on electric power alone. With both systems combined, you've got an effective 362HP and 420FT-LB of torque, which drives all four wheels. This is supposedly enough to scoot the 3,330LB 2+2 coupe from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds, up to an electronically limited 155mph.
I'm curious to see the sticker price on this. The unibody is an exotic mix of carbon fiber and plastics, which can't be cheap. Combine that with the complicated drivetrain, and I'm figuring this will be targetting well-equipped R8 price points. ($150k-ish?) Bear in mind the M6 convertible starts around $120k, so I'm not sure if the i8 would shoot above or below that.