The BMW i8 looks and performs like an exotic supercar, but does it sound like one?
Considering it has an engine just slightly larger than what you’d find in a Mitsubishi Mirage, one would think the BMW i8 wouldn’t have the grunt you’d expect from a car that accelerates to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. But thanks to its electric powertrain, the i8′s 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder combined for a total system output of 362 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Needless to say, the i8 has to sound as good as it looks, otherwise it’s not money well spent. The German automaker took note, and a video has surfaced of an in-car acceleration launch that really puts it all into perspective. Now the production i8 will have a technology called Active Sound Design (ASD) that will enhance how the vehicle sounds inside and out, but this particular video has the system disabled. ASD will make the i8 sound different depending on which drive mode is selected, and technically speaking, owners won’t be able to disable it.
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