If you ever get to put a night at The Peninsula hotel in Shanghai, you might just stand a chance to be chauffeured in a brand new BMW i8 should you fancy the sports car more than their Rolls-Royces, other BMWs and MINIs.

BMW Group,  having previously ‘handed over’ a BMW i3 to the Kempinski Hotel in Beijing last year, said that this move is part of their strategy to encourage sustainable mobility and is being fully supported by The Peninsula. The luxurious five-star hotel has also installed public charging stations compatible with all electric cars standardised for China.



Name BMW i8
Engine 1,499cc; inline 3-cyl with TwinPower Turbo
Electric Motor Hybrid synchronous motor (131 hp & 250 Nm)
Transmission 6-speed Steptronic Sport auto
Max Power 362 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Max Torque 570 Nm from 1,200 – 5,000 rpm
0 – 100 km/h 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 250 km/h
Price (OTR without insurance) RM1,188,800.00 with GST

Since launching the i8 in June 2014, BMW has delivered over 4,000 units to its customers worldwide. In China, the company is actively promoting electric mobility, partnering with various state and local enterprises to build public charging networks. The first BMW i customers will also be given free BMW i wall-boxes inclusive of installation.


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Matthew H. Tong
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