BMW i8 Gets tuned to 409 HP, gets better fuel economy

While it may seem peculiar at first, one of the goals behind the making of the BMW i8 was the fuel consumption. Of course, that … The article BMW i8 Gets tuned to 409 HP, gets better fuel economy appeared first on BMW BLOG

BMW i8 Gets tuned to 409 HP, gets better fuel economy

While it may seem peculiar at first, one of the goals behind the making of the BMW i8 was the fuel consumption. Of course, that wasn’t the main concern, but BMW wanted to prove that you can have supercar looks and decent performance without having to source your own oil field. That’s why the engine ‘under the hood’ is a three-cylinder, 1.5 liter tiny thing, turbocharged into oblivion. And the power output of that engine can go even further up.

According to the guys from DTE Systems, the car can make even more power with a simple ECU tune. They claim the total power output of the i8 can be taken up to 409 HP without damage to the internals. They have been coy about the details but did mention this was achieved by using their proprietary PowerControl RX chip tuning module which controls nine channels in a multimap and works with the stock ECU of the i8.

Therefore, they are able to squeeze out 40 extra HP and 49 lb-ft of torque, raising the total to 409 HP and 469 lb-ft (636 Nm). Since the powertrain of the i8 is made up of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, our guess is the ICE provides all of that extra power. Electric motors can’t really be tuned to deliver more power, while turbocharged engines have a completely different character.

The DTE Systems people also claim this increase in power drove down the fuel consumption of the car by 15 percent, which is a notable achievement, even though the i8 was never considered a ‘thirsty’ car in the first place. As for the performance, since the i8 will do 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, the company claims the figure should be closer to the 4-second mark but they stopped short of providing a clear number.

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The BMW X1 has largely been ignored by the press as of late. With more and more new models making their debuts, the little crossover has been forgotten by most media outlets. Nevertheless, the X1 keeps on marching on, with sales showing it’s quite an appealing model for a lot of people. Sure, the fact that it’s the cheapest car with a BMW badge you can buy still plays a part in that equation but the X1 is worth a look over if you’re interested in a compact SUV.

But what should you expect from it? The guys from Savagegeese did a very comprehensive review of it and cover most of the topics you might be interested in, when buying a new car. What makes the X1 interesting is that, even though it has a completely different drivetrain than what we’re used to — sending power predominantly to the front wheels — it feels like any other BMW. The general layout inside the cabin is familiar while the driving experience isn’t all that different in most situations.

Sure, if you’re going to track this car you will eventually notice that it’s a FWD setup but on a day to day basis, the differences are so small, you’re more likely to ignore them altogether. Even the Aisin 8-speed gearbox has been perfectly set up to emulate the ZF unit found on other cars. The attention to details can also be noticed under the car, where a lot of sound insulation was applied to keep the NVH levels in check. There are even wind deflectors at play underneath it all.

The takeaway then is quite interesting. Overall, the BMW X1 is a good car. It offers practicality, space, comfort and it does everything right. There’s nothing wrong with it but, at the same time, there’s nothing to write home about in it. It is, for lack of a better word, boring. It’s basically the Toyota Corolla of the BMW line-up.

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