BMW Malaysia and FlyProject recently organised the country’s largest outdoor FlyCycle class at The Square, Publika, as part of the carmaker’s commitment to create awareness on its “Visionary Mobility and Electro Mobility” initiative.
BMW Malaysia managing director and CEO Harald Hoelzl said, “Being the pioneers of ‘Electro Mobility’ in the country and having the largest fleet of premium vehicles capable of electric driving pleasure, it is our responsibility to drive awareness on the possibilities of the technology and the mobility of the future. Part of the ‘Born Electric’ campaign, this one-of-a-kind collaboration has allowed us to take another step forward in empowering visionary and sustainable electro-mobility for Malaysians. It was also the perfect setting to introduce the new BMW i8 Coupe to the public.”
The one-of-a-kind event which included FlyCycle and FlyFight classes drew a turnout of close to 100 participants, with slots all snatched up by members of the public within 12 hours of registration.
The FlyCycle class was led by FlyProject’s star trainers and some “renowned lifestyle personalities”. It kicked off with participants pedalling in unison on their spinning bikes, while the projection screen lit up and raised to unveil the new i8 Coupe to the public for the very first time.
BMW Malaysia says that the new i8 Coupe is yet another iconic BMW i model that will redefine BMW’s plug-in hybrid vehicle technology. It consists of an electric motor on the front axle and an internal combustion engine on the rear. The high-voltage battery has a cell capacity of 33Ah. The electric motor output is 105kW, and the electric range now extends to 55 kilometres. The turbocharged three-cylinder combustion engine featuring direct injection and Valvetronic variable valve timing extracts a maximum output of 231 hp from its displacement of just 1.5 litres, plus peak torque of 320Nm.
The combined system output produced by its electric motor and engine acting in unison has also increased to 374hp. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 1.8 litres/100 km, which equates to 42gm/km for petrol CO2 emissions, and 14.0 kWh/100 km for electric power consumption.