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The i8 will be priced from $110,000 to $150,000 according to Automotive News

Most DailyTech readers lost their lunch when pictures of the small BMW i3 all-electric car were revealed last month. Given that it was designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle, the i3 is not hamstrung by typical internal combustion engine (ICE) components, leaving BMW designers to be a bit more outrageous with their vision for the vehicle. The $41,350 price tag didn't win over many either.
 
With that being said, BMW's pricier i8 may capture a few more fans than the i3, stylistically at least. The i8 is definitely sleeker and even a bit exotic looking with its gullwing doors; but it's still a rather unorthodox design.
 
We have now learned that the production version of the i8 will makes its debut next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show. We don't know if the gullwing doors will make the but, but we do know that the vehicle's 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (223 hp) and 170hp electric motor will definitely show up in production trim.

 
The plug-in hybrid is said to scoot to 60 mph in under five seconds, reach a top speed of 155 mph, and have an all-electric driving range of 20 miles. Due to its lightweight design (thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber) and efficient powertrain, the i8 will have an equivalency fuel economy rating of around 80 MPGe.
 
The BMW i8 will go on sale in the U.S. during the first half of 2014 with a price tag ranging from $110,000 to $150,000.

Source: Automotive News





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