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BMW i8 concept
Production version will push nearly 400 hp and scoot to 60 mph in less than 5 seonds

The first time BMW unveiled the i8 electric sports car concept was in July of last year. The vehicle had a very strange, but futuristic design that screamed concept car. Spy photos have surfaced of the i8 in winter testing wearing camouflage and much of the car appears to be dead on with the concept.
Car reports that the vehicle weighs 3,200 lbs and will be offered exclusively as a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The vehicle is a 2+2 with pop up doors that open the style that seems to be a mix of Lamborghini and DeLorean.
The i8 will use a 170 hp electric motor to drive the front wheels and a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine producing 223 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque to drive the rear wheels. Originally, there was talk of a gasoline-powered counterpart using a V8 or possibly a V10 engine, but that car is no longer part of the program.
The electric i8 plug-in hybrid will be able to travel 20 miles on electric power alone. It also has a projected average fuel economy rating of 104.2 mpg on the European Cycle.

With gasoline and electric motors combined, the car has 393 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque. BMW promises 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 156 mph.
The i8’s battery needs six hours to charge from a normal household outlet and higher voltage charger will be able to charge the batteries and under an hour. The i8 is expected to sell for over €100,000 and BMW expects to sell about 10,000 units per year. 

Source: Car

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By Iaiken on 3/26/2012 1:09:38 PM , Rating: 1
BMW sells lots of their cheaper models in their home continent and sends more expensive ones to North America, eh?

It's not actually that simple really. The interesting thing about the lineup is that they pretty much sell them in the same ratios as the US (though they sell a lot fewer X-series SUV's). For example, the 5 series is targeted at 40,000 units for 2012 of which only 7000 will make their way to North America.

The difference is that there simply aren't as many people in the upper middle class in the US and everyone in the increasingly consolidated upper class wants something fantastically expensive. We're talking Ferrari 599 Fiorano, or Bentley Continental, Mercedes CL 65 AMG, Rolls Royce Ghost or the like. Shockingly, these $220,000 cars are the only ones that sold more units per capita in the US than in Europe. So in the US, the only people who buy BMW's wind up being bankers and junior executives that just can't afford a $220,000+ car, yet.

By maven81 on 3/26/2012 2:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
"So in the US, the only people who buy BMW's wind up being bankers and junior executives that just can't afford a $220,000+ car, yet."

Well maybe new. But if you're talking used, I've seen an awful lot in the hands of 20-something douches, who fancy themselves as gangsters or something like that. 99% of the time when I see a car run a red light, or suddenly merge without indicators, or drive 30 miles above the speed limit, it's a BMW.

By Iaiken on 3/26/2012 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
BMW doesn't really care that much about the used market. A lot of the nicer dealerships don't even carry used BMW's, they just wholesale them off to [insert name here]'s Luxury Cars.

By Ronin on 3/28/2012 12:23:38 PM , Rating: 1
You guys lump all BMWs into one category. You could see an E46, and all you'd think of is it being a BMW, when you don't realize that body style got changed after the 2005 model year. You might even see an E90, which has LCI (Life Cycle Impules) and pre LCI.

Most of the 'gangster wannabes' you see are driving E36's and E46's....and they sure as hell don't represent the rest of us. Additionally, 99% of the time...seriously? I live in Southern California, and I promise you *I* don't see's statements like this that make other people think this drivel is fact, when the real fact is, BMW drivers are no different than anyone else, aside from the fact that they're driving a BMW. Honestly, it sounds like you have car envy, and you're projecting. :)

By Reclaimer77 on 3/26/12, Rating: 0
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