Production Version of BMW i8 Hybrid Sports Car to Land in 2014
March 26, 2012 9:52 AM
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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
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.
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.
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3/26/2012 4:35:47 PM
Wow: So much wrong.
Lets start at the Top
#1. In UK lots of BMW trims are available that never make it to the US. Mostly because BMW doesn't make alot of models in the US and its not (as) profitable to ship the less expensive BMWs here...
For instance, the base BMW in the US is the 328i with leatherette seats. The base BMW in the UK? A 316d with cloth seats. Based on the 328i cost comparison, a 316d would cost around 24,000 USD. HEY! That's an "Everyman" car price.
#2. The "EU" comprises 27 member countries with ~500 million people. Yet the car market is nearly the same size as the US car market... Hmmm...
#3. The "EU" non PPP per capital GDP is <36,000 USD. PPP is of course worse than that... There is quite simply a significantly smaller amount of wealth in general per person in Europe.
And no... the same can be seen in Median Household Income
So in the end, I guess you point is correct. If you significant reduce the households making more than 500,000 PPP, then you effectily "flatten" the curve. That doesn't mean that the lower rungs are pulled up though...
BMWs are an everyman car in Europe, because they sell for an everyman's car price in Europe.
The US average car price is ~31,000. This is the -cheapest- BMW available in the US. (BMW 128i Coupe)
In UK, the average car price is ~28,000 GBP. Which is right around the price of a BMW 128i Coupe (a model they don't sell, but the BMW 135i Coupe is ~32,000 GBP). BMW sells 1 series Hatchs, Coupes, Convertibles, X1s, 3 Series Saloons, Coupes, Wagons, etc for less than this...(IE, "under" the intro BMW USA model there are at least 7 body types in UK.)
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