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 7:12:14 PM
No offense, but that's can't even be right for
Germany has BMW, VW, Opel, and Mercedes.
Even in Germany VW (not VW group, just VW) has ~23% market share.
BMW has around 10% share in Germany. Which is
high, but consider it includes cars that would base around 15,000 and a wide variety between 15,000-30,000 that just don't exist in the US market.
But if BMW sold a range of models in the 25,000-30,000 dollar range, things might be different here in the US.
What BMW ment I believe is that BMW has 25% of the
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