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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3/28/2012 12:10:00 PM
As a 335d owner, I take exception to being called a nouveaux riche (sic) jacka$$. Just because I own a 3 series doesn't mean I don't make a comfortable living. Modify this to specify the 328i, maybe...but a 335i, 335is, or 335d can easily approach $60k (happened to be in the showroom at one of the local dealerships last weekend, and saw an F30 335i that had a sticker of just over 57k). Now, I don't know about you guys, but $50-$60k for a car isn't chump change (and, for what it's worth, I also have a 2011 Sonata 2.0t and a 2011 GSXR 750....that makes about $90k in vehicles). I have an additional $400k in real estate, not to include a variety of investments. Does that make me nouveaux rich? No, it means I spend my money wisely.
Please, people, stop being so narrow minded about who drives what, and stop listening to Top Gear to get your little minds directed about who's a douchenozzle and who isn't. That guy driving the 3 series next to you might have an Aventador and a 458 Italia at home.
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