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BMW's i8 will launch in the U.S. in Spring 2014

BMW has officially taken the wraps off its new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, after teasing it in concept form for the past two years. The two-door, four-seat vehicle makes extensive use of carbon fiber to keep weight down to a relatively respectable 3,285 pounds.
The production version of the car makes use of a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 231 hp (236 lb-ft of torque), which is sent to the rear wheels using a 6-speed automatic transmission. The front wheels are powered by a 131 hp electric motor (184 lb-ft of torque) paired with a two-stage automatic transmission. Those two engines combined give the i8 a total of 362hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

This complex arrangement allows the i8 to dash to 60 mpg in 4.4 seconds, while still offering an EPA estimated 94 MPGe. The i8 features five driving modes that can be selected using the "Driving Experience Control" switch. The most efficient mode (with the vehicle operating as front-wheel drive) will allow the vehicle to travel up to 22 miles on battery power alone at speeds up to 75 mph.

Thanks to having two engines, two transmissions, lithium-ion batteries, and copious amounts of carbon fiber onboard, the BMW i8 most definitely isn't cheap. The vehicle will be priced at a whopping $135,935 when it launches in the U.S. next spring.

Source: BMW

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By bug77 on 9/10/2013 9:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
231HP from 1.5L? This could be an awesome car with ICE only, but these days you have to electric to be hip.

RE: Hehe
By Dribble on 9/10/2013 10:51:04 AM , Rating: 1
Still makes me laugh when they try so hard to make $100k+ supercars so fuel efficient. Cause obviously the target market for a car like that can't afford the petrol...

RE: Hehe
By MichalT on 9/10/2013 8:17:17 PM , Rating: 3
Rich people who want this aren't concerned about the cost of gas, but would prefer to be at least seen as green while they satisfy their fast car desires.

RE: Hehe
By Mint on 9/10/2013 8:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
You think BMW can sell a car for $140k with only 231hp?

They're targeting people who are not only interested in performance but also in EVs and cutting edge technology. Tesla's Model S has no gas backup and is a large 4 door sedan. The i8 pretty much exists on its own, allowing them to charge $140k.

A 231-hp, ICE-only 2-door coupe from BMW would be lucky to fetch $40k.

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