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Old 02-08-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default Production BMW i8 uncovered

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This is BMW’s radical all-wheel drive petrol-electric hybrid i8 sports car, which is undergoing final cold-weather testing before it is revealed in production form towards the end of the year.

The styling of production version of the i8 differs considerably from the two previous concept versions, but it retains the same overall silhouette and the same unusual ‘fins’ in front of the wheels which help steer the airflow over the wheels to reduce drag.


At the rear, it also retains the separate wheel housings, which stand away from the rear bodywork. Airflow is channeled behind the wheels and under the large tailgate spoilers. The centre tunnel of the i8 is made from aluminium, as are most of the front and rear suspension components. The whole of the body shell - dubbed the ‘Life Module’ by BMW - will be made from carbon fibre, itself manufactured by Co2-free hydropower in Washington State.

Unusual aerodynamic flourishes aside, the i8 not only has the look of a scaled-down Audi R8 but should have supercar performance to match. In its showroom guise, the i8’s rear wheels will be powered by BMW’s new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which will be good for 215bhp and 220lb ft. The car’s front wheels are driven by a 128bhp electric motor.

With both engines - and both axles - being driven, there’s 343bhp on tap and a substantial - though as yet undisclosed - amount of torque. Early estimates suggest the i8 will hit 60mph in just 4.6 seconds. In pure-electric, front-drive, mode the i8 is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. With a potential range of about 22 miles, it is placed along the centre tunnel of the car.

Sources say that the BMW i3 urban electric car will go on sale first, followed by the i8 sometime in 2013. There is an outside chance the the production versions of both models will make an appearance at the London Olympics this summer, for which BMW is the official vehicle supplier.









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Old 02-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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Yay! BMW is finally getting its quirk back! I think this means the Bangle era is finally gone!


From the company that brought you this:


and this:


and eventually brought you this:

no.. that's not a Honda Civic... it just looks like one.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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As I opened this thread, "Big Pimpin" started to play on my Pandora station.

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Old 02-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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I am not sure how "uncovered" a camo'd mule is... but ok.

I hope it is more performance than efficiency, for the sleek shape. i3, or whatever they are calling the other one, I don't care. The i8 looks like it should be sporty.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:44 AM   #5
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Details and specifications on the production version of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car have surfaced on the Internet. According to British-based Car Magazine, the production i8 will actually be more powerful than the concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
While the concept produced at estimated 349 horsepower (260 kW / 353 PS) and 406 lb-ft. (550 Nm) of torque, the production i8 is said to produce a combined 393-HP ( 293kW / 399 PS ). Of that output, the car’s electric motors (they drive the front wheels) account for 170-HP (127 kW / 172 PS), while its 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine — driving the rear wheels — accounts for the remaining 223-HP. Combined torque output remains the same as the concept.
In addition to packing more power, the production i8 is also lighter than the concept at 1450 kg (3197 lb), which is a 30 kg improvement. Using a four-speed transmission, the car is said to run from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, which is surprisingly 0.3 seconds slower than the concept.
When it goes on sale, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will cost in excess of €100,000. Despite the hefty price tag, BMW expects to sell around 10,000 units per year globally.
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