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Old 04-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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It’s off for the Nürburgring track for BMW's engineers and the upcoming i8 hybrid sports coupe that will be joining the Bavarian brand's production lineup in showrooms around the world from next year at prices that will exceed the €100,000 (equal to US$130,000+) mark in Europe.
The excruciatingly slow striptease continues with the latest prototype that does away with the camouflage on the flowing side skirts, compared to the last test car we saw in March this year.

While some highlights of the concept such as its see-through door panels, A-pillar mounted mirrors and the flowing glass section that started from deep down on the hood and went over the roof to the rear end, have given their place to conventional styling elements, overall, the i8 remains fairly close to the study.

BMW has gone overboard with lightweight construction on the new i8 that will feature an innovative carbon-fibre body shell, as well as aluminum center tunnel and suspension components.

For its motivation, the i8 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain pairing a mid-mounted, 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with around 220hp (217hp) and 300Nm (221 lb-ft) of peak torque that drives the rear wheels, with a single electric motor rated at about 130-horses turning the front wheels. BMW has estimated that the i8 should be able to complete the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint at under 5 seconds and top out at around 250km/h (155mph).

A lithium-ion battery pack placed in the center tunnel of the 2+2 seater sports car will help improve its fuel efficiency when in hybrid mode, and offer a zero-emission mode as well.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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The one featured in M:I Ghost Protocol looked like a concept car...from the late 80s (did not like).

Very interested to see the production reveal.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #4
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There are one and a half months to go till the Frankfurt Motor Show, but BMW still has some testing to do, judging by the spy photos taken by one of our readers.

On his trip to Munich Balázs has spotted a car which he could not identify, clad in the blue and white test foil typically used by BMW. The pictures he took no doubt show the new sports hybrid of BMW, the i8. We've seen spy photos taken of the second member of the i-series being tested on a snowy road in December, revealing details that match those of the newly spotted test car. The Germans appear to have settled on the shape, and as the technical solutions have been decided on a long time ago, it is very likely that the prototype was being tested for reliability when our reader spotted it.

Most of the technical data of the i8 has been public for some time now. One of the car's interesting features is that thanks to the aluminium and the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic used in the chassis it is going be 195 kg lighter than the M3. The sporty hybrid will be fitted with a 1.5-litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine which in itself is capable of 220 PS and 300 Nm, but together with the electric motor driving the front tyres the peak performance of the hybrid is 349 PS. With this solution the i8 allows an acceleration to 100 km/h in 5 seconds.

The price of the i8 is in the same range as the entry level models of the Lamborghini, starting at GBP 150,000. It is expected to go on the market at some time after the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:18 AM   #5
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1.5L, 3cyl, Hybrid, ~3K lbs, ~225K USD. This may prove to be the worst value of the year.
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If I had the $$$$$, would rather have the NSX.
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Waaaay too busy with all those different colored parts, make it all one color and we'll talk.
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