BMW i3 and i8 are the cars of the future Autoweek

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BMW I8 and i3 hit the road

Conceived primarily for use, the i3 is 4.7 inches longer and 5.2 higher than a Mini Photo by BMW.

When American sales start in there will be two versions of the i3, running an electric drivetrain. by BMW.

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It has been three since BMW announced its new i lineup, a of so-called megacity vehicles with the compact i3 city car and i8 sports car .

The idea behind i is to motoring to efficiencies not yet seen, a combination of state-of-the-art carbon-fiber and zero-emission electric propulsion. as BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer back in 2010, i cars have enough financial to make it possible for anyone the simple need to get from A to B to get in on the

The i3 and i8 spearhead BMW i’s entry The former is for city use with an driveline, the latter is a gas-electric — the performance car.

cars will make world debut in production later this year. joined an engineering team final winter-test miles on mules in extreme northern Far removed from an auto pomp, it is here on snow-strewn and under frigid temperatures BMW’s new i cars must themselves before they can be showroom ready.

i3 — Driving Goes High-Tech

We at BMW’s test center in ground zero of the European industry’s winter test The i3 exits the workshop first. primarily for city use, 4.7 inches longer and 5.2 inches than a Mini Cooper.

It also boasts 7.1 cubic of luggage space behind the seats, 1.4 cubic feet than its British sibling.

North American sales in 2014, there will be two of the i3, both running an electric similar to the 1-series ActiveE’s: A electric motor providing 168 hp and 184 of torque to the rear wheels via a gear transmission.

A lithium-ion mounted in the flat floor energy. It can be charged by plugging it in and by kinetic electricity produced on the BMW says range is 139 miles on the test procedure, or between 80 and 100 real world.

An 80 percent using a 400-volt system an hour.

Alongside the EV, BMW will a range-extender option with a two-cylinder gas engine borrowed its C650 GT step-through motorcycle. It is to start up when the battery drops to a specified point. The acts only as a generator to electricity, extending the i3 range to 186 miles.

Pricing hasn’t announced, and likely won’t be the i3’s public premiere at fall’s Frankfurt motor but our guess is somewhere around BMW thinks most i3s will be as part of its Drive Now initiative, participants swap their i3 for a conventional BMW when required.

The i3 is a big departure from existing but when you see it up close it looks one. Standard 19-inch chosen in part to provide clearance for the battery mounted in the are shod with narrow tires. Twenty-inch rims be an option.

The i3 has no B-pillar, so the carbon-fiber is stiff; as we swing the frameless door open, we realize is a car you climb up into.

The car now has coach-style rear doors, the original i3 concept unveiled at the Frankfurt show did not. make it easy to get in and out, and BMW this necessary to make its new car a success. They help entry to the rear, and, the Mini Clubman, they’re on sides, not just the right.

The is clean and uncluttered. There is no stack. All controls, including a gear lever sprouting the steering column and two digital are concentrated on the horizontal dash, space between the driver and and providing a feeling of real

Visibility is excellent.

Our chauffeur is Mueller, BMW i drivetrain development He says the i3 is much like the ActiveE in overall character, a heavily sprung throttle, acceleration and aggressive recuperation aimed at recovering as much energy as possible. [This] set our cars apart from the competition, he suggests. When he off the throttle, the electric motor as a generator, providing enough power; brakes are rarely

It’s so aggressive, BMW has programmed the LED lights to illuminate when you the throttle.

The prototype we’re in feels solid, even if is the odd rattle from the disguise-covered of the interior. What really our attention is its overall agility in trying conditions with narrow tires, excellent Watching Mueller thread the down slippery lanes, low-traction hills and around lots, the car appears to possess all the required to make it suited to use, including a good circle.

We won’t drive production until later this For now, we can say the i3 will not only good maneuverability, but should be entertaining.

Weighing 2,756 it accelerates impressively, thanks to the motor delivering instant Straight-line performance is on par with the Cooper S, BMW claiming 0-62 mph in 7.2 and 50-75 mph in 6.0. Top speed be limited to around 93 mph.

the passenger seat, it feels sporty thanks to the electric residing low down at the rear the axle assembly. This it a lower center of gravity conventional cars.

Mueller the compact hatchback for two laps a giant skid pad with an of opposite lock and oversteer ever backing off. the electrification of the drivetrain, it remains to the BMW philosophy in terms of its dynamic he offers with a smile.

i8 21st Century Supercar?

The i8 headline the i-car lineup it goes on sale in 2014. as an alternative to today’s sports the sleek new coupe aims to the best of all worlds: a Porsche straight-line performance and the kind of economy that would the Volkswagen Up look thirsty.

is BMW’s alternative-drive image and it looks the part. Like the i3, the i8 has subtle changes in appearance it was first shown as a concept in There are new headlamps, a more version of BMW’s traditional grille, and the long doors swapped their butterfly for conventional front ones.

The interior is pure sports You sit low with your legs out in front. The seats are lightly The deep but low dashboard is prominent. The binnacle has graphics that depending on the driving mode, from a calm blue in and comfort to a racier orange hue in mode.

Mesmerizing.

BMW i3 Electric Cars

As with the i3, the i8 is based a carbon-fiber structure — it weigh 3,263 pounds in Unlike the i3, the i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system for performance. In severe weather, it would in electric mode.

A turbocharged three-cylinder direct-injection gas engine the car. It’s the same we tested last year in a prototype and will be in the next-generation The first of those will bow at year’s Los Angeles show.

transversely behind the roomy the aluminum-block three-cylinder develops 220 hp and 221 of torque, channeled to the rear via a six-speed automatic gearbox. boisterous, emitting a distinctive hum that gets deeper, and more prominent as engine rise.

The gasoline engine is not the propulsion source, of course: An motor shared with the i3 up front, sending an additional 130 hp and 184 to the front wheels. There’s a second smaller electric mounted at the rear next to the engine, producing 5 hp and 3 lb-ft. it can provide drive to the rear its primary purpose is as an alternator generator, depending on which mode is chosen: eco-pro, or sport.

All told, there’s 350 hp on tap for a ratio better than Z4 sDrive35i; but the 405 lb-ft of torque the biggest impression. When Jos van As, of chassis development for all BMW models, the gear lever left to sport mode and throws the open, acceleration is impressive. All power sources are engaged, and claims of 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, mph in 4.0 seconds and a 155-mph top speed feel optimistic.

In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the performance figures to be revealed to its launch next year are sharper.


BMW is most proud of the excellent fuel economy. official yet, but the company at a combined 87.1-mpg (U.S.) — a figure that away every production BMW

Rushing along snow-covered we notice an E-mode button on the tunnel. Van As punches it and the drive goes from gas-electric to all — a lithium-ion battery mounted in the center tunnel the power. It is a neat trick, silent journeys of up to 22 miles on alone.

Leaving the BMW test and heading out on public roads, the interplay between the three sources is noteworthy: the result, van As of countless hours spent the i8’s electronic algorithms.

a crucial part of hybrid development, and something we’ve put a deal of effort into he says. It’s part of the why we decided from the outset to all electronic development in-house and the intellectual property rights for

It’s impressive the way the i8’s drivetrain switches from (all three power used) to pure electric (just one power source) at the of a button. In hybrid mode, all wheels are driven. In electric, the car is drive.

It sounds remarkably complex, but never know it, such is the interplay.

Further impressions? it’s billed as a sports the i8’s ride is excellent, as as the upcoming 4-series coupe. Van As the company is aware some will use the i8 every day.

It to offer sufficient low-speed for commuting, in combination with the required at higher speeds, he

We hear the i8 will cost $120,000 in production. That’s 911 Carrera 4 territory. Is the i8 good to battle the mighty Porsche? It be at least a year before we get to the i8 ourselves.

Then we’ll be to answer that question real confidence. But after our ride, it’s clear the car is not fast, but with real seats and 5.3 cubic feet of space, it is also usable. a pliant ride, it will be enough to use every day.

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