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BMW i8 570Nm hybrid supercar to Oz

Deputy Editor 11 Sep 2013

The version of the BMW i8 has been unveiled at the motor show.

A revolution for the brand and for production supercars, the carbonfibre-reinforced-plastic scissor-door flagship i combines a TwinPower 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and electric to achieve outputs of 266kW and (170kW/320Nm of which comes the petrol engine).

The petrol sends power through a automatic transmission to the rear while the electric motor drive to the front wheels via a automatic transmission.

With a kerb weight of and an 0.26Cd aerodynamic rating, BMW a 4.4-second 0-100km/h and fuel of 2.5L/100km.

The 5kWh lithium-ion pack provides an electric-only range of 35km at speeds of up to while plug-in recharging means that the electric-only range can be topped up through a power outlet in addition to the brake energy regeneration on-board.

Drive modes Comfort, which promises a range of over 500km; with an overboost function for the motor; and Eco Pro, which hybrid or electric-only running.

A double-wishbone front axle with a multi-link rear In addition to standard 20-inch wheels, the BMW i8 also gets power steering and dynamic control as standard.

BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto

BMW claims CFRP (carbonfibre reinforced is around 50 per cent lighter steel and 30 per cent lighter aluminium. While the passenger is entirely made of CFRP, the are a CFRP-aluminium mix, the dashboard is made of magnesium, while the is constructed out of aluminium.

The interior shares some cues with modern BMW while a full suite of Drive technologies are also as an option, including auto beam, rear-view camera or surround-view camera, speed information display, collision with pedestrian recognition, display, online entertainment concierge services and traffic guidance.

Curiously, although BMW at the show claim the i8 offers a interpretation of the driving dynamics in the BMW M3. the BMW M Division has been kept from the i8 project. Even at BMW was at pains to point out that the i8 was of an i sub-brand and was therefore engineered by a group of engineers. It also out the possibility of an i8 M saying that for now the would focus completely on the i8 and its city-car i3 sibling.

The BMW i8 is produced at a dedicated plant in Germany, a factory which 100 per cent renewable electricity and produce the car in both left- and While the i8 is set to go on sale in Europe next year priced 126,000 Euro ($180,000), the car also make it to Australia late next year or 2015, as BMW Australia prepares to the i division locally.

Click on the Photos tab for a full BMW i8

Wow! smaller, uglier, range more expensive the Tesla Model S, which was last year and announced 5 ago.

BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto
BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto
BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto
BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto
BMW i8 � Electric Car 270kW Auto

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