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Production-Bound i8 ECO Supercar Is a Glimpse BMW’s Future


OCTOBER 19,

Among aficionados of performance the emergence of gasoline-electric hybrids and vehicles was met with genuine Would the quest for fuel and environmental friendliness take all the fun out of Happily, several automakers unveiled production (or at least ) cars—vehicles like the Porsche 918 the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell, and the Audi suggest mpg and mph are not mutually exclusive This year, BMW went a further, announcing not just a new vehicle, but an entire eco-friendly

Dubbed “BMW i,” the new brand is to “sustainable vehicles and mobility it’s set to launch in 2013 two vehicles, the pure-electric city car on the new i3 concept and a plug-in hybrid derived from the dramatic i8

For connoisseurs of speed, the i8 is a tantalizing Artfully recalling BMW’s Giugiaro–designed M1 supercar, the i8 is low and wide, wing-style doors, 2+2 seating, and a coefficient of just 0.22 Toyota Prius, by comparison, has a Cd of In the concept, a front-mounted, 1.5-liter, turbodiesel engine delivers 220 hp and 221 ft lbs of

Electric motors on the front and axles provide additional bringing total output to an 356 hp and 590 ft lbs of torque — that’s 81 ft lbs more the new Lamborghini Aventador.

The hybrid allows the i8 to function as an efficient car, a sporty rear-wheel-drive car, or a maximum-performance all-wheel-drive With a heavy right the trip to 60 mph should happen in 4.6 seconds and the i8 will press on an electronically limited top speed of 155 Yet, despite such performance potential, the i8 concept can on average, a stellar 63 mpg.

Hybrid cruising range is 431 though a bank of highly (yet remarkably lightweight) battery cells will the i8 to travel up to 31 miles on electric alone; the plug-in connector the batteries to 100 percent in 2½ hours a 220-volt outlet.

Expect the production i8 to go on sale in as a 2014 model, looking and much like its show-car (although rumors suggest BMW may employ a gasoline engine in of the concept’s diesel). The company the i8 to command €120,000, about The future of speed is starting to a whole lot brighter. (www.bmwusa.com )

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