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Will BMW’s i8 Hybrid Sports Car Steal Tesla Motors’ Model S Sales?

Is BMW’s all-new plug-in hybrid the first “serious contender” for the Model S?

BMW’s i8. Photo: BMW.

It can go 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, has a TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine situated at the rear axle, sports a front-wheel situated electric motor — which produces a combined system output of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque — and gets an estimated 94 mpg. What is it? It’s BMW ‘s ( NASDAQOTH: BAMXF ) new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. More importantly, it could be the first serious contender for  Tesla Motors ‘ ( NASDAQ: TSLA ) Model S.

BMW’s i8 interior. Photo: BMW.

From the outside, the i8 is a breathtaking, two-door sports car that boasts a drag coefficient of 0.26, close to 50:50 weight distribution, and, thanks to the use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, a curb weight of 3,285 pounds. However, thanks to its 2+2 seating layout, the i8 can seat four adults. Further, with the combination of an electric engine in the front and combustion engine in the back, the i8 is all-wheel drive.

Of course, for those that want it, the i8 can go 22 miles on pure electric with a top speed of 75 mph.

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The bad news is the i8 has a starting MSRP of $135,700 — before destination and handling, and before federal tax credit, so it’s a bit more expensive than most will be willing to pay. The good news is that plugincars reports that BMW expects total volume to be between 5,000 and 10,000 units a year. Moreover, Edmunds states, At $136K, the BMW i8 will be the first serious contender for the Tesla Model S that has drawn plenty of attention from wealthy buyers who want a green image.

Tesla’s Model S

Tesla Motors’ Model S. Photo: Tesla Motors.

The Model S is a stylish four-door sedan that can go 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds with the 85 kWh Battery (4.2 seconds if you upgrade to the 85 kWh Performance edition). Plus, it sports a drag coefficient of 0.24, a 48:52 weight distribution, and a curb weight of 4,647.3 pounds. Further, it can comfortably seat five adults, and unlike the i8, is a rear-wheel drive, pure electric vehicle that has an EPA certified range of 265 miles for the 85 kWh battery, or 88 MPGe city, 90 MPGe highway.


The MSRP for a 60 kWh Model S starts at $69,900 — before destination and regulatory doc fee, and federal tax credit, while the 85 kWh Model S starts at $79,900, also before fees and federal tax credit. However, according to Investor’s Business Daily . the average selling price for a Model S is over $90,000.

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
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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