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Re: BMW i8

Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:24 pm

BimmerPost just published a few videos on YouTube:

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Re: BMW i8

Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:23 pm

surfingslovak wrote:BimmerPost just published a few videos on YouTube:
So how long will it take you to recover the extra expense of this car through lower fuel costs? :roll:

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Re: BMW i8

Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:19 am

Its not about the lower fuel costs, but about looking cool while saving the planet :)

You had all the admiring glances while driving your Leaf and then an I8 goes by.. oh the horror!
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Re: BMW i8

Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:22 pm

Artist conception drawings of what the production version of the i8 might possibly look like. ... look-like/" onclick=";return false;
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Re: BMW i8

Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:27 am

TomT wrote:Tesla proved, with the Roadster, that there is a market for such a car, albeit a smaller one... However, it also has to have a much greater range, like the Roadster, to sell at that price level I believe...
I don't see the Roadster comparison. It's an EREV not a BEV and it's a practical sedan not an impractical two seat roadster. The i8 should compete with the BMW 7 series or the MB S class sedans. I wouldn't spend that much for a car but I'd rather have the i8 -- better ride and not a boat.

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Re: BMW i8

Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:09 am

Good update on the i-8 at the link below.

CNBC this morning was in (almost) all Tesla-all-the-time mode earlier this AM, so I must have heard the clip of Elon laughing at the BMW i3 about four times already.

I have no clue what determines popular trends in conspicuous consumption, so a have no idea whether the I-8 may turn out to be just as funny to Elon, or not." onclick=";return false;
While the supercar stalwarts are busy making hybrid hypercars, BMW is taking a different tact: they’re creating a gas-electric hybrid that’s out to redefine the sports car, combining massive MPGs with Porsche performance.

Following the unveiling the all-electric i3 — the first model born out of BMW’s new i brand — the automaker has finally released a shed load of information on the real halo vehicle for the i marque: the i8.

It’s a 2+2 sports car that’s about the same size as the automaker’s Z4 coupe...’ve got 362 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in full-on attack mode (aka Sport). And that makes the i8 all wheel drive, with the front-mounted electric motor able to manipulate wheel speed on-the-fly for maximum grip. The dash from zero to 60 mph is good for a claimed 4.5 seconds and the i8 is electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

But to achieve those numbers, it’s not just about harnessing brute force — it’s about keeping weight in check. And in the right places.

Mounted to the Drive module is the “Life” module, which, similar to the i3, is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. That reduces the passenger compartment’s weight by 50 percent over steel or 30 percent over aluminum, all while providing the same level of protection and helping to contribute to that optimal 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution...

We’ll be seeing the i8 in the buff and sans camouflage next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and expect BMW dealers to start taking your deposits early next year before it arrives in late 2014.
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Re: BMW i8

Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:51 pm

Here's a nice article on a drive review ... /130809888
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Re: BMW i8

Thu May 01, 2014 12:22 pm

Good vid:
" Sips fuel like a nun sips Vodka..."

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Re: BMW i8

Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:26 pm

Saw one in the wild today. First one I've seen. Crystal White.
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