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BMW i8 – All there is to know about the series version

With the announcement of delivery starting for BMW i8, the Bavarian company representatives presented the full technical specifications of their new hybrid supercar.

BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid

BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid

BMW i8, the new hybrid supercar of the Munich based car manufacturer, will be delivered to customers starting with June. The first customers that will receive their cars are those who order it in autumn last year, when the Germans opened the pre-orders lists.

BMW i8 – Ready to Go

The waiting list for BMW i8 is quite long, according to the official representatives of the brand, as orders were able to handle all production originally established for this model, although BMW didn’t disclosed how many i8 units produces each day and how many they expected to sell in the first phase. With these announcements, BMW also revealed data such as fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle, along with the technical specifications of the model.

Unlike other models in the range, BMW i8 is only available on certain markets, only customers from 50 countries being able to buy this model. Depending on how the situation develops, BMW i8 could be provided on other markets. The Germans avoided to offer the new i8 on all markets in which they operate, in order to keep a level of exclusivity. Even the top versions of the 7 Series flagship doesn’t enjoy a similar situation.

The vertical opening doors are a unique feature in the BMW range.

The vertical opening doors are a unique feature in the BMW range.

BMW i8 has four seats, a carbon fiber body and a plastic reinforced drive train built from the ground. The center of gravity of the model is located less than 46 centimeters (18 inches) from the ground and the weight distribution between the axles is 50:50. The Germans kept the “butterfly” opening doors, as foreshadowed by the concept, and delivered a futuristic model with an interior similar to that found on other models in their range.

BMW i8 – Consumption

With the battery fully loaded, BMW i8 provides a consumption of 2.1 liters/100 km in the NEDC cycle (134.5 mpg Imp. / 112 mpg US) for the first 100 kilometers. As distance increases, the fuel consumption of the model varies because the battery power is consumed by the electric motors and thus engaging the internal combustion propeller.

BMW representatives claim that they have conducted comprehensive tests with new i8 in real life, and the hybrid managed to ensure a mixed fuel consumption in a city less than 5 liters/100 km (56.5 mpg Imp. / 47 mpg US). The extra urban fuel consumption is less than 7 liters/100 km (40.4 mpg Imp. / 33.6 mpg US), while the highway fuel consumption remains below 8 liters/100 km (35.3 mpg Imp. / 29.4 mpg US). Overall, the Germans say that the new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid is 50% more efficient than an equivalent model equipped with a combustion engine.

BMW i8 is the only production vehicle in the world to offer as standard with laser lights. These provide visibility up to 600 meters (656 yards).

BMW i8 is the only production vehicle in the world to be offered as standard with laser lights, providing visibility up to 600 meters (656 yards).

BMW i8 – Engine and Performance

BMW i8 is equipped with a plug-in hybrid propulsion system based on a three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine, accompanied by an electric motor. The internal combustion engine boasts with the TwinPower Turbo technology, providing 231 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque (236 lb-ft), while the electric motor provides 131 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft). The hybrid system provides 362 horsepower in a formula focused on efficiency, as is the drag coefficient of the model, 0.26 cd, remarkable for a production model.

The ready for road BMW i8 weighs 1,485 kg (3,274 lbs). In the 100% electric mode, BMW i8 can reach a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and can travel 37 kilometers (23 miles). Recharging the 5.2 kWh battery is made within three hours if used a standard outlet, or in less than two hours, if used the special BMW i Wallbox charger. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved in 4.4 seconds.

BMW i8 price mpg

BMW i8 Price

The Germans announced the BMW i8 prices on several markets around the world. In the Germany, the hybrid model costs EUR 126,000. In the United Kingdom, BMW i8 price starts from £ 99,125, while the starting price on the North American market is $ 135,700. From the beginning, BMW said that these markets will be the biggest for the new i8.

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[learn_more caption=”BMW i8 Press Release”]The BMW i8. At a glance.

World premiere for the BMW i8, the second model from new brand BMW i. First plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group and world’s most forward-looking sports car; revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure; groundbreaking premium character clearly defined in terms of sustainability.
2+2-seater with LifeDrive architecture developed specifically for BMW i, aerodynamically groundbreaking body design and visionary interior design deliver an intense driving experience; Life module passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP); drive system technology, high-voltage battery, chassis, and crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminium Drive module; kerb weight: 1,490 kilograms; Cd: 0.26; very low centre of gravity (below 460 millimetres); well-balanced weight distribution.
Emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design language; classical sports car proportions and fresh interpretation of BMW design features; doors open upwards like wings; clean lines, plus surface design (external and internal) based on the layering principle; full-LED headlights as standard, innovative laser headlights – unique worldwide – available as an option.
Plug-in hybrid system developed and produced by the BMW Group represents the latest development stage of Efficient Dynamics; debut for three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, displacement: 1.5 litres, output: 170 kW/231 hp, maximum torque: 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox; model-specific hybrid synchronous electric motor, output: 96 kW/131 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); power channelled through the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission; lithium-ion high-voltage battery with liquid cooling and usable capacity of 5 kWh.
Combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo and BMW eDrive technology plus intelligent energy management produce system output of 266 kW/362 hp (max. torque: 570 Nm / 420 lb-ft) and give the BMW i8 the performance characteristics of a pure-bred sports car (0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.4 seconds) combined with fuel economy and emissions figures more familiar from a small car (EU fuel consumption: 2.5 litres per 100 km / 113 mpg imp); “glued-to-the-road” AWD driving experience with torque distribution geared towards optimised dynamics.
Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose from five driving modes; range of up to 35 kilometres (22 miles) on electric power alone and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph); COMFORT mode offers optimum balance between dynamics and efficiency; combined range in everyday conditions: over 500 kilometres (310 miles); SPORT mode with ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor; ECO PRO mode can be used in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode.
Sophisticated chassis technology featuring a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle; Electric Power Steering; Dynamic Damper Control comes as standard; 20-inch light-alloy wheels are standard, carbon wheels are optional.
Intelligent lightweight construction with elements including a CFRP passenger cell, doors with a CFRP-aluminium structure, an instrument panel with magnesium support, an aluminium chassis and a partition between the passenger compartment and boot made from thin glass; comprehensive safety concept and an ultra-torsionally stiff passenger cell.
Extensive standard equipment includes the Navigation system Professional with proactive drive system for all-electric driving, fully-digital instrument display, BMW iDrive with freestanding Control Display and leather sports seats; choice of four exterior paint finishes and four interior equipment variants.
Wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive features: Park Distance Control, cruise control system with braking function, rain sensor and Intelligent Emergency Call function as standard; optional driver assistance package with High Beam Assistant, a rear view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display, and Collision Warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function; also available are the Head-Up Display, BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic Information and mobility services developed specifically for BMW i, e.g. intermodal route guidance.
Services specifically developed for BMW i as part of the 360° ELECTRIC programme: BMW i Wallbox for convenient battery charging at home, ChargeNow card giving customers a cash-free payment option at public charging stations, innovative mobility services such as MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse; flexible sales concept enables made-to-measure mobility solutions.
All-embracing sustainability concept running like a thread through the value chain; carbon fibre production and vehicle assembly using 100-per cent renewable electricity; high proportion of recycled materials; use of materials manufactured and treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG

Ladies and Gentlemen,
That is something not even an engineer gets to experience every day. BMW has never had a car like this before.
This here is a new generation of sports car: The BMW i8.
•      Back in 2009, we showed you a revolutionary concept study right here in Frankfurt: the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics. In the midst of the financial and economic crisis, it was our way of sending a clear signal.
•      In 2011, we presented the concept car – which even made it into a Hollywood blockbuster.
Still, many people doubted whether the i8 would actually be built. They saw it as a “Mission Impossible”.
But, here it stands today as a series model.
And it is just as emotional, dynamic and efficient as we promised.
The BMW i8 combines the best of both worlds.
1.     A super-charged, efficient three-cylinder petrol engine, and
2.     an electric motor built by the inventor of “Sheer Driving Pleasure”.
Together that produces:
the values of a sports car – with the fuel economy of a small car.
•      From zero to hundred in 4.4 seconds
•      A fuel consumption of 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
•      59 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
•      A pure-electric range of 35 kilometres.
•      An everyday range of 500 kilometres.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
That is what I call consistency. The BMW i8 is innovative down to the last detail.
And it will be on the market from early 2014 on.
Our BMW i family shows that:
•      We believe in the success of e-mobility.
•      We plan to capture significant market share.
•      We built an own production site for our electric cars, and
•      We intend to grow profitable with electro-mobility.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The future belongs to those who dare.
We at the BMW Group continue to lead the way. We take responsibility seriously, while concentrating exclusively on premium – with every brand of our company.
Behind every car, we see a customer. His or her satisfaction is the benchmark for all our actions.
My Board of Management colleagues and I are firmly committed to this.
And so are our more than 100,000 BMW Group employees worldwide.
Their creativity and enthusiasm is our most important asset.
Together, we are shaping the future of mobility.
Thank you!

BMW Group reports highest sales ever for August

Munich. BMW Group reported its highest ever sales for the month of August, with a total of 139,648 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 14.8% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 121,628). Worldwide sales year-to-date also reached an all-time high with 1,246,528 vehicles sold, an increase of 7.7% over the same period in 2012 (1,157,807).

“The BMW Group achieved an all-time high in sales for the month of August. For the very first time, we sold over one million BMW brand vehicles in the first eight months of the year. The company is well on course to attain growth in sales for the full year. Today we presented new models such as the BMW 4 Series Coupé and the third generation BMW X5, which will provide for additional momentum towards the end of the year”, said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, at the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main.

In the month under review, worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 15.6% to 118,743 units (prev. yr. 102,742). Strong growth was achieved in many model segments. Sales of the BMW 3 Series surged 38.6% to 34,943 units (prev. yr. 25,215). Demand for the BMW X3 remained high, with sales increasing 7.3% to 10,532 vehicles (prev. yr. 9,816). The BMW 5 Series continued its success story with 28,364 units sold last month (prev. yr. 23,341/ +21.5%). Upper segment BMW vehicles also performed well with 1,976 BMW 6 Series vehicles sold (prev. yr. 1,747/ +13.1%) and the company’s flagship, the BMW 7 Series, was delivered to 4,764 customers (prev. yr. 3,787/ +25.8%). A total of 1,051,595 BMW brand vehicles (prev. yr. 963,141) have been delivered to customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of 9.2%.

Demand for BMW Group vehicles was particularly high in Asia and the Americas, where the company achieved strong double-digit growth in the month under review.

In Asia, the company delivered 48,620 vehicles, an increase of 27.9% compared to August last year (38,002). Mainland China accounted for 34,166 deliveries, an increase of 34.6% on the previous year (25,377). Sales in South Korea climbed 37.7% to 3,810 vehicles (prev. yr. 2,766). Year to date, the BMW Group has sold 367,441 vehicles in Asia (prev. yr. 312,059/ +17.7%), including 249,160 units in Mainland China (prev. yr. 207,425/ +20.1%).

The company posted strong gains in the Americas last month with a total of 37,672 vehicles sold to customers, an increase of 29.3% on the previous year (29,142). In the U.S., a total of 30,546 BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered, an increase of 35.4% on August last year (22,553). From January through August, the BMW Group has sold 288,189 vehicles in the Americas (prev. yr. 256,838/ +12.2%), including 233,326 units in the U.S. (prev. yr. 208,268/ +12.0%).

In Europe, sales for the BMW Group were slightly lower than August last year, with 48,218 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 49,354/ -2.3%). The company reported a total of 20,241 registrations in Germany, a plus of 12.8% compared to the previous year (17,952). The main growth driver was the BMW 3 Series. Year to date, company sales have remained stable in Europe with a total of 548,148 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 547,378/ +0.1%). In Germany, 180,262 BMW Group vehicles were registered from January through August (prev. yr. 185,849/ -3.0%).

In August 2013 Comp. to previous year Up to/incl. August 2013 Comp. to previous year
BMW Group Automobiles 139,648 +14.8% 1,246,528 +7.7%
BMW 118,743 +15.6% 1,051,595 +9.2%
MINI 20,653 +10.6% 192,966 +0.2%
BMW Motorrad 7,708 +4.2% 83,890 +9.3%
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