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#1 +zhiVago

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 18:20

 
 
Debuts September 10 at IAA
 
 
BMW has released a teaser clip for its highly anticipated production version of the i8 supercar.
 
On September 10 we'll get to see BMW's new hybrid supercar and through this teaser video we catch a glimpse at the second "i" member, following the reveal of the i3 in late July. While the latter is being described as a "revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility", the i8 will be a fully-fledged supercar which will achieve the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in less than 4.5 seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited 155 mph (250 km/h).
 
This will be possible thanks to a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine outputting 231 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) sent to the rear wheels. The front axle will be driven by an electric motor generating 131 HP (96 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), resulting in a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.
 
The 2014 BMW i8 will weigh less than 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg) and is expected to do 94 mpg US (113 mpg UK or 2.5 liters / 100 km) with 59 g/km of CO2 emissions. BMW mentions it will have an electric range of 22 miles (35 km) and will hit a zero-emission top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 18:42

Impressive economy figures for a 'supercar'
Never been one for BMW's but this one strikes as interesting.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 19:54

Impressive economy figures for a 'supercar'
Never been one for BMW's but this one strikes as interesting.

 

They have made great strides these past couple years ever since they fired their last lead designer. All the cars now have a unified sporty look and the 5-series is one of the best all around performance luxury cars there is. Even though I'm not a BMW kind of guy, it's hard not to show appreciation for their design and engineering.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 22:26

Hmm that is great. I hope that top speed is restricted only when it's running on electric power. Let's see it in production :) 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 22:51

I've had my eye on this since it was announced, can't wait!! :D



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:32

Hmm that is great. I hope that top speed is restricted only when it's running on electric power. Let's see it in production :)

EU regs, it's easy enough to bypass, for someone who knows how to do it (not me of course)



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:49

The angle at 0.16-0.17 sec. of the video is my favourite. The shape looks so agile and hot! It's like a predator!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:12

EU regs, it's easy enough to bypass, for someone who knows how to do it (not me of course)

Um what? I've never heard of such regulation for regular gasoline powered cars. Is it something for hybrids? There was a story on the front page saying EU wanted to regulate to 70mph. 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 13:17

Um what? I've never heard of such regulation for regular gasoline powered cars. Is it something for hybrids? There was a story on the front page saying EU wanted to regulate to 70mph.

No the regs I was referring to was something to do with the electronic limited speed of 155mph. Top end euroboxes, not sports cars.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 13:25

No the regs I was referring to was something to do with the electronic limited speed of 155mph. Top end euroboxes, not sports cars.

Yeah, I know about that one. That's a far cry away from the 70 mph on this vehicle, which EU regulations should have nothing to do with it. 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 14:10

Yeah, I know about that one. That's a far cry away from the 70 mph on this vehicle, which EU regulations should have nothing to do with it. 

 

The 70Mph thing I thought was the electronic MAX based on horsepower , It runs at 155Mph (limited) but on electric alone is 70. 132 HP is not gonna push a 3,285lbs car pretty fast :p



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 14:15

The 70Mph thing I thought was the electronic MAX based on horsepower , It runs at 155Mph (limited) but on electric alone is 70. 132 HP is not gonna push a 3,285lbs car pretty fast :p

cool, that's what I'm thinking too. If geared properly, you'd be surprised what 132 HP on a 3300 lb car can do. You should be able to do 120-130 mph+



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 14:17

22 Miles electric range is rubbish.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 14:43

22 Miles electric range is rubbish.

 

It's a hybrid engine. It wasn't designed to travel long distances solely on the electric power.

 

Think of it as an added convenience bonus - you run out of fuel, but you may still have enough of electric juice to reach the nearest gas station.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 15:28

It might qualify for excemption from the london congestion charge



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