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#16 MightyJordan

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 15:40

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

It's not actually an EU regulation, it's a gentlemen's agreement between the car manufacturers and the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen); they wanted to introduce speed limits on the unrestricted autobahns, so to appease them, the manufacturers agreed to limit their cars to 155 mph. Except for Porsche. :p




#17 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 15:44

It's not actually an EU regulation, it's a gentlemen's agreement between the car manufacturers and the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen); they wanted to introduce speed limits on the unrestricted autobahns, so to appease them, the manufacturers agreed to limit their cars to 155 mph. Except for Porsche. :p

ok I stand corrected

#18 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 15:52

usually i do not like BMW vehicles however this one looks rather nice from the quick video.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 16:29

It's not actually an EU regulation, it's a gentlemen's agreement between the car manufacturers and the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen); they wanted to introduce speed limits on the unrestricted autobahns, so to appease them, the manufacturers agreed to limit their cars to 155 mph. Except for Porsche. :p

Yes, I knew what he was talking about ;) Porsche hasn't signed into it. I know Mercedes on some AMG models limit it to a higher speed (186 MPH/300 KPH). I had a CLS 63 with the performance package that did just that, as well as other things. 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 16:40

Looks real nice.  I used to love BMW, then more of an AUDI fan, but since MB stopped developing supercars and put more money in quality and design, I am definately an MB fan more then others.

 

However, this thing sounds amazing.  and the fact that they are keeping the interiors close to the concept car, and not watering it down is a definate plus!!!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 16:56

Looks real nice.  I used to love BMW, then more of an AUDI fan, but since MB stopped developing supercars and put more money in quality and design, I am definately an MB fan more then others.

 

However, this thing sounds amazing.  and the fact that they are keeping the interiors close to the concept car, and not watering it down is a definate plus!!!

MB still develops the SLS...They made the SLS, SLS Black Series, and the older SLR. I consider all those supercars. But, yeah very cool for a production car to be close to the concept, even if it is just the interior. Nice to see a good design, instead of all the crap hybrid's on the market these days (Prius). There are a whole slew of hybrid supercars coming out, should be fun.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 17:04

NICE! Starting saving/investment plan....definitely want to import this next year!  :yes:



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 17:19

2014 BMW i8 first official photos emerge
 
Debuts next Tuesday
 
These are the first two official photos of the production-ready 2014 BMW i8 which will be publicly unveiled on September 10 at IAA in Frankfurt.
 
It was only yesterday when BMW released a teaser clip with the plug-in hybrid i8 and now the cat is pretty much out of the bag as the first two official pics depicting the car have surfaced the web. Showing several similarities with the concept unveiled two years ago, the production model loses the see-through doors and gets more down-to-earth alloy wheels.
 
Open the scissor doors and you will notice right away the interior doesn't stray away too much from current BMWs but there are digital instrument clusters and a blue circle around the logo on the steering wheel.
 
BMW has already announced the i8 will come with a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine delivering 231 HP (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque transferred to the rear axle. An electric motor outputting 131 HP (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) will drive the front wheels and enable the i8 to have a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm).
 
Tipping the scales at less than 1,490 kg (3,285 lbs), the 2014 BMW i8 production version will need about 4.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) and will reach an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It will have an average fuel consumption of 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions standing at 59 g/km. On electric power it can reach a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and should have enough juice for a range of 22 miles (35 km).

 

 

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#24 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 17:30

Personally I think it looks hideous, inside and out, but I can appreciate the "futuristic" theme they are going for.

 

Looks like it will have a price tag of around $150k (USD), which is pretty ridiculous.

I'd buy a Nissan GT-R and Ariel Atom instead for that price, but that's just me. :)



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 20:33

It looks pretty interesting but... supercar? With 362BHP? You can get that much out of a Golf R with some tuning! I don't entirely qualify that as a supercar personally. I look forward to seeing a bit more about it though when it launches as the whole concept is fascinating and I'm certainly interested in these electric and hybrid cars.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:06

http://www.engadget....hybrid-pricing/

 

next spring for $135,925 and up!

 

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:07

Cuckoo price.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:20

Cuckoo price.

 

New technologies don't come cheap. Ask Tesla. You build a luxury level car at a high price to appease the rich clientele looking for a unqiue car, then eventually create more affordable i3/i5 (both of which are already planned for release over the next 3-4 years) as the cost of production decreases. I can definitely see the entire i-series replacing most fo the current line over the next 10 years.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:28

New technologies don't come cheap. Ask Tesla. You build a luxury level car at a high price to appease the rich clientele looking for a unqiue car, then eventually create more affordable i3/i5 (both of which are already planned for release over the next 3-4 years) as the cost of production decreases. I can definitely see the entire i-series replacing most fo the current line over the next 10 years.

True, technology does work this way, high end model expensive, then trickle down to affordable.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:30

I hope it something I could impossibly afford! I wish I had this car.  :laugh: