BMW i8 Release Date and Pricing REVEALED for the US
The upcoming BMW i8, which was once just a concept, is one of the most mesmerizing cars we’ve see over the past few years and now its released date and pricing have been revealed.
The BMW i8 is a revolutionary car that sports the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics technology, which is a plug-in hybrid concept that combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear.
Here are some more details of this works from BMW’s official description of the technology:
“Acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three liters per 100 kilometers (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance.”
“Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to20 miles on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.”
Release date and pricing announced for BMW i8
BMW USA previously said that its first hybrid sportscar, the BMW i8, will launch this July, but they have now updated the information, saying the high-tech i8 will arrive at dealerships somewhere in August, but an exact date hasn’t been specified, however.
The BMW i8 starts at €126,000 in Germany, in the UK it will cost £ 99,125 and U.S. buyers will be able to get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $136,650, including a $950 destination charge.
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
Michael Harvey from Telegraph UK has spent a few good hours with the car and here’s what his conclusions were:
“If you do want to dip a toe in to the future, then I promise that you’ll never get bored of the i8. Never bored of looking at it, driving it, exploring its complex ways. It’s captivating. I wish BMW worried less about making it sound, a least some of the time, like a traditional sports car and I wish BMW had worried more about creating an interior as seductively avant-garde as the exterior.”
“If I was being misanthropic I’d say the i8 can sometimes feel like it’s trailing one foot in the past, where the i3 has both firmly in the future. But that really would be miserable of me. The i8 is an astonishing car, and it’s only the first episode in the new age of Skywalker supercars. The sequels will better still.”
So, are you among the lucky ones that can afford to buy such a wonder of modern technology?