BMW i8 Review: Sexy, Superhuman Hybrid & Porsche 911 Eater
BMW’s i8 has been called the sports car of the future. It can run a 4.4sec sprint to 62mph but emits only 49g/km of CO2. Alex heads to Scotland to drive this superhuman hybrid.
The BMW i8, first introduced as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, is a plug-in hybrid sports car developed by BMW. The 2015 model year BMW i8 has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 37 km (23 mi) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The production version has a fuel efficiency of 112 mpg under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km.
The initial turbodiesel concept car was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The production version of the BMW i8 was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The i8 was released in Germany in June 2014. Deliveries in the U.S. are scheduled to begin in August 2014
The production i8 has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a usable capacity of 5.2 kWh and intelligent energy management that delivers an all-electric range of 23 mi under the NEDC cycle. The i8 has a low vehicle weight of 3,274 lb and a low drag coefficient of 0.26. In all-electric mode the BMW i8 has a top speed of 75 mph. In Sport mode the i8 delivers a mid-range acceleration from 50 to 75 mph in 2.6 seconds. The electronically controlled top speed is 155 mph.
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