Sunday, November 17, 2013

BMW i8 looks like a future

BMW reinvents the car with i8 model
With its fascinating holistic concept, the BMW i8 brings the vision of a modern and sustainable sports car to life. The highly-emotional design immediately makes it clear what qualities the BMW i8 has to offer. Dynamic proportions show off its acceleration potential even when it’s standing still; and yet it doesn’t rely on being a pure-blooded sports car. Its aesthetics always follow a functional goal: for example, more aerodynamics for maximum efficiency and absolute performance.
Sometimes it is time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 is an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency.
BMW is slated to unveil the new 4-Series convertible, which will replace the smaller 3-Series. The eco-friendly BMW i3 (totally electric) and i8 (hybrid) vehicles should also make their North American debut; both have major eye appeal.
The petrol-electric BMW i8 will cost from £99,895 when sales begin in July next year
The high-performance, petrol-electric 
BMW i8 supercar will cost from £99,895 when sales begin in July next year.
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However, pre-orders are currently being taken and BMW claims to have received around 100 deposits so far. The German manufacturer also announced around 200 orders for the BMW i3 have been taken, with roughly half of those being for the range-extender version. Sales for the i3 begin on 16 November.
• BMW i3 review
The i8 is powered by a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor. A 228 bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine drives the rear wheels, while the front axle is powered by a 129 bhp mid-mounted electric motor.
That gives a combined power output of 357 bhp, capable of propelling the i8 from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.
Those performance figures alone are impressive, but the economy figures are too. The i8 is able to travel up to 22 miles on electric power alone at up to speeds of 75mph and when the electric motor and petrol engine work together, they’re able to give an overall range of 310 miles. Fuel economy is a claimed 113mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 59g/km.
2014 BMW i8 - DRIVING
Thanks to the innovative LifeDrive vehicle architecture, the BMW i8 fulfils the ideal conditions for weight-optimised construction – with an extremely low centre of gravity 50:50 axle distribution. The perfect basis for the characteristics of a classic sports car. When the extraordinary combination of an electric motor and a powerful petrol engine are also taken into consideration, this sets the foundation for the most innovative sports car of our time.
The sporty character of the BMW i8 is noticeable everywhere, thanks to the vehicle’s intelligent drive control system. Its combustion engine and electric drive interact precisely, while the exceptional control of all flows of energy results in an optimal combination of efficiency and dynamics.
Powerful plug-in hybrid system
Think further to go further. The intelligent plug-in hybrid system in the BMW i8 combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine into an extraordinary driving experience: highest efficiency and maximum dynamics are simultaneously possible. The electric drive, a powerful 96 kW (131 hp), is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by an authoritative BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance and up to 320 Nm of torque; combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system, it guarantees typical BMW driving pleasure.
Together the pair accelerates the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds*. And this with an enormous saving in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as it uses just 2.5* l per 100 km and emits 59 g/km*.
* Values conditional.
BMW eDrive
The innovative BMW eDrive technology is the result of many years of BMW EfficientDynamics development work. Three key features deliver an unequalled emission-free driving experience: the entire torque of the extremely agile electric motor is available virtually from a standing start, and uninterrupted acceleration is maintained up to the maximum speed. An innovative cooling system keeps the high-voltage battery constantly at the optimal operating temperature, which increases performance and longevity.
The intelligent energy management system coordinates optimal interaction between the electric motor and the high-voltage battery with the goal of maximum performance with minimum consumption. Regenerative braking mediated by one-pedal driving extends the car's range. Together with the ECO PRO modes, the push of a button is all it takes to gear all car systems towards maximum efficiency – and utilise energy reserves intelligently.
Optional Charging
A new dimension of sporty electromobility: The BMW i8 can be charged to 80 % quickly and easily within 2.5 hours via the charging cable at a standard electrical socket. With the BMW i Wallbox, you can optimise charging times, enabling the BMW i8 to be charged to 80 % in approximately two hours.
Even the vehicle concept and drive control are configured to ensure a balanced flow of energy on the move. During rest phases, the TwinPower Turbo engine charges the high-voltage battery via a generator. The electric motor also charges the lithium-ion battery in various driving situations. Additional energy is obtained via Brake Energy Regeneration. Thus, the battery is never flat and the electrical drive is always operational.
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