Showing posts in the category of BMW i8

BMW i8 vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost: Which Fakes its Engine Sounds Better?


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BMW's i8 and Ford's new 4-Cylinder Mustang EcoBoost are as different as a glass of Pinot Grigio and a pint of beer, but they do have at least one thing in common.

BMW i8 Drag Raced Against 2015 Corvette Stingray


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Did anyone ask if the BMW i8 could beat a 2015 Corvette Stingray in a straight-line duel? Probably not, but now that we mention it, right…

Place Your Bets: BMW i8 Drag Races Porsche 911 Carrera S


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We’ve seen many BMW i8 reviews so far, but no one thought about a drag race between the Bavarian firm’s most sophisticated model and a conventional sports car.

BMW i8 Has MT Asking Whether "i" is the "M" of the Future


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The BMW i8 may be an environmentally-friendly hybrid, but in essence it remains a sports car, despite the fact that it has a completely different powertrain than conventional performance cars.

Want a Hollow, Non-Working BMW i8 Display Car for Your Living Room?


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A BMW dealer from Westmont, Illinois, is selling a BMW i8 display car that has no engine, no interior or to put it simply, it's hollow underneath its shell.

This Special BMW i8 Sold For $825,000 At Pebble Beach


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Maybe it was Jay Leno's presence driving the bid up, but someone paid six times the retail price for a new BMW i8 this weekend.

The car was sold Saturday night during during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions, presented by both Leno and BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch. It fetched $825,000, up substantially from the $135,700 sticker price of an i8. BMW says it's a record price for an i8 sold at auction, although how many i8s have actually been auctioned off yet, anyway?

The very expensive i8 is a one-off from the BMW Individual collection, painted in Frozen Gray paint with brown leather interior and a set of matching Louis Vuitton carbon fiber luggage.

Also at Pebble Beach this weekend, BMW delivered a few of the first i8s to customers at a private event. Those customers include racing chief Roger Penske and auto dealer Rick Hendrick, as well as a bunch of CEOs and tech people.

For everyone else, the i8 goes on sale this fall at BMW dealerships, but expect a wait for one.

By Zac Estrada

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New Photos of BMW's One-Off BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition


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BMW has built a one-off i8 model called Concours d’Elegance Edition for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Road Test of BMW i8 Concludes it’s a "Sexy, Superhuman Hybrid and Porsche 911 Eater"


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The first thing that strikes you about the BMW i8 is the way it looks. It’s really the kind of car you expect at any second to transform into a humanoid-like robot and shoot laser beams. In fact, the laser emitters are on display even when it’s not transformed, neatly hidden at the back of the car, used as rear lights.

BMW Makes a One-Off i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition for US


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With such high demand and so few cars made, there's no question that the i8 will remain a rare sight on the roads, but if you really want to impress your friends at the next Bimmer gathering, BMW made a one-off i8 named the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Edition.

German Media Churns out Rumor of Possible BMW i9 Model in the Works


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BMW is rumored to be mulling a beefier plug-in hybrid supercar to slot above the i8. The information comes via AMS magazine, but it’s devoid of any concrete facts and figures, merely suggesting and hinting at possible outcomes for its development, nothing with absolute certainty.

Review Praises BMW i8 for Being Good Value, Calls it a Mini-LaFerrari


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There’s no denying the BMW i8 is an impressive technical achievement, not necessarily because it has all the tech that it has, but especially because it seamlessly integrates it into an otherwise usual driving experience.

2015 BMW i8 Options Pricing: How Expensive and Bizarre Does it Get?


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BMW USA has announced the full pricing breakdown of the brand’s most anticipated new model, the i8 sports car. The company previously announced a base price of $135,700 (£79,000; €99,000). Destination and Handling is an additional $950 (£550; €695), for a grand total of $136,650 (£80,000; €100,000).

BMW Working on Wireless Charging Technology for i3 and i8


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Inductive charging of electric vehicles appears to be the way of the future, and BMW wants to be a part of it. The German luxury car manufacturer announced it is developing systems for inductive charging of high-voltage batteries of both BMW i cars and future plug-in models.

BMW Delivers First i8 Plug-In Hybrids to German Customers, Beats Audi in Laser Light Race


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The first BMW i8s were handed over to customers last Thursday during a ceremony held at the BMW Welt in Munich. The first eight owners from Germany were presented with the keys to their new cars by Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig.

BMW Went to Great Lengths to Keep the i8 Light


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The BMW i8 weighs just under 1.5 tons unladen and while that may still seem a bit hefty for a sports car, it really could have been much worse. Think about how heavy the conventionally-built Fisker Karma is, even compared to other cars its size, and you begin to understand just what kind of savings are at work here.

BMW i8 Speaks for Itself in New Ads by Movie Director Gus Van Sant


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Gus van Sant, the director, producer and/or writer of many movies you’ve heard of, including (1997) Good Will Hunting and (1998) Psycho, recently put his signature on BMW’s latest video ad campaign that promotes the i8 hybrid sports car.

BMW Looking to Keep i8 Exclusivity High by Limiting Availability


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It turns out that even if you can afford an i8 and want to buy one in the US, it may not be as easy as you might have thought. We can’t say what kind of demand it will stir up yet, but with only 500 examples hitting Stateside shores this year; first ones begin arriving in August, costing upward of $136,625.

BMW's Solar Carport and Charger Concept is a Smart Match for New i3 and i8


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If you live in an area with adequate sunshine around the year, BMW's new conceptual Solar Carport for electric cars sounds like an excellent idea – as long as the cost is not prohibitive, of course, of course.

Auto Express Says BMW i8 is Unlike Any Other Sports Car


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The complex BMW i8 has a hybrid powertrain combining a 129hp electric motor that drives the front wheels with a 228hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine that sends power to the rear axle. There’s another small boosting electric motor that also works as a generator and a 7.1 kWh battery which allows the i8 to travel up to 22 miles (35 km) on electric power alone.

How About a BMW i8 Gran Coupe to Rival the Tesla Model S?


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We know an i8 Gran Coupe sounds and looks far-fetched, but if you're old enough to rewind the clock back to the 1990s, just think about how absurd an SUV or a…front-wheel drive compact minivan featuring the BMW roundel seemed like at the time.