First Recorded BMW i8 Crash Occurs on the Autobahn

A pre-production version of BMW’s futuristic i8 hybrid sports coupe had an unfortunate encounter with the guardrails on the German Autobahn recently. Reports originating from Germany state that, a 30-year old BMW engineer was behind the wheel of the 362 PS (357hp) sports car when it crashed.

Local Police Chief Nicholas Bishop told German online magazine Merkur that he suspects the driver was going “a little bit too fast”, adding that the i8 first smashed into the median barrier, then flew across the road before coming to a stop on the other side.

While the i8 will have a list price of €126,000 in Germany when it goes on sale later this year (equal to $170,900 but BMW has confirmed U.S. pricing at $135,700), due to the expensive testing equipment fitted to the pre-production model, the value of the specific car is expected to be in excess of €200,000 ($271,000).

The i8 combines a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbocharged petrol engine developing 228hp (231 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque driving rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a synchronous electric motor developing 129hp (96kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) turning the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission. It hits 100km/h (62mph) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Story References: Merkur via BMWBlog



Black Series Label Returning For Most Powerful Mercedes AMG GT R Yet

The purest variant of the Mercedes AMG GT looks like a road-legal GT3 race car.

Alfa Romeo DiscoVolante Homage Is A Study Dripping With Sex Appeal

The DiscoVolante Homage shows what a beautiful and fast Alfa Romeo could look like.

McLaren 720S Skips Traffic In Australia, Gets Instant Karma From Undercover Cop

The driver of this McLaren 720S got a rude surprise from an undercover VW Passat police car.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder On Sale With $31,680 Base MSRP

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations.

Wiesmann Confirms BMW M’s Twin-Turbo V8 For New “Project Gecko”

The new Wiesmann sports car will ride on an all-new lightweight platform powered by the BMW M5’s engine.

Skoda Kamiq Launches In Great Britain With A £17,700 Price Tag

Skoda is launching the new Kamiq in the United Kingdom, with first deliveries to start in November.

Tesla Model S Prototype Allegedly Demolishes Porsche Taycan’s ‘Ring Lap Record

The fastest lap timed manually by a witness was 7m23s, making the Model S prototype 20 seconds quicker than the Taycan.

Ford Could Build More Than One MEB-Based EV In Europe

Ford is interested in building multiple electric vehicles based on the VW Group’s electric vehicle platform.

Audi’s Deadline For Removing All Illegal Diesel Software Is This Month

Audi will face penalties if it fails to remove illegal software from diesel cars by September 26.

2020 DS 8 Flagship Starts Testing In Europe Ahead Of Launch Next Year

The EMP2-based DS 8 will be built in China and will first launch there before possibly arriving in Europe.