The BMW i8 – Ushering in a New Era of Sustainable Performance

    By BMW

    The BMW i8 – Ushering in a New Era of Sustainable Performance Priced from
    $135,925 in the US.
    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – September 10, 2013 3:00am EDT/12:00am PDT. . . Today
    at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW unveiled one of the most widely anticipated
    cars in its history – the BMW i8. On most levels, this plug-in hybrid 2+2 sports car is
    unlike any car ever introduced. It was also announced that the BMW i8 will have a
    manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $135,925 (including destination and handling)
    when it arrives in US showrooms in spring of 2014.

    The BMW i8 at a glance
    • First plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group and world’s most forwardlooking
    sports car; revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure;
    groundbreaking premium character clearly defined in terms of sustainability.
    • 2+2-seater with LifeDrive architecture developed specifically for BMW i,
    aerodynamically groundbreaking body design and visionary interior design deliver
    an intense driving experience; Life module passenger cell made from carbonfiber-
    reinforced plastic (CFRP); drive system technology, high-voltage battery,
    chassis, and crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminum
    Drive module; curb weight: 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg); Cd: 0.26; very low center of
    gravity (below 18 inches/460 millimeters); well-balanced weight distribution.
    • Emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design language;
    classical sports car proportions and fresh interpretation of BMW design features;
    doors open upwards like wings; clean lines, plus surface design (external and
    internal) based on the layering principle; full-LED headlights as standard,
    innovative laser headlights – unique worldwide – available as an option where
    regulations allow.
    • Plug-in hybrid system developed and produced by the BMW Group represents
    the latest development stage of Efficient Dynamics; debut for three-cylinder
    gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, displacement: 1.5 liters,
    output: 170 kW/231 hp, maximum torque: 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); power sent to the
    rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox; model-specific hybrid synchronous
    electric motor, output: 96 kW/131 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm (184 lb-ft);
    power channeled through the front wheels via a two-stage automatic

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