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
• 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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