BMW i8 deliveries to customers starting in June


The launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014.

BMW i agents will soon be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. We definitely want to test drive this car. Some of our Petrolhead Nirvana members have BMW i3s and we have to say we’ve been pretty impressed, they’re quite nice!

Customers have already been able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 since autumn 2013. Rumours are that the demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up. We’ll see…

BMW i8

Thanks to its novel  powertrain concept BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid configuration, the i8 combines a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.4 seconds with an average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km .  

In typical everyday commuting, with the battery fully charged at the beginning, the BMW i8 can return a fuel consumption below 5 litres/100 km around town.  If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres are achievable.. Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km. Overall, the fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid model therefore works out around 50 per cent better than that of conventionally powered sports car models.

BMW i8

The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a 170 kW/231 hp, 320 Nm (236 lb-ft)  three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a 96 kW/131 hp, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) hybrid synchronous electric motor. The BMW eDrive system also includes a lithium-ion high-voltage battery and intelligent energy management that uses the combined output of 266 kW/362 hp to provide high performance and maximum efficiency, while always taking into account the driving situation and driver requirements. The excellent balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy is aided by a low vehicle weight of 1,485 kg.

BMW i8 laser lights

In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 23 miles. Charging times range from less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers mid-range acceleration from 50 to 75 mph in 2.6 seconds.

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