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      02-24-2013, 10:40 PM   #23
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I don't understand the point of making hyper sports cars with hybrid technology but seem like every manufacture has to have some so let it be. I probably never will afford one.
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      02-24-2013, 10:57 PM   #24
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      02-24-2013, 11:01 PM   #25
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That funny, because just as I was returning home from running out to get takeout, I thought to myself, how silly it was to burn all this gas to run across town. A multi-fueled car would have been perfect.

In response to the post-20mile charge thing, I would imagine that you would be able to run in dual-mode once you exhaust the electric-only source. That only makes sense for practicality of the car.
Problem it is only sports car fast for ~20 miles. The power ratings they are touting are combined ratings. So once you exhaust the electric range, which has been said to be 20 miles. You are left with a $100,000+ sports car running a slow as piss 3-cylinder engine. The i8 needs a bigger gas engine to be called a sports car.
According to the article, it has 20 mile limit when running in electric only mode. If it is in hybrid mode, it would be pulling less from the battery so you would be able to enjoy the battery boost for much longer. Dont know how much longer, though. If it is like other hybrids, the battery would charge while driving, so you would enjoy full power until you run out of gas and switch to electric only.
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      02-24-2013, 11:04 PM   #26
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The i8 tech sounds very similar to another German car in the works (yes, I am aware that it is almost 10x more expensive)

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      02-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #27
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You can run all three power trains as long as you have gas. If you drain the electric motor completely the gas engine will charge it up again
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      02-24-2013, 11:28 PM   #28
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Well folks all those years of asking bmw to design a true super car has arrived. They will no doubt use this chassis to make an M model that will likely boast a larger petrol engine with the electric hybrid system making and likely will have an output of 500 hp/500 foot pounds with a 3200 pound body and all of the bmw chassis dynamics.

Perhaps even more power but no doubt within 3-4 years this will arrive and I will be all over it!
Exactly!

This is why I'm excited.

I'm assuming 600/600!
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      02-25-2013, 12:12 AM   #29
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These car are so lame. What are you doing BMW?
This are the niche cars out tree hugging society is demanding. Every car maker is basically required to make this eco crap to make the govt and elite happy and off their backs so they can still make their 400hp+ cars that folks here love
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      02-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #30
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Please bear in mind that the writer conducted the test and review from the passenger seat.
This was not a test drive as no one willl get behind the wheel for quite a while.
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This are the niche cars out tree hugging society is demanding. Every car maker is basically required to make this eco crap to make the govt and elite happy and off their backs so they can still make their 400hp+ cars that folks here love
Automakers must develop new sources powers because petrol is going to be really expensive in the next decades. The easier way to do it is starting with the expensive super cars where they have much more profit.

Look at Porsche, the 918 development cost is so high they have priced it near 1 milion dollars.
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      02-25-2013, 04:49 AM   #32
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These car are so lame. What are you doing BMW?
is this a real post
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I3 will be my next car for sure! Electric cars have a marked share of 3% here already because of tax reasons, it will probalbly cost the same as a 116d.

Scott, do you know if the battery package will be leased? The same solution as Renault use? Then you just trade in the batteries when they get worn out. Thats a very good solution, then the second hand value will be very good.
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      02-25-2013, 01:24 PM   #35
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With performance numbers like that and price of around 100k with unbelievable fuel economy...I think the i8 is a winner in my book. Let's just hope the ///M boys use some of that carbon fiber chassis for an exclusive ///M car.
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Having just spent the weekend with a fully loaded Tesla model S I have completely renewed faith in the excitement that can be had with an electric car. The acceleration in that thing is literally breathtaking, its comfortable, and handles well enough to be fun. I couldn't help but think what a small bmw engineered vehicle with a similar powertrain would feel like.
Sports car companies that don't embrace these new powertrains are going to be left in the dust. Its not just about being green, it really is an incredible driving experience and I'd be left wanting if BMW didn't have a car to compete.
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      02-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #37
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As a hybrid sportscar, I thought the BMW i8 was going to be equipped with a DCT in addition to the (minimal) fuel savings it offers. I wonder if that was an error made on the part of Autocar or a change of strategy by BMW.
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This is the vid of the ride along. My apologies if this was already posted but I don't see it anywhere. Enjoy
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This god damned active sound bullshit needs to stop. Its not cool, neat, or innovative. This fake sound is embarrassing and quite frankly pathetic. We now know that it is no longer just the sound of your engine (such as with the M5), but that it adds sound (M135i). Which like I said is just pathetic. Pipe it in with a tube and membrane like you used too if its too quite, or how about you take out some of that sound deadening. Cutting corners isn't going to help BMW in the long run. This is something I would expect from Audi or Lexus, not BMW.
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Well folks all those years of asking bmw to design a true super car has arrived. They will no doubt use this chassis to make an M model that will likely boast a larger petrol engine with the electric hybrid system making and likely will have an output of 500 hp/500 foot pounds with a 3200 pound body and all of the bmw chassis dynamics.

Perhaps even more power but no doubt within 3-4 years this will arrive and I will be all over it!
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WOOOOOO More active sound!

*sarcasm*

To be honest, I wouldn't even mind if I didn't really hear anything in this type of car. It's a hybrid, so if made sounds like an RC car, I wouldn't care as long as it was fast (see: Mission Impossible). By adding ActiveSound to this type of car, it's like BMW is trying to make it something it's not.

And if IIRC from that video that was posted here comparing ActiveSound enabled/disabled, it sounded the same but having ActiveSound disabled made it slightly quieter (difference maybe greater in person?) so I don't really see a point in having it, it's not like it's putting out sounds like a Mercedes with a turbo V8...

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That funny, because just as I was returning home from running out to get takeout, I thought to myself, how silly it was to burn all this gas to run across town. A multi-fueled car would have been perfect.
Concur. This thing will be perfect for people with short daily commutes. And the gasoline engine recharges the batteries anyway...
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This god damned active sound bullshit needs to stop. Its not cool, neat, or innovative. This fake sound is embarrassing and quite frankly pathetic. We now know that it is no longer just the sound of your engine (such as with the M5), but that it adds sound (M135i). Which like I said is just pathetic. Pipe it in with a tube and membrane like you used too if its too quite, or how about you take out some of that sound deadening. Cutting corners isn't going to help BMW in the long run. This is something I would expect from Audi or Lexus, not BMW.
Pipe the sound from what? A 3 cylinder? Get over it. I still laugh at all this talk about active sound. If you hate it SO much, disable it and get straight pipes if that's what you want.

There were so many intersting parts of the video (I loved hearing the car in full electric mode, that was really cool). All this talk about active sound has been beaten to death already.
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