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      12-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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      12-21-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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that's great. thanks for sharing!
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Cool car. Cool flick.

Not sure how BMW can say "Born Electric" when it has a bloody ICE motor.
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I have trouble getting excited about this car. I suppose it combines outstanding efficiency with very good acceleration, but my feeling is "very good" in this price range is not good enough. Also, the tires are too slanted towards efficiency.
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I have trouble getting excited about this car. I suppose it combines outstanding efficiency with very good acceleration, but my feeling is "very good" in this price range is not good enough. Also, the tires are too slanted towards efficiency.
I feel exactly the same way. That's sub-M3/4 performance at twice the price. While I doubt that it'll be in my price range, I'd desire it much more of it had a 6 or 8 cylinder producing enough power and torque to at least match the M5/6 when combined with the electric motor. Basically, I don't want a car to look more powerful than it actually is.
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If only the i8 was more comparable to the 918... it certainly looks the part.
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      12-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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If only the i8 was more comparable to the 918... it certainly looks the part.
The i8 tries too hard, to look different than other cars. It has way too many uncanny lines and panels.. it looks piecemeal. Not fluent.

Again, the design style of the i8 is not something I am interested in, nor would consider spending money on. Even if all the engineering is there, the car looks impractical & too goofy to own.

Good luck BMW on that styling...
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Electric motor + turbo motor makes a lot of sense from a thrust perspective.

Batteries although heavy, do allow you to bring the cog very low and distribute weight evenly almost like a ballast does only in a fixed configuration.

This may sound crazy but my Prius is fast from 0-10 because of the instant torque. It also handles way better than expected because of the strangely low cog.

I think the i8 could actually deliver a driving experience that is unexpected and positive.
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Electric motor + turbo motor makes a lot of sense from a thrust perspective.

Batteries although heavy, do allow you to bring the cog very low and distribute weight evenly almost like a ballast does only in a fixed configuration.

This may sound crazy but my Prius is fast from 0-10 because of the instant torque. It also handles way better than expected because of the strangely low cog.

I think the i8 could actually deliver a driving experience that is unexpected and positive.
It is still just a plugin, just like your Prius.
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I feel exactly the same way. That's sub-M3/4 performance at twice the price. While I doubt that it'll be in my price range, I'd desire it much more of it had a 6 or 8 cylinder producing enough power and torque to at least match the M5/6 when combined with the electric motor. Basically, I don't want a car to look more powerful than it actually is.
I respect that opinion because more performance is absolutely a good thing.

BUT sometimes people miss the point of the i series. While performance is always a focus for all models, it isn't the #1 priority. I remember BMW saying that there are no plans to build any M versions. The i series is about technology and efficiency. I am no fan of hybrid or electric cars, but building those will allow us to keep big power performance cars. I think the i8 will be plenty fast and will hopefully be a fun car to drive. Price is definitely too high, but i guess that tech is still expensive.
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Dear BMW,

Start listening to your customers. We want this, not the i8 as you've introduced it. The i3 is understandable, but the i8 is a miss.

Produce this to compete with the R8 and 911 GT3/Turbo.



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Who else wants the V10 in this car? Haha. IMO It looks to good to be slower than an M3
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Start listening to your customers. We want this, not the i8 as you've introduced it. The i3 is understandable, but the i8 is a miss.

Produce this to compete with the R8 and 911 GT3/Turbo.



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I feel exactly the same way. That's sub-M3/4 performance at twice the price. While I doubt that it'll be in my price range, I'd desire it much more of it had a 6 or 8 cylinder producing enough power and torque to at least match the M5/6 when combined with the electric motor. Basically, I don't want a car to look more powerful than it actually is.
Bingo. But I'm still sold on this car through looks alone..
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I think you guy who dont like it are holding on to what you know, rather than having an open mind. This is a different vehicle than any other vehicle out there. Stop looking for than rawness or a modern day super sports car.

With that being said, I do agree than the wheels are too narrow and think a wider wheels would carry it off better...but dont many of us change wheels anyway? This car will be a winner.
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