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      03-10-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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March 10, 2014

BMW i8 deliveries to customers starting in June. Performance and fuel economy specifications further improved – Real life fuel consumptionreaches small-car level – World’s first production car with innovative laser light technology.

Munich. With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.

Beforehand, special public events will be held in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series production of customer vehicles will commence in April. Customers have already been able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013.

However, demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up.

Further improvements to the BMW i8 specifications
In parallel to the completion of the statutory type approval the BMW engineers were also able to achieve a further improvement of key driving performance and fuel consumption data. 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 EU test cycle 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 .

Every-day fuel economy substantially better than all conventional sports car concepts
Although the results achieved in the EU test cycle allow for quick comparisons with other vehicles and despite their relevance ​​for a favorable taxation in many countries, the BMW i8 engineers hat a particular focus on low fuel consumption in real life.

As a result the BMW i8 shows extraordinary efficiency not only in standardized testing procedures, but also in the practice of everyday traffic:

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 (more than 56 mpg imp) around town. If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres (more than 40 mpg imp) are achievable.. Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp). 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.

World’s first production car with laser light.
Introduction of the optional BMW laser headlights is scheduled for autumn 2014, when the BMW i8 will become the world’s first production car to offer this innovative lighting technology. BMW laser headlights are around 30 per cent more energy-efficient than the BMW i8’s standard LED headlights and provide considerably more powerful road illumination, with a range of up to 600 metres. Highly concentrated beams of light from high-performance laser diodes act on a fluorescent phosphor material inside the headlight, which projects a sharply focused beam of light onto the road. The laser headlights produce a light similar to natural daylight and are therefore always easy on the eye.

BMW eDrive: Sports car powertrain of the future.
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 (with a usable capacity of 5,2 kWh) and intelligent energy management that uses the combined output of 266 kW/362 hp to provide breathtaking 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 (DIN kerb weight) and an unusually good drag coefficient (Cd) for a sports car of 0.26.

In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU test cycle. Depending on whether the plug-in hybrid sports car’s lithium-ion battery is recharged at a household power socket or BMW i Wallbox, or at a public charging station, charging times range from less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 2.6 seconds. The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).

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I've been told that the time between the start of Euro deliveries and US is going to the closer than it's ever been, none of the typical ~6 months (hence the July wording on the BMWUSA site). And I could swear production had already begun after I saw a RHD i8 sighting in Amsterdam. It appears to be in pre-delivery guise (that looks like a window sticker on the dash). It might just be a press test car based on this press release about April builds.



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Is the price announced yet? Need to know how much more I have to pay if I trade in my Accord
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I like the design but I really struggle in thinking the drivetrain is special given what Tesla is doing.
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My dad's taking a look at this car. He's a fan of both the i3 and i8. He may get this one. Deciding between quite a lot of options. His favorite being a TT, haha.

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My dad's taking a look at this car. He's a fan of both the i3 and i8. He may get this one. Deciding between quite a lot of options. His favorite being a TT, haha.

Awesome post.
Tell your Dad, anybody can buy a TT !

Be a futurist and grab an i8 !!
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I like the design but I really struggle in thinking the drivetrain is special given what Tesla is doing.
Completely Electric was the way to go. The BMW i8 is not actually born electric, it's really born hybrid !
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I like the design but I really struggle in thinking the drivetrain is special given what Tesla is doing.
Completely Electric was the way to go. The BMW i8 is not actually born electric, it's really born hybrid !
A high price Prius?
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Awesome news, thanks for the post, Jason!
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US sales still commence in July , but European customers will receive in June.

Production is currently for individual distribution market models and BMW employees who have ordered the i8 .

Cars for customers will begin production in April.
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Senior director at work said he's getting one or an M6 GC but then again he loves hybrids so pretty sure he will pick up an i8 through ED. I just hope he drives it to work so I can see that beast
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ED is not available on the i8

Also without a preorder, first year allocation i8 will be impossible to get, unless one is sitting at the local dealer with some ridiculous markup.

Just my thoughts.
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I like the design but I really struggle in thinking the drivetrain is special given what Tesla is doing.
Completely Electric was the way to go. The BMW i8 is not actually born electric, it's really born hybrid !
A high price Prius?
Yes, in many ways

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Getting in and out of this car will be a PITA. Look at the door frame.
The bottom of the frame sits actually higher than the bottom of the driver seat. You'll have to lift you up to get out of the car.

It looks harder to get out of this car than oldschool Lambo's.
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cant wait to see a production version
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This is a production version ...
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This is a production version ...
i forgot to add "in real life"
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ED is not available on the i8

Also without a preorder, first year allocation i8 will be impossible to get, unless one is sitting at the local dealer with some ridiculous markup.

Just my thoughts.
The i8 and i3 are not available on European Delivery due to the logistics involved in making them compatible.

The i8 and i3 will still be available for collection from the BMW Welt for European customers only.
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Great styling, but I feel it would be a more desirable vehicle if the balance had been more in the direction of performance than economy. Still, 4.4 sec 0-60 is decent.
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1.5L Turbo with 231 HP

Slightly off-topic but that's the real takeaway from this article for me!

Given the 2 series Active Tourer has the same 231HP output, it leads me to think that the 2-er Active Tourer will have the same 1.5L Turbo motor, not the 2.0L turbo.
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pretty sick. in for first delivery pics from a forum member.
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