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      04-28-2014, 09:06 AM   #45
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Yes but customers are already taking deliveries of the M3/4's and nobody in the media has been allowed to drive/review it yet? We're all waiting patiently.....
At the risk of sounding pedantic, there's been one "customer delivery"...in Dubai.
Yes the first "one", a customer delivery in Dubai posted here a week ago, also M3/4's arriving at dealerships, many others very close to taking deliveries....how many tests/reviews? ZERO. You keep missing the point I'm making.
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Seems to be a fantastic car that will be improved/perfected with software updates...

According to Driving.ca, the car returned a fuel economy figure of 46.4 mpg during their spirited test drive, very impressive!

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Australia's Car Guide: http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and...83338_20140428
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      04-28-2014, 09:38 AM   #47
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Seems to be a fantastic car that will be improved/perfected with software updates...

According to Driving.ca, the car returned a fuel economy figure of 46.4 mpg during their spirited test drive, very impressive!

More reviews here:

Australia's Car Guide: http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and...83338_20140428
Yeah I agree that is the consensus. The software must be insane in this car. Btw the carsguide.com.au review is the exact same review as the Motor Authority one; apparently they are sister companies.
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Check out this positive and realistic review. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/i8/...i8-2014-review
The autocar guy is silly one. He thinks every car should be a P1.
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Another review but not very good. Just a regurgitation of the press release. I don't think they drove the car.
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/bm...ery-80499.html

Hoping for more driving reviews from the big guys (and we will have more tomorrow just don't know from whom)
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http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles...t-drive-review
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      04-28-2014, 11:05 AM   #51
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It was a mistake; there is a cup holder in the front as that photo depicts. Someone pointed it out in the comments, as well.

Maybe they had too much fun driving the i8 to notice it?

That or they copy/pasted the boilerplate from an 80's BMW review

Clarification: At one time, BMW didn't provide cup-holders in their cars (as was common in many German makes), and foreign reviewers frequently complained about this fact.
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      04-28-2014, 11:13 AM   #52
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Yeah BMW and cupholders do have a special history
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      04-28-2014, 01:07 PM   #53
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Here's one more review with some interesting videos attached.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/28/2...t-drive-video/
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      04-28-2014, 01:14 PM   #54
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Here's one more review with some interesting videos attached.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/28/2...t-drive-video/
+1 to the author for not using the words "Gullwing doors" anywhere in the article
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      04-28-2014, 01:22 PM   #55
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Interesting that they would release the PDF and not cover the US market in it and also didn't release a US specific one. This PDF does talk about various European markets, so I figured it was global.

I was interested in some of the nice touches and the full leather with the Pure Impulse, the interior ambiance lighting package, leather engine cover, embossed i8 in headrests, and other similar details. Will that all be standard on the US i8, or it will be part of the top package? Will be interesting to see.
Upon re-reading the global press release, I found this note in rather small font at the bottom of the first page:

"Note: The equipment described refers to the specification for the German market."
At least that gives us some hope that what we've heard about the U.S. cars being fully equipped may still be true.
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Upon re-reading the global press release, I found this note in rather small font at the bottom of the first page:

"Note: The equipment described refers to the specification for the German market."
At least that gives us some hope that what we've heard about the U.S. cars being fully equipped may still be true.
I nominate you as official reviewed of all future BMW i8 PDF press release documentation Great catch!
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One more, Car magazine review: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/...4-CAR-review2/
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I nominate you as official reviewed of all future BMW i8 PDF press release documentation Great catch!
LOL. Well, it takes a village, and it's fun to share nuggets of information with other enthusiasts. Frankly, I think we could do a better job of launching the i8 than BMW is doing (which may be exactly what they intended).
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Another UK review from The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...i8-review.html

I'm guessing the American mags are having their turn tomorrow

Beside Road and Track, I haven't seen anything yet from MotorTrend or Car & Driver...
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And one more that seems to be an original article by Motoramic, even though it's on Yahoo Autos:

https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motora...211741544.html
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From Matt Davis at another BMW Blog: http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/27/20...i8-test-drive/

Also from the same site photos/text on the building process of the car: http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/27/pr...rocess-bmw-i8/
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Another UK review from The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...i8-review.html
"Theres also a geartrain-protecting half-second delay to the throttle actuation"

What, a half-second throttle lag?? If it's anything like you experience in the i3 at low speed then that alone is a dealbreaker.
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"There’s also a geartrain-protecting half-second delay to the throttle actuation"

What, a half-second throttle lag?? If it's anything like you experience in the i3 at low speed then that alone is a dealbreaker.
It's unclear what he's talking about.

Many of the reviews expressed concern over a throttle delay in 2nd gear corners when acceleration is needed due to software deciding how/where to put the power down.

One other review also mentioned that if one wheel goes off the ground, the car will halt power to stop free spin to prevent damage to the systems. I believe that only refers to the front axle, but am not sure entirely. The press release didn't talk about this function.

In both cases, it was stated that BMW is still tweaking all of this software and will continue to do so even after deliveries begin.

For the early adopters, these quirks will be something to live with and workaround, as BMW continues to improve the software that controls the i8 drivetrain.

In other words, I don't think it's an insurmountable issue that should be a deal breaker.
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Another review from The Auto Channel, with video containing lots of i8s at the media launch...

All of the info is starting to look the same to me after these last few days, so I apologize if some other site has this same exact review and it's been posted already; however the video has footage I haven't seen yet.

(Edit: I realized I posted another The Auto Channel review earlier, this is actually more of an article than a drive review, but it's interesting with talks about the original concept and designers to the current stage of the i8. Due to Bimmerpost censoring the website for some reason, you have to cut and paste the below link to a browser and remove spaces in the website name.)

http://www. the auto channel .com/ne...ike-dream.html


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An i8 night/rain video in Los Angeles:

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Another review, this time from Automobile Magazine:
http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews...bmw-i8-review/
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