June 6, 2014 : BMW has finally started delivering the first batch of i8 to its customers in Germany. BMW i8 is not only the company's first but is also the world's first vehicle to feature laser lights in its headlamps. Powered by a plug-in hybrid system, the car combines a three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and BMW eDrive technology in the form of a hybrid synchronous electric motor. The car carries a 1.5-litre petrol engine churning an output of 231bhp while the electric motor generates a power of 131bhp and in altogether the final power output comes to 362bhp.
The most popular luxury car maker in the world, BMW is set to launch a hybrid model in the Indian automobile market. This model is christened as BMW i8 , which comes with a combination of electric motor and a petrol engine. This vehicle together with both petrol and electric motor can deliver a mileage of 40 Kmpl, which is truly unbelievable. The car maker has designed this vehicle in a precise way where its front axle is driven by electric motor and the rear axle is fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that accelerates the vehicle towards 100 Kmph mark in just 4.4 seconds. This sophisticated vehicle comes with several innovative features including the BMW eDrive technology that provides an emission free driving experience. It features an innovative cooling system that keeps the battery at optimal temperature that improves the performance and its durability. It also features an intelligent energy management system that collaborates with the high voltage battery and the petrol mill to deliver maximum performance with minimum consumption. In addition to these, it comes with an innovative ECO Pro mode that utilizes the energy reserves intelligently and enables the vehicle to deliver maximum efficiency. The car maker has also equipped this upcoming vehicle with an optional charging package featuring BMW I Wallbox, which enables the owners to optimize the charging time. This system enables the vehicle to be charged up to 80 percent in around two hours of time with ease. This vehicle comes with an innovative technology that enables the TwinPower turbo engine to charge the battery during the rest phase through a generator. Its electric motor also charges the battery in various driving situations. This explains about the technology and advancements achieved by the German automaker. There is no information regarding the exact launch date, but it is expected to arrive by the end of this year or by the first quarter of 2015.
The car maker has given utmost importance to the exteriors of this sedan in order to give it an aerodynamic stature, which contributes for the overall performance. This vehicle has a sophisticated body design that comes equipped with futuristic cosmetics all over its body. On its front it comes with a signature kidney bean shaped design that emphasizes the design language of brand BMW. Surrounding this grille is the sleekly designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with LED lights with laser light technology. Its front bumper gets a body color with matte and glossy finish that is further fitted with a diffuser, which gives an aerodynamic stance. The side profile is very sleek yet sporty owing to the large wheel arches that have been fitted with a set of 20 inch alloy wheels. It with two doors where its external door handles and the wing mirrors comes in body color. The company has equipped this model series with delightful scissor doors, which will certainly add to the customer excitement. Coming to the rear, it has a completely new design with dynamic wraps all over. Unlike any other conventional sports car, the BMW i8 comes with a futuristic design with LED taillights, dynamically designed bumper and several other such aspects, which will certainly spark a new trend in the automobile world.
This luxury sports car comes with a total length of 4689mm along with an impressive width of 1942mm (excluding outside mirrors). It has a total height of just 1298mm and a large wheelbase of 2800mm, which is quite impressive.
The interiors of this BMW i8 model series are expected to come with futuristic yet sporty interiors that certainly provide a wonderful feel. Its dashboard gets a refreshing design with layering all over that gives a classy look to the interiors. Its cockpit is fitted with performance seats, which are further covered in premium quality leather upholstery. The central console has been equipped with a gearbox console and several other innovative features. This two door sports car also features a rear cabin where at least two passengers can have a comfortable seat. its interiors have been equipped with several advanced features including BMW ConnectDrive features, AC unit, an infotainment system featuring real time traffic update and various other innovative aspects.
This upcoming vehicle is expected to get several innovative comfort features that make the journey fascinating. We can expect features like a powerful automatic air conditioning system with heater, power steering with tilt function, all four power windows, parking assist with rear view camera, electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support and memory settings, an advanced infotainment system, glove box compartment and several other sophisticated features.
It comes with a decent cabin space, wherein the cockpit has a headroom of 983mm and a shoulder space of 1522mm. Its rear cabin comes with a total headroom of 824mm along with a decent shoulder space of 1308mm.
This luxury sedan is unbelievably perkier in terms of acceleration and pickup as it can breach the 100 kmph mark in just about 4.4 seconds. Under the electric mode, this sedan reaches the 100 Kmph mark in just 4.5 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 120 Kmph. When both motors are in use, this vehicle can achieve a top speed of 250 Kmph, which is impressive.
This upcoming vehicle will come with an electric motor and a highly powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine. Its electric motor come with a gross capacity of 7.1 kWh, which allows it to produce a maximum power of 128bhp that results in a peak torque output of 250Nm. This motor comes with a two stage automatic transmission system. The rear axle is fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is further incorporated with a twinpower turbo charging unit. It has 3-cylinders and twelve valves that displace 1500cc. It has the ability to churn out a peak power of 231bhp at 5800rpm in combination with a hammering torque output of 320Nm at just 3700rpm. This motor is skillfully paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The combination of these engines can develop a maximum power of 362bhp that yields in a peak torque output of 570Nm, which is quite impressive.
This luxury vehicle comes with a combination of an electric motor and a twinpower turbo petrol engine. It takes more than two hours for lithium battery to get fully charged, which enables the vehicle to produce a mileage in the range of 25 to 35 kilometers. On the other hand, its also comes with a 1500cc, 3-cylinder petrol motor that works in combination with the electric motor and produces a mileage of about 40 Kmpl, which is quite impressive . This vehicle comes with a maximum mileage range of 500 kilometers (combined range).
As said above, this luxury sedan comes with a combination of electric and twinturbo petrol motor. Its electric motor comes with a gross capacity of 7.1 kWh that develops a maximum power of 128bhp and churns out a maximum torque of 250Nm, which is quite impressive . This vehicle is also comes fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol motor on its rear axle that develops a commanding power of 231bhp that results in a peak torque of 320Nm, which is remarkable. The combination of both electric and petrol power plant delivers a maximum power output of 362bhp, which certainly explains about the technology of BMW.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to get most of the BMW ConnectDrive features like park distance control along with BMW head-up display that provides real time traffic information and so on. It is also expected to get an advanced music system featuring a touch-screen with audio controls, USB/AUX-in ports, Bluetooth connectivity and high definition speakers. As of now, BMW India has not disclosed the information and it would be too early to say anything about the audio unit as well as its accessories.
This vehicle is expected to come with superior ventilated disc brakes that will be further accompanied with superior brake calipers. This disc braking mechanism will be enhanced by the anti lock braking system, cornering brake control system, brake assist, brake standby and several other advanced programs. On the other hand, this luxury sports car come with a sophisticated chassis technology with dynamic damper control system featuring double-wishbone front axle and a five link rear axle, which can deal with all the jerks caused on roads. This model will also feature an electric power steering system which offers a precise response whether in the city or on highways.
This luxury sports car is expected to come with innovative safety aspects that ensures maximized protection to the occupants inside. The company has built this vehicle on carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which is light, stable and enhances the safety of the occupants inside. This vehicle is blessed with advanced traction control programs that monitors the traction of individual wheels and prevents the loss of traction to improve stability. Apart from these, this luxury SUV comes with several advanced aspects including anti theft package, intelligent LED light system, airbags, impact protection beams, pedestrian safety features and numerous other advanced aspects.
Market experts believe that the company will launch this sophisticated hybrid sports car with a trendy set of 20-inch light alloy wheels . Its front rims are expected to be covered with a set of 195/50 R20 sized tubeless radial tyres, while its rear rims could get 215/45 R20 sized tyres.
1. Asserting yet futuristic body structure is its biggest advantage.
2. Fuel economy seems quite impressive.
3. Despite being a hybrid model, it is expected to perform exceptionally well.
4. Acceleration and pickup looks remarkable.
5. Comfort and safety features are at par with other vehicles.
1. Rear cabin space is not up to the mark.
2. Cost of maintenance and spares looks quite expensive.
3. Mileage range of electric motor could be better.
4. Initial cost of ownership might be expensive.
BMW has announced that it will launch a special edition of its first plug in hybrid i8. The edition is christened as Concours d’Elegance Edition which will be auctioned at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This one-off BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition features unique color scheme and custom made interior treatment. The Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company- the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The auction is scheduled to take place on August 16, 2014 at the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California in United States.
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