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BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition is so cool it’s Frozen

The new, one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition made a ritzy debut last night at BMW’s private villa, giving the media its first chance to look at the ultra-exclusive hybrid.

As we said in our previous post, the most notable feature of the Concours d’Elegance i8 is its matte grey…


BMW reveals i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition ahead of Pebble Beach

If you want to be among the first owners in the United States of the new BMW i8, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be the place to tomorrow. That’s where Gooding & Company will auction off this one-of-a-kind hybrid supercar.

The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition was previously…


Xcar checks if BMW’s i8 offers moves as electrifying as its looks

If you were to plot the general opinion about hybrids since their introduction among auto enthusiasts, the resulting graph would likely be shaped somewhat like a “V.” In the beginning interest was high, simply due the novelty of these new powertrains, then the line would gradually fall as the…


Pro golfers race BMW i8 VS. golf cart

You wouldn’t think a couple of pro golfers racing a golf cart along a nice green course would get the blood pumping. But throw in a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and things get at least a little more interesting. At least, that’s what the German automaker is hoping for.

Bimmer is swinging big with a…


First Impressions – BMW i8 Hits Los Angeles Streets

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It’s a car that looks like it was just unveiled by a manufacturer as their latest concept vehicle, one that would certainly never enter production. The BMW i8 has defied all reasoning and has not only entered production, but has been hitting the roads. Here, Chris Harris takes the i8 out for a rip on some canyon roads just outside of Los Angeles and shares his thoughts on how it drives. He also tested in a more conventional scenario taking the i8 through traffic and for a quick bite at In-N-Out.

To refresh, the BMW i8 is powered by a turbo-charged 1.5L 3-cylinder gasoline engine that pumps out 231 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Decent, but definitely not what you want powering a sports car of any sort. Coupled to the front wheels is an electric motor that provides a further 131 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque for a combined total of 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s more like it! The hybrid powerplant is capable of rocketing the i8 from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds thanks in part to its roughly 3200lb weight. Oh, and it does all this while only consuming just 2.5L / 100km.

For those of you who are looking forward to some hooning, remember that this was filmed on open public roads. Another note is the tire choice for this particular test. The BMW i8 is typically equipped with some narrow rubber (195 fronts and 215 rears) but this particular model that Chris Harris took out was equipped with the optional 215s up front and 245s in the rear.

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2015 BMW i8 [w/video]

Sensual Design Complements Technical Brilliance

The most important thing to keep in mind while driving BMW’s all-new i8 is that it’s not a product of the company’s vaunted M division.

Sleek sports-coupe design, carbon-fiber construction and blistering acceleration may cause automotive…


Watch the BMW i8 get wrung out on the Ring

Been wondering where the heck the reviews of the all-new, plug-in-hybrid BMW i8 have been? After all, the car isn’t exactly new, having debuted in concept form way back in September of 2009. In August of last year, we even tested a prototype of the new supercar. Despite that, though, we still…


BMW mulled ten, eight, and six-cylinder engines for i8 before going hybrid

There’s little doubt that the 2015 BMW i8 is one of the most radical and groundbreaking performance cars this industry has seen in a long time. From its unique carbon-intensive construction to its 1.5-litre, three-cylinder and electric motor plug-in powertrain to its concept-car appearance, the …


BMW says M and i do not go together

There’s word from top BMW executives that the automaker won’t be mixing its i division with its M division, Car Advice reports. M division, which takes regular BMWs and makes them into formidable performance cars, and i division, which makes unique BMWs focused on fuel efficiency and …


BMW Unveils the BMW i8 In Frankfurt at IAA

Hybrids are the name of the game in today’s automotive world, even when we’re talking about high-end, high-performance supercars. Porsche just unveiled their plug-in hybrid super sportscar, the 918 Spyder, to news that it had smashed the nurburgring record by 14 seconds. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that whenever we heard the word “hybrid” we thought of cars like the Toyota Prius, not nurburgring laptime record holders. While the BMW i8 is not about to set any records, it does reiterate the fact that hybrids and high-performance are not mutually exclusive.

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