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First Drive: BMW i8 [Chris Harris On Cars]

Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team.

Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries.

This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.

2012 Concorso d’Eleganza: BMW i8 Concept Vision EfficientDynamics

The BMW i8 Concept is a concept hybrid vehicle on display during the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This version is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept that is moved by three cylinder turbodiesel engine. Additionally, there are two electric motors with 139 horsepower. It allows an acceleration to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 4.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (160mph).

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Life-Size Replica of the BMW i8 Concept Made out of Lego Blocks

The BMW Group and LEGO, the famous interlocking brick brand from Denmark, are no strangers as the two companies have cooperated many times in the past.

Once again, BMW was one of the main sponsors of this year’s LEGO Kids Fest that took place at the automaker’s home town of Munich from April 12 to 15.

Among the many happenings organized by LEGO was the block building of a full-size replica of the BMW brand’s i8 hybrid sports coupe concept. The plastic vehicle was assembled brick by brick with the help of the kids visiting the show.

(vía Carscoop)

BMW i8 Spyder Concept

Like the coupe, the Spyder is based around a lightweight carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic structure with the same material used for the outer panels.

The i8 employs a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining two different power sources. The primary unit is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine with 220HP (223PS) and 300 Nm (221 lb.ft) positioned behind the passenger cabin that’s linked to a dual clutch transmission driving the rear wheels. The second power source is an electric motor delivering 129HP (132PS) that turns the front wheels.

The two power sources can work independently to drive the vehicle or in tandem, in which case, they generate an aggregate system output of 349HP (35PS) and peak torque of 550Nm (405.6 lb.ft).

BMW says that the i8 Spyder passes the 100km/h (62mph) yardstick in 5.0 seconds after take-off (i8 Coupe: 4.6 seconds), on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The two-seater model is claimed to return a combined fuel consumption of just 3.0lt/100km, equivalent to fuel economy of 94.2mpg UK or 78.4mpg US, in the European test cycle.

(vía Carscoop)

BMW i8 Concept 360° View

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Sometimes it is time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 Concept is an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency.