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BMW i8 will get a petrol instead of diesel engine

 BMW i8 will get a petrol instead of diesel engine
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Unveiling at Preview event on the eve of the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW's research and development chief says the brand wants to sell the i8 all around the world so a petrol engine is called for

According to a report by Autocar, BMW's upcoming i8 supercar will not come as a diesel-electric hybrid, as has been the case with the Vision EifficientDynamics concept and prototype upon which the i8 is based.

The recently announced 'i' sub-brand from BMW will launch the i8 supercar in 2013 but it will come with a petrol engine instead.

As BMW's head of research and development, Klaus Draeger, told Autocar, "We want to sell [the i8] all over the world. Diesel is only really relevant to Europe."

Draeger wouldn't say which petrol engine would be fitted to the i8 but whatever it is, it's hard to imagine it matching the efficiency and power of the three-cylinder turbo-diesel from the initial VED concept car. That 1.5 liter power plant churned out 163 PS (120 kW / 161 bhp) and 290 Nm of torque (214 lb-ft). Coupled with the electric motor, total output on the Vision EfficientDynamics was 328 PS (241 kW / 323 bhp) with a consumption rating of 3.76 liters/100 km (62.5 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

BMW may be able to match the 4.8 seconds sprint time (0 to 100 km/h or 62 mph) of the diesel-powered i8 but will it meet those consumption figures with a 700 km (434 mile) range on a 24 liter tank to boot?

Let's hope.

Source: Autocar via BMWblog

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batmobile
Dropping diesel for petrol is a very sensible move on BMW's part. Diesel engines are environmentally unfriendly, because, even with the best filters, they emit extremely harmful nano particles that can cause cancer, retard brain growth, and breathing problems. Having a diesel engine was always a backwards move ... and with this cars superb hybrid efficiency, the consumption of petrol/diesel is so low that any fuel efficiency that diesel might have over petrol becomes frankly irrelevant.
Feb 28, 2011 3:42 pm
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siranto
This is a waste of BMW's time. It doesn't look special or exotic enough to go against the R8 or SLS. No contest.
Feb 27, 2011 3:00 am
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M!
they better do it right. everyone will have something in that range: Audi E-tron R8, MB SLS E-cell, Porsche (???).
Feb 27, 2011 1:06 am
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bavorak
will this subbrand have its own logo or will it use good old BMW one?
Feb 25, 2011 11:57 am
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bboothy
Roundel is the same but with a glowing blue ring around it. Model designation has a negative-space "i" kind of like the ///M-blems
Feb 25, 2011 12:52 pm
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bmw2002m
Years after Audi are getting all the praise for the R8, BMW are still ar5ing about with this bloody concept - make it soon or shut up. I'm tired of looking at this drip feeds and will we build it....won't we...will we....won't we rubbish! At this stage I couldn't care less if it came as a diesel or a hybrid or whatever..
Feb 25, 2011 8:27 am
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JMac
Just how does this now fit in with the 'i' ideology? I thought the emphasis and direction of the new sub brand was to focus on technology and environmental focus i.e. efficiency and frugality for the 2000's given the increasing price of oil and instability of those regions? So by putting a conventional petrol engine in it are they not moving away from what the whole purpose of the exercise in the first place? The article is a little vague as to whether they intend to drop the electric element of the system or not but if so, then surely this is just going to be a fancy new suit for a old underpinning? I can only assume they intend to keep the electric aspec and mate it to a 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 turbo petrol engine but, as stated in the article, the range is going to suffer unless they do some redesign and increase that fuel tank significantly.
Feb 25, 2011 6:38 am
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badaboom
as efficient as a diesel can be , i would still pick a gasoline engine, because i hardly find any great high revving diesel in my country..and google is not a word
Feb 25, 2011 6:38 am
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stylovale
Hope they will bring a non hybrid version of this one. Then I would get one.
Feb 25, 2011 3:45 am
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buruchaga
I'm with you.
Feb 25, 2011 5:30 am
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zeiar
And this is because U.S. can't make proper diesel fuel. http://www.worldcarfans.com/111021630740/vw-tdi-fuel-pump-flaw-suspected-by-us-authorities
Feb 25, 2011 3:33 am
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NardoW12
How about make it 450PS with 45MPG? If someone's gonna spend over $100K USD on a sports car I think they'd prefer some extra power over extra gas mileage. Plus even 40MPG for a sports car is not bad, 3 times better than the E92 M3.
Feb 24, 2011 9:44 pm
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Beemer89
It is just a waste of this beautiful design.. They should have made it a hardcore sports car.. That could compete against the likes of Audi R8..
Feb 25, 2011 2:41 am
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buruchaga
This is new to the supercar arena as those consumers are becoming frugal. With its charm, it would draw a lot of newcomers and women into that category. This would be appropriate as everyday supercar
Feb 25, 2011 5:25 am
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Garais87
bMW just now that they not good at disel power, well not as good as Audi :)
Feb 24, 2011 9:26 pm
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michelin901
google "335d". dont be shocked by what you see. the i brand is definitely the future but yes a high revving v8 would be just great in one of these hot designs.
Feb 25, 2011 4:53 am
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scratchy996
or even better, google 735d or X6 xDrive40d, you will be shocked.
Feb 25, 2011 5:01 am
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Edison
Show me an Audi diesel engine that gets at least 100hp/L... 163 PS (120 kW / 161 bhp) and 290 Nm of torque (214 lb-ft) from a 1.5 Liter sounds pretty impressive to me.
Feb 25, 2011 3:49 pm
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bboothy
Noooo the only way to make Diesel relevent worldwide is to sell cars that use it worldwide! BRING i8d to US markets or so help me i will buy a Golf TDI! WHERES MY COOPER DIESEL WHILE YOUR AT IT!?
Feb 24, 2011 8:29 pm
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Douglas6250
I agree with you. Oh please BMW, even if a petrol version is needed in a business point of view, please, keep the diesel version, and make the world, or at least just where diesel is relevant, a better place to live in !!
Feb 25, 2011 7:45 pm
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Douglas6250
I agree with you. Oh please BMW, even if a petrol version is needed in a business point of view, please, keep the diesel version, and make the world, or at least just where diesel is relevant, a better place to live in !!
Feb 25, 2011 7:45 pm
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