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2014 BMW i8 first official photos emerge

 2014 BMW i8 first official photos emerge
2014 BMW i8 production version leaked photo 03.09.2013 / autowp.ru

Debuts next Tuesday

These are the first two official photos of the production-ready 2014 BMW i8 which will be publicly unveiled on September 10 at IAA in Frankfurt.

It was only yesterday when BMW released a teaser clip with the plug-in hybrid i8 and now the cat is pretty much out of the bag as the first two official pics depicting the car have surfaced the web. Showing several similarities with the concept unveiled two years ago, the production model loses the see-through doors and gets more down-to-earth alloy wheels.

Open the scissor doors and you will notice right away the interior doesn't stray away too much from current BMWs but there are digital instrument clusters and a blue circle around the logo on the steering wheel.

BMW has already announced the i8 will come with a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine delivering 231 HP (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque transferred to the rear axle. An electric motor outputting 131 HP (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) will drive the front wheels and enable the i8 to have a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm).

Tipping the scales at less than 1,490 kg (3,285 lbs), the 2014 BMW i8 production version will need about 4.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) and will reach an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It will have an average fuel consumption of 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions standing at 59 g/km. On electric power it can reach a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and should have enough juice for a range of 22 miles (35 km).

Source: autowp.ru

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ScottCampbell
Electrification is the new Nirvana. Europe has even higher CO2 and mileage requirements than the USA. BMW has always been the leader in tech and everyone else will follow. With the i series and now Tesla EV's will continue especially as the electric infrastructure is already in place, just add a plug. The car looks great and the price will come done in the less exclusive cars so the masses will benefit from the initial wealthy purchases. I have owned many exotics in the past but I am really enjoying this new direction of tech with less impact on the environment especially as the population will be doubling again soon.
Sep 4, 2013 3:36 pm
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loco667
They still don't get it. Electric cars should look the same as internal combustion cars. Instead they make some SCI-FI design. Who wants to be seen in that? Tesla must be very happy with this premiere.
Sep 4, 2013 8:12 am
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docstef75
wow, i was afraid the production version would have lost the concept design...but no! This car is stunning and amazing.
Sep 4, 2013 8:05 am
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NYyanks
Interesting how it stays very much true to it's concept
Sep 4, 2013 1:05 am
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liquid stereo
Looks like a joke. After reading the review of the BMW i3 I'm convinced BMW just wasted 2B euros...
Sep 3, 2013 12:08 pm
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CDspeed
There has only been one review that didn't like the i3, did you try reading any of the other reviews? Or where you trying so hard to not like the car that you were happy with just the one?
Sep 3, 2013 2:46 pm
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liquid stereo
I actually want to buy the i3. I really do. I spent last week in a Tesla Model S and was absolutely blown away. I was/am hoping the i3 is the smaller version of that car. However, it doesn't appear to be so. Can you point me towards the positive reviews? The C&D review is quite damning.
Sep 3, 2013 5:29 pm
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liquid stereo
The Autoblog review is pretty poor too.
Sep 3, 2013 5:33 pm
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liquid stereo
Slate.com - not good.
Sep 3, 2013 6:43 pm
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liquid stereo
MIT Technology Review - http://insideevs.com/mit-technology-review-explains-why-the-bmw-i3-is-not-a-purpose-built-dedicated-electric-vehicle/
Sep 3, 2013 6:47 pm
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liquid stereo
Motortrend - http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/1307_2014_bmw_i3_first_drive/
Sep 3, 2013 6:49 pm
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CDspeed
MIT tried to point out the void next to the engine as wasted space. But in the pure electric version there will be an optional heat pump for the heating and air conditioning system that can help extend the range by up to 30%. The pump will be fitted in the space next to the electric motor in i3s not fitted with the ReX generator.
Sep 3, 2013 10:01 pm
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CDspeed
http://bmwi3.blogspot.com/
Sep 3, 2013 10:11 pm
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liquid stereo
Any additional review would be appreciated. I don't see a review/drive of the i3 on the page you linked. Cheers!
Sep 3, 2013 10:41 pm
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CDspeed
The link I gave is a good source of info on the i3, there aren't really going to be any real drive reviews being that the car has not yet been released. Though on the link there is an article about a BMW CCA members first impression of the car. The i3 still hasn't been finalized so you'll have to wait for a real drive report.
Sep 4, 2013 8:34 am
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liquid stereo
The drives are coming in. Check the motor trend link above as well as this one - http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews/road-tests/performance-tests-road-tests-bmw-i3-65-3-roa1013
Sep 4, 2013 9:31 am
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Han Solo
I agree with you...the exterior is too busy looking...
Sep 4, 2013 5:01 am
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CDspeed
@ liquid stereo, Road and Track drove a preproduction car first of all, the best information on that link is the first comment by Tom Moloughney. He is the writer of the link I gave, he has also participated in both the Mini-E and BMW 1-Series ActiveE test fleets and has more experiance with electric cars built by BMW then any journalist. Read the first comment, http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews/road-tests/performance-tests-road-tests-bmw-i3-65-3-roa1013
Sep 4, 2013 10:20 am
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liquid stereo
That comment is all hyperbole. Pre-production vs production is a serious/valid concern/comment. However this preproduction vehicle drives like crap. Again, I ask you to check the autoblog, MotorTrend reviews with attention to the driving dynamics comments. More will be known when the production vehicle is tested.
Sep 4, 2013 11:55 am
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CDspeed
It's not hyperbole, anyway the only review that matters is your own, if you drive it and like it who cares what anyone says. The biggest problem is a lot of people are trying their best to hate the i3, so reviews aren't always credible. I have read the Motor Trend article but I really don't care what they said, I'm not going to base my opinion on what I've read, I'm going to wait and drive it myself before I render a verdict.
Sep 4, 2013 2:50 pm
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sm106
Looks nice i think, very concept like. If you guys don´t see the point of this hybrid sports car, move on! Stop complaining! that is not one more car like the others... If you want a 6 cyl look in the rest of the bmw range...
Sep 3, 2013 11:07 am
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bavorak
Still can't believe it would actually look this awesome and surprisingly close to the first concept. Good work BMW - looking forward to see it :)
Sep 3, 2013 7:29 am
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CDspeed
It looks incredible, I'm glad they kept the McLaren style doors.
Sep 3, 2013 6:36 am
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hajime1990
anything would look nice compared with the rubbish from bangle ages
Sep 3, 2013 6:32 am
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MadAboutCars
price?
Sep 3, 2013 6:05 am
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Han Solo
This is just not right...Why: 1. The Design sucks... where's the BMW DNA...the Rear End Sucks...the car has lost it's Soul 2. A true BMW is supposed to have a proper Front Longitudinal Engine RWD Layout...even if it is just a 3 Cylinder Hybrid or a Range Extender...make it Longitudinal...Symmetry is Synonymous with BMW...without it...there is NO BMW... 3. A Transverse Layout Engine on a BMW is like a Corvette with an In-Line 4 Potter instead of a V8, it's like a Jedi with a Laser Gun instead of a Light Saber... it's just NOT RIGHT...NO...Wake Up BMW...
Sep 3, 2013 5:41 am
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sm106
What DNA is lost? what soul are u talking about? You should be a bit more precise... From those two pics you can tell its a bmw even if it didn't have any badge...
Sep 3, 2013 11:10 am
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Han Solo
I shall be specific as requested, but please be advised that this is just my personal opinion: 1.The Symmetry – All BMWs should have either a Front or Mid LONGITUDINAL Engine Layout only (RWD or AWD), EVEN IF it is JUST a 3 – CYLINDER HYBRID or a RANGE EXTENDER with In-Wheel Motors...Longitudinal is the only way to go...I believe that NO BMW should EVER carry a TRANSVERSE Engine Layout, be it RWD or AWD. NO, this is just NOT Right. 2.The Look – All BMWs should carry a long, silky smooth and elegant Design with a really Long Bonnet.... 3. The Rear is just Darn ugly... 4. The Body Type – A proper BMW Sports Car or even an All-Electric GT should be either a Sedan or a Coupe...This one looks like a Liftback...which is OK if it was a Prius...No Offense... :) ... I'm a big Fan of Hybrids and Electric Cars, but that doesn't mean that a BMW Hybrid should loose it's Identity.
Sep 3, 2013 8:23 pm
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sm106
Well in terms of design it may not have a long bonnet but the rear section is definitely coupe style. Regarding engine its a matter of drive train config. as a FR setup has usually a longitudinal engine, its how it works best. With such a small engine at the back/center position right on top of the axle transversely, I think will work really good. Also bmw has recently made a hatch sports car like the M135i and I dont think is misplaced in the range, although I would consider the i8 more like a coupe then a liftback, but only seeing one personally i can really tell... And we have been seeing new concepts every day like the "4 door coupe", GT, etc...
Sep 4, 2013 5:42 pm
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hitar_potar
Why put a heavy 6-cyl engine inside it, when there are such great opportunities for a twin-turbo 4-cyl one? And keep the hybrid tech while boosting the total output signifficantly. :)
Sep 3, 2013 5:32 am
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tomi.ro
They say it uses a 3 cylinder TT engine...not a 6cyl nor a 4cyl
Sep 3, 2013 5:53 am
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hitar_potar
I meant for all the comments here - "put a 6-cyl, remove the hybrid tech, etc." I say they should make a Mi8 (catchy name :D ), wit a 4-cyl TT endine, juiced-up hybrid tech, and extensive use of carbon, and they could make it a propyr supercar while keeping it relatively green! :)
Sep 3, 2013 6:14 am
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swifthead
without electric motor and all the electricity and batteries the car would weight less, they could throw in a turbo inline 6 with hi-power and they have an effective sports car, who care how low fuel consumption is here, the car would cost a north of 100K € and they want to save on fuel.....:P
Sep 3, 2013 5:00 am
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rednox
bmw must grow some balls, i8 + v8 = supercar!
Sep 3, 2013 4:53 am
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pzxpjy
IMO the i3 is too radical on styling, but the i8 looks more conventional and classical, from both inside and outside. I prefer the i8 styling anyway.
Sep 3, 2013 4:27 am
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liquid stereo
Styling or not, the i3 is a piece of crap. Check the reviews.
Sep 3, 2013 12:09 pm
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swifthead
if they could do without 3-cylinder and put an proper inline-6, ohhhh, this 3-cylinder is blasphemy!
Sep 3, 2013 4:24 am
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Aesthetics
interior reminiscent of zaha hadid's architecture design
Sep 3, 2013 4:13 am
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desf
It just begs to throw this 3 cylinder hybrid nonsense away and be done with proper I6 or V8 engine.
Sep 3, 2013 2:48 am
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alihijazi
well Yes I agree with you; the car is non sense if it didn't ROAR!
Sep 3, 2013 4:22 am
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alihijazi
Why not fit it with conventional internal combustion engine! electric motors suck combustion engines rock
Sep 3, 2013 2:46 am
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liquid stereo
Tell that to Tesla. The Model S kills all competitors. (Except for range of course.)
Sep 3, 2013 12:10 pm
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DBaskov
In terms of a drag race?
Sep 3, 2013 12:56 pm
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alihijazi
Come on electric cars need around 7 hours to be recharged while combustion engines you can fill them in 2 minutes
Sep 4, 2013 2:48 am
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