BMW i8 – Officially Revealed

By - September 10th, 2013

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Thanks to their preview a couple of years ago, we all knew that BMW‘s hybrid supercar, the i8, was on its way. And with the Frankfurt Motor Show now fully underway, we’ve got tons of pictures and angles to show you now that the production car has finally been uncovered. The i8 ushers in what BMW is calling their “new era of sustainable performance,” with plenty of the later coming from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged 231-hp engine that works with a 131-hp electric motor to produce a grand total of 363-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The i8 works with a two-stage automatic transmission with its very (very) impressive power-to-weight ratio (thanks to a host of lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber monocoque chassis) to hit 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Yea, it may not be truly supercar worthy, but with a 94 mpg rating and 22 miles of emissions free travel, not too many other cars on the road can claim such endurance and power together. Charging the i8 will take about four hours on a household outlet (1.5 on a quick charger), which is another impressive figure, but the $135,925 price tag? Well, the ball had to drop somewhere.

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2 comments
NiallOConnor
NiallOConnor

 I have ordered a new ECU for my 3lt automatic x5    2001 as a pin was broken in the old one ,Will I have to go to BMW ...again to get it to work ?. It cost 170 euro to find out it was the ecu and a price of around 1300 euro to do the job of replacing it and programming it ,...needless to say I towed it home  and examined the ecu to find that it had a broken pin .Cant see how I could solder in new pin . I ordered  a second hand one on e-bay ,70 euro ....same code etc on unit .

Back to origional question ,....do I have to go back to the BMW garage to get the new one to work ...any ideas ?