BMW Dishes on Design, Performance of i8 Hybrid Supercar
Yes, you may have seen the 2015 BMW i8 a hundred times before--perhaps most recently at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show--and passingly admired its beauty. You likely also know it is both a plug-in hybrid and a performance car. But you may not know the design and engineering choices BMW made to give the i8 car its fierce look and thrilling performance. In two separate videos, BMW gives viewers an up-and-close look at the 2015 i8. The first vid focuses purely on design, from the kidney shape grilles to the low-hanging scissor doors to the angled lines. BMW also provides a glimpse into the driver-oriented cockpit that uses sustainable materials. The second video gets into the nitty-gritty on how the car achieves the performance expected of a supercar. Equipped with a unique powertrain, the i8 maximizes both power and efficiency. A small three-cylinder engine is mounted in the rear while an electric motor takes the front, providing a combination of 362 horsepower. The car's low center of gravity, equal weight distribution in front and back, and use of aluminum and carbon fiber materials helps improve drive feel. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in just 4.4 seconds, according to BMW's own estimates. Check out each video for more information on the design and performance of the BMW i8. Hopefully this will tide viewers for a few months into 2014, when the i8 goes is expected to arrive at a price of $135,700, before what is assumed at this point to be a $925 additional charge for destination and handling. Source: BMW
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