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Spy Photos: BMW i8 spotted during winter testing

Spy Photos | March 8th, 2011 by 14
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A BMW i8 Vision EfficientDynamics was spotted during winter testing in Sweden. The plugin-hybrid sportscar will launch in 2014 and it’s currently undergoing extensive testing. …

A BMW i8 Vision EfficientDynamics was spotted during winter testing in Sweden. The plugin-hybrid sportscar will launch in 2014 and it’s currently undergoing extensive testing.

When it was first unveiled to the world at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW introduced the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept with a 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine rear/mid-mounted. The diesel engine was said to be aided by a second electric motor residing between the turbodiesel engine and the 6-Speed DCT gearbox. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine outputs 163 horsepower and 214 lb-ft. of torque. The rear-mounted electric motor produces 33 horsepower continuously(51 hp peak) and maximum torque of 214 lb-ft. The synchronous electric motor placed at the front axle constantly outputs 80 horsepower. Extra power of 112 hp is available for 30 seconds and for 10 seconds, 139 horsepower. Total torque: 162 lb-ft.

Spy Photos: BMW i8 spotted during winter testing

In a recent interview, Dr. Klaus Draeger, Head of R&D, said a gasoline engine will be used instead in conjunction with the electric motors, most likely one of the new four-cylinder turbo engines or a brand-new three-cylinder co-developed with BMW Motorrad.

The car spotted in Sweden is most likely the same prototype we had a chance to ride in last year when BMW offered an exclusive preview at the Leipzig plant. At the time, BMW engineers said the car was running at 60 percent of its full power potential.

BMW i8 will be built under the umbrella of Project i and assembled at the Leipzig plant in Germany. Speaking at the official launch of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe in London last year, Ian Robertson indicated that the price for BMW i8 would be “less than £150,000 ($240,000),” which suggests a U.S. price of around $200,000. This puts the BMW VED in a segment with the upcoming 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell.

[Source: Gmotors ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688446429 Giom Mouton

    Do we know yet how much of this prototype will remain in the looks depratment? My thinking is that, most of it will. Ohterwise, what’s the use of light weight if they put solid doors on the sides? This is going to be such a radical, new kind of car… I can’t wait!

  • Laszlo

    Wow, the more they push this ugly duckling forward the more I’m surprised.
    200k price tag for this ? Porsche 918 is light-years better in terms of performance, range. The looks ? Not even in a same books. This i8 or whatever the name of it currently – it had lots of names already from a stupid “don’t-blog-about-this” to a VisionConcept – is a good concept. But nothing else. Get the designers out and create a body that will amaze people. This car does nothing but covers up a technological showcase. Gullwing doors are nice, but this one was actually useless as we all saw on the video’s. The rear end looks weird, the wheels fugly, the chevy camaro style front headlamps are chepish, etc.
    It looks to me that this car is a brainfart of chrisbungle’s work. He must have had a hand in it, as it looks both hideous and grotesk. He was the only person at BMW who created designs like this – think Gina.

    anyway I love BMW’s but this is not the future – at least I hope.

    [img src="http://www.uncrate.com/men/cars/concept/porsche-918-spyder/"]

    • wazon8

      The fact that you take all of this concept as if it was in final form (you even confused camouflage with paint) is the weirdest thing here.

      BTW, 918 is not a way better as you try to argue. It has V8 engine combained with electric motor, so it’s not surprising that it’s better performer. But saying about it that it has better range is simply ridiculous. Just read how they calculate fuel consumption and what it states for. You didn’t even bother to check what results they gave you. But it’s better to complain than to do some research. They calculate predicted minimal fuel consumption, which hasn’t been confirmed by real world tests yet. And minimal consumption is not average one. Who will drive 918 as gentle as possible to get this result?! Nobody. Right? Anyway, it’s naive to believe that you can drive V8 normally and reach 78mpg. Didn’t you find it a bit shocking? I did and that’s why I did research to figure out what they were talking about.

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  • aslam

    2014 this technology will be old by then. BMW was the first car maker to decide to build this type of car but will be the last to go into production.

    • wazon8

      So, what will be 2014 technology? More hybrids with this performance and consumption? I haven’t heard about any. Only Audi E-tron or SLS E-Cell, which are electric cars, not hybrids that you can drive all day long for hundreds of miles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688446429 Giom Mouton

      I would imagine that it makes perfect sence. Perfection is never rushed.

  • Alex

    looks good but those wing mirrors look very out of place, kind of ruins the look of the car a bit :/

    • Nnnn

      No. They’re dope.

  • John Hietter

    So do the windows not open?

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  • Nnnn

    You’d think there would be plenty of wheel spin in these conditions to observe how they’re using AWD in this car.

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