New Video: BMW i8

BMW i | May 27th, 2011 by 12
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BMW releases a new video of the 2014 BMW i8. The new video feature was partly filmed in Abu Dhabi where the first spy photos …

BMW releases a new video of the 2014 BMW i8. The new video feature was partly filmed in Abu Dhabi where the first spy photos of the i8 emerged in late 2010.

Back in November, we were one of the very few and fortunate people to receive some co-driving time in a similar production vehicle, but the car was sporting the usual psychedelic camouflage. The car spotted at Abu Dhabi seem to feature a matte gray paint with a blue shade on the sides.

Developed under the Project i umbrella, Vision EfficientDynamics will make its debut as a production car at the end of 2013, with deliveries beginning in early 2014. The EfficientDynamics Concept features a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque all on its own.

bmw i8According to Dr. Philip Koehn, Head of Vision EfficientDynamics project, his engineers were looking for the smallest engine produced by BMW and fortunately, an experimental unit was found on the premises. The diesel engined is aided by two electric engines.

First one, in a rear-end placement, produces a constant 33 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. The second electric motor sits at the front of the car for a perfect weight distribution. The electric unit outputs 80 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. A temporary boost feature meant that for 30 seconds it could produce 112 horsepower or as much as 139 horsepower for just 10 seconds. The 1,450 kg sports car runs from 0-62 mph in only 4.8 seconds, performance that brings it at the same level as the current M3.

The car will charge from a conventional power socket in just 2.5 hours, and BMW indicated its fuel efficiency will approach 90 miles per gallon The car will have an electric-only driving range of about 31 miles, while diesel power extends the total range of the vehicle to up to 435 miles.

BMW i8 launches in 2014.

12 responses to “New Video: BMW i8”

  1. Alen Residovic says:

    Not bad, but nothing special. Bmw had better ads, and more creative ones. I also dislike the gay blue light glowing behind the front kidney grills…

  2. Tom Cardone says:


  3. Nnnn says:

    It does look cool.   However, there is nothing in the video that would give you any sense of other qualities, including track performance.

  4. LOL says:

    All this car needs is a row of red LEDs on the hood that go left-to-right and back.  

    I wonder if the janitor’s name is Michael.

  5. NotMyCar says:

    I think this message here is “If you’re a janitor, dream on.”

  6. Torsnow says:

    Too bad it’s ugly.



  8. I really like the description, this make fits me really well, I am considering getting such a car for myself, seems to be the best of all the possible alternatives. 

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