Video: Richard Kim on the BMW i8 and i3 exterior design

BMW i | November 14th, 2011 by 10
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Richard Kim, the lead exterior designer for the BMW i3 and i8, discusses the technologies and freedom that helped his team develop these innovative new …

Richard Kim, the lead exterior designer for the BMW i3 and i8, discusses the technologies and freedom that helped his team develop these innovative new cars.

Last week, BMW of North America offered an exclusive preview of the two vehicles at an event in New York CIty. In front of journalists and selected guests, the company talked about the BMW i sub-brand and future plans for electric vehicles.

BMW i3 goes on sale, as a mainstream vehicle, in 2013, followed by the more exclusive i8 a year later. While not officially confirmed, we have hear that in the United States, the BMW i8 will be priced around $160,000.

Video: Richard Kim on the BMW i8 and i3 exterior design

The i3, previously known as Megacity Vehicle, is based around a light CFRP body structure and rides on a predominantly aluminum chassis. The i3 produces 168 horsepower and 184lb ft of torque, and it has a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 s. BMW i3 measures 3845mm in length, 2011mm in width and 1537mm in height. The plug-in system is a compact electric motor mounted over the rear axle. It draws energy from the battery to provide drive to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission.

At 349 horsepower and nearly 80 mpg fuel consumption, the BMW i8 will set a benchmark in the performance segment. BMW says the i8 runs a 0-62mph in just 4.6 sec – 0.3 sec faster than the M3 Coupe. Initially previewed by the Vision EfficientDynamics (Vision ED) concept back in 2009, the super-sporty two-door i8 has already undergone two years of intensive development. The major change is a new 1.5 liter petrol engine replacing the initial diesel unit of same capacity. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.

BMW i8 measures 4632mm in length, 1955mm in width and 1280mm in height, comparable to the 3 Series coupe in dimensions.

Here is Richard Kim talking about the design of the innovative vehicles.

[Video: Drivestv.com ]

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  • ChrisB

    The i8 design is based heavily on the original BMW Vision
    EfficientDynamics 2009 concept car. This was designed by Mario
    Majdandzic (exterior) and Jochen Paesen (interior). I don’t think it is
    justified to give full design credit to Richard Kim, no matter how
    talented he may be.

  • E3k

    i8 Concept. I believe when I see it running thru the production line. In other words, spring of 2095.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE! PLEASE! SELL IT IN ALL EUROPE RIGHT NOW! !  STOP PETROL! STOP DIESEL!

  • Anibal Paulo

    la BMW i8 est tout simplement belle tres futuriste il ne faut surtout pas chager les portes car ça lui donne toute sont importanceet toute sa beauté.

    j’espère avoir les moyents finacier sufisant pour me la offrire en 2013 car elle est vraiment MAGIQUE.

    ANIBAL.PAULO.

  • Panchovilla99

    El QR que aparece en el semanario del “El País” es erróneo ya que no conduce a ninguna web. El correcto es el que he creado yo.

  • Antonios_dnls

    very expensive for the most of the people.Nice look.

  • Akhi

    the body of the i8 looks incredible, and its almost unbelievable to think that it will be selling in 2 years

  • http://twitter.com/kevelyno196 KDB-HYB

    The futuristic design of BMW i3 and i8 deviates from essential problems: nobody looks on the critical data of Li-ion battery lifetime (cycle life) which has recently been  determined by major battery companies on request of US energy agency DOE: already 20% loss of capacity in 12 month. In 3 years the expensive battery needs to be replaced unless the driver accepts a continuously reduced driving range. The problems of to-morrow are put under the carpet.

    • pro-electric

      Strange, my Leaf, using Li-ion batteries, has been going for 17 months with no loss in range, and it as a 8 or 10 year battery warranty.

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