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BMW i8 spied during winter testing

Spy Photos | December 13th, 2012 by 6
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With a year to go until its official debut, the BMW i8 continues its testing trials and heads north in Europe for some cold weather …

With a year to go until its official debut, the BMW i8 continues its testing trials and heads north in Europe for some cold weather testing. Spied here with a heavy camouflage, the i8 test mule gives us a look at its sleek body with a low ride profile and the Lambo-style doors that were seen on the concept model as well.

The i8 combines the advantages of two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The electric motor is not a secondary power source, but rather an equal partner of the internal 1.5 liter three cylinder combustion engine. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.

The car’s minimized weight, low center of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 354 horsepower.

BMW i8 spied during winter testing

A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time comes under five seconds, with a combined fuel consumption in the European test cycle of less than 3 liters/100 km (78 MPG) and average real fuel consumption of between five and seven liters (33 – 47 MPG).

The BMW i8 is expected to debut in early 2014 and the price speculations fall around the $160,000 mark.

[Photo: Germancarforum]

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  • stefan

    ecology sucks…

  • gerry

    ecology sells! this is the ultimate creative cultures car …………..

  • empower

    no car would beat this on the bull run. you would spend only a 1/4 of the time at the fuel pump

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  • Nizer

    Zero interest in the current and pending crop of hybrid vehicles. All they do is add unnecessary weight and complexity. I’ll take an efficient diesel over any of them. Maybe when the get try hydrogen vehicles I’ll take a look but for now hybrids are a big pass in my book.

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