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BMW i8 sold out for 2014

BMW i | November 25th, 2013 by 16
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Update: For Car and Driver, BMW says that i8 is “Sold Out” based on projections, not orders.  At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, …

Update: For Car and Driver, BMW says that i8 is “Sold Out” based on projections, not orders. 

At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW, said the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car due to be introduced in mid-2014 has sold out for its first year of availability. Robertson did not say how many the company will sell in that first year.

In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700.

BMW’s first hybrid sportscar will be introduced in early 2014.

BMW i8 sold out for 2014

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

We have recently test drove the BMW i8 and you can read our first driving impressions.

[Source: Reuters]

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  • Carac

    From my unscientific research (calling six dealerships the week after the reveal in Frankfurt for a spot on a list), I found that four of the six I called weren’t getting any and the two that said they were getting one only said they were getting one. I’m first on the list at one and the other wanted a $5k non-refundable deposit to be third on the list for a car they’re only getting one of. So, given that there are 350 or so BMW dealerships in the US and even the largest dealers appear to only be getting one, I’m going to go out on a limb and say less than 250 for the first year. I had previously heard supply of the i8 would be extremely limited but I have been caught off-guard how difficult it was to find a spot and how hard it continues to be to get any concrete info on what’s standard/optional. I don’t know if it’s the same interview, but it was also implied there would be very few options for the i8, basically expect almost everything to be standard. I’d like to see BMWUSA just make HUD, premium sound, surround cameras, etc standard. He said something to the effect of “customers will basically pick a color, interior, wheels, and very little else.” Which is what I like to hear. The only options I’ve heard mentioned so far is laser headlights (which are currently illegal in the US and probably won’t be offered) and Carbon-fiber rims.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Thanks for the details. I honestly think that globally BMW won’t produce more than 1,500-2000 units in 2014, especially since production doesn’t really begin on January 1. But I’m sure that in the next production cycle more units will be produced which will probably be sold out again.

  • sammyt

    its unfair to pay USD140K and get 125km/h reminds me of the Datsun 120Y. My suggestion is to those who can afford, buy the i8 and buy a 4.4 Turbocharged V8 plus transmission. Find some crazy tuner e.g
    G- Power, give them M5 brakes, fat wheels for the back e.g 325/30/21 rear and 245/35/20 for the front. And HUREEY we have a super car that will thrill all BMW fans who have waited and waited and waited

    • jason bourne

      Lame suggestion.

      • sammyt

        I call it a different suggestion to cater for some of us who are made of steel. Softees made of cotton are happy with status quo i.e. silent electric motor that does 40km/day, —all due respect. Some of us need competition in our lives and would like a bmw weapon to tackle the likes of R8 etc.

    • guynoir

      125km/h is on all electric power. With both the electric motor and the petrol engine running it is electronically limited 250km/h.

      • sammyt

        that sounds better

  • jae

    no more speeding ticket in California YAY :)

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  • sammyt

    and how do you put your hand or a mechanical unit to clean out ‘the wind tunnel’ above the rear wheel arches. If you need maintenance e.g. painting inside those rear wings its not really practical especially with the double tone paint work. I love this car and maybe for the face lift, BMW could tone down the rear side styling.

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