BMW i8 crashes on Autobahn

BMW i | January 20th, 2014 by 10
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A BMW i8 test prototype has been reported in a crash on the German Autobahn. According to investigators and witnesses, the BMW i8 prototype crashed …

A BMW i8 test prototype has been reported in a crash on the German Autobahn. According to investigators and witnesses, the BMW i8 prototype crashed into the central median barrier before being flung across the road and coming to a rest in the far right lane.

Behind the wheel was a 30-year old BMW test driver.

The crash happened on the A92 near Freising in Germany and the local Police Chief Commissioner Nicholas Bishop believes that speed was a contributing factor

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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 engineicon1 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).

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. The company says that the i8 production is sold out for 2014.

[Source: Merkur]

10 responses to “BMW i8 crashes on Autobahn”

  1. Edox says:

    What happened to the driver afterwards?

  2. Roland Renno says:

    Well yes accidents happen. It’s a shame it happened with a fancy sports car like the i8 and in front of everyone. Anyways, things happen no matter what.

  3. Mihai Crutan says:

    pick me as test driver i will never crash such a beauty !:D

  4. wild says:

    Ehhh, whatever that is a HYBRID, who likes a Hybrids?

  5. BMWlog.ru says:

    Русская версия текста есть тут: http://www.bmwlog.ru/all/avariya-s-uchastiem-bmw-i8-v-germanii/

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