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
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).
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]