What Car? readers preview the 2014 BMW i8

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UK magazine what Car? gets their hands on a production-ready BMW i8 and gives readers a chance to explore the plug-in hybrid from upclose. BMW …

UK magazine what Car? gets their hands on a production-ready BMW i8 and gives readers a chance to explore the plug-in hybrid from upclose.

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).

What Car? readers preview the 2014 BMW i8

The design of the i8 is based on the layering principle which applies inside the car as well where the designers managed to create a synergy between functionality and clear form.

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.

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