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).

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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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