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BMW i8 Protonic Blue – New Photos

BMW i | March 22nd, 2014 by 1
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Every other day now the BMW i8 seem to be spotted in different places around the world. The latest photos come from Germany where a …

Every other day now the BMW i8 seem to be spotted in different places around the world. The latest photos come from Germany where a BMW i8 prototype painted in the Protonic Blue color was seen again.

BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which have been created exclusively for BMW i. All the paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt: Ionic Silver, Protonic Blue, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey.

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.

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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).

BMW i8 weighs 1490 kg curb weight and sits at 46 centimeters above the asphalt – lower than any other production cars of the BMW Group. Just like other sport cars from Munich, the weight is distributed equally between the front and rear axle.

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The first plug-in hybrid sportscar will debut in the United States in July of this year and is also the second model of the new BMW i sub-brand. As with the i3, the core of the car is the LifeDrive architecture with carbon passenger cell which gives the i8 a particularly low weight.

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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.

[Source: Autogespot]

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