BMW i8 demand sees 50% premium

BMW i | September 13th, 2014 by 4
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Huge demand for the new BMW i8 has seen one Magnitude Finance client sell the hybrid supercar to another for almost a 50% premium. BMW …

Huge demand for the new BMW i8 has seen one Magnitude Finance client sell the hybrid supercar to another for almost a 50% premium. BMW i8 is without a doubt one of the hottest car on the market now, partially because of its fairly limited production now and also because of its looks and status. While in the U.S. some dealerships are asking for $100,000 markup over the base of $135,700.

The Magnitude Finance client’s i8 was one of the first cars delivered at the end of July.

Costing £95,000, it was sold at the beginning of September with just a few hundred miles on the clock for £140,000.

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Director of Magnitude Finance, Tim Marlow, said: “A long-standing client contacted us and said he was desperate to get into one and asked if we’d heard of anyone willing to sell as the dealers had sold out.

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Their client was already in line to take ownership of the new Ferrari FF, but immediately jumped on the opportunity to own the revolutionary hybrid sportscar.

“The buyer says he is investing in a modern day classic while the seller has made a profit of £45,000 in just over a month,” said Marlow.

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).

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.

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.


4 responses to “BMW i8 demand sees 50% premium”

  1. Jack says:

    What is the anticipated production numbers? The Z8 sold 5,703 cars in total. Is the i8 being produced at much higher volume?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      It will be. I think we’re looking at a few thousands just in 2014-2015 alone.

    • Carac says:

      We’ll see. There have been some issues with production that will likely hurt the early production numbers. I know of guys with cars that have been sitting at the factory in “Production complete/Quality Check” hell for upwards of 5 weeks and of the maybe 200-300 produced since July, way less than 50 have made it to the US (AFAIK, not a single non-celebrity/pebble beach car has been delivered). They recently abandoned plans for a nationwide organized launch due to production issues. Officially, all holds were released Sept 8th. Mine should be at the VDC within a couple days and with any luck, at my dealership within a week. I can’t wait. We’ll see, but I get the impression there will be less than five-hundred 2014 models before year’s end.

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