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Thursday, September 15, 2011
2014 BMW i8 Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
BMW has taken a radical departure from its traditional brand of teutonic sedans with its "i" range.
The i3 is a carbon-bodied electric city car and the i8 a plug-in hybrid sports coupe, and both display wild styling and high-tech features. We were at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show to get a closer look.
BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe
The i8 is probably the most exciting of the duo. It's a rakish sports coupe with flowing lines and cool blue highlights, with large glass doors making it impossible to miss. It's clearly a BMW too, helped by the traditional kidney grille - probably the only traditional element of the car.
The four sculpted seats make the interior just as distinctive, and the performance won't disappoint either. Power comes from a three-cylinder gasoline engine that serves the rear axle, and an electricmotor sends power to the front wheels to increase traction. The engine and motor can be used independently or together depending on requirements.
BMW claims a 0-62 mph run of only 5.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155 mph, in common with most other high-performance BMWs. Weight comes in at 3,260 pounds.
All quite exciting, we're sure you'll agree. Really though, we should let the pictures do the talking...
Found At: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1066169_2014-bmw-i8-live-photos-2011-frankfurt-auto-show
BMW i3 and i8 make Frankfurt debut
BMW presented a pair of wild-looking electric cars – the i3 urban runabout and the i8 sports coupe, as well as its new 1-Series five-door that would undoubtedly be a smash hit in Canada if priced right to compete in the growing luxury compact class.
BMW’s second generation 1 Series will be a 2012 model in Europe and continue to be the only rear-wheel-drive model in the class. A Sport line and Urban line will appeal to younger buyers looking for BMW’s premium materials and feel, but the five-door design makes it plenty functional for any age buyer.
All engines in the 1 Series are now turbocharged with BMW’s TwinPower turbo – a single dual vane turbo system that reduces lag. A slate of engine choices that would make fuel-conscious Canadians drool include two diesels, one with 184 horsepower in the 120d, and the other with 143 horsepower in the 118d. Two gasoline versions are available, a 170 hp four cylinder in the 118i, and 136 hp in the 116i. For this country, the 120d and 118i seem a natural fit. Call your BMW dealer and demand these cars.
More interesting, if a little far away yet, are BMW’s eDrive concepts, the i8 and i3.
The i8 uses an electric drivetrain and three-cylinder TwinPower turbo gasoline engine to pull zero to 100 km/h times under five seconds, yet uses no more than 3.0L/100km. Thank the i8’s mostly carbon fibre and aluminum shell and aerodynamics for that, but also the sheer torque from the front-mounted electric motor, which drives front wheels. The gas engine drives the rear wheels for a perfect 50/50 weigh distribution, but also allowing all-wheel drive when both engines are working.
The i3, meanwhile, is meant for urban commutes, using a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that spans the undercarriage, supplying up to 170 horsepower to an electric motor mounted over the rear axle to allow for rear-wheel drive. The range is 160 kms, BMW says, yet it can reach 150 km/h and handle zero to 100 km/h in under eight seconds.
Either way, both of these cars appear as revolutionary as they are visionary. Let’s hope they’re built soon.
Read more: http://www.driving.ca/make+Frankfurt+debut/5396019/story.html#ixzz1Y3P63vlV
BMW i8 Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
We still have a little over two years to wait until the BMW i8 makes its production debut, and from the looks of the i8 Concept, it's going to be an anxious wait.
Building on the core design of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt , the BMW i8 Concept is a very futuristic take on the idea of a plug-in hybrid sports car. The clear glass doors, laser headlights, and sculpted, flowing body work mark the i8 out as something truly unique.
Whether all of these rather extreme details will survive to production is another issue entirely. One of the aspects of the concept that seems much more believable is the powertrain: a three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear axle, an driving the front wheels, and a computerized system that lets them work independently or together as needed.
Performance for the i8 Concept is claimed at 5.9 seconds too 62 mph and a limited top speed of 155 mph--very solid figures for a hybrid of any sort--especially one capable of 78 mpg.
Found At: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1066173_bmw-i8-concept-live-photos-2011-frankfurt-auto-show
BMW i: Future mobility engineered today
Found At: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-09/14/content_13680604.htm