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Video documenting CAR’s great road trip across America in a BMW i8, Lamborghini Huracan, Mustang GT and Dodge SRT Hellcat.

BMW i8 vs M1 track battle review

02/17/2015 at 2:40 PM
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To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp and … CONTINUED

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The World Car of the Year awards’ initial finalists for each of five categories have been announced and several BMW models are up for multiple categories.

The judging is performed by 75 automotive journalists and each candidate (car) for the award must be new and available for sale on at least two continents during the time period between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

Three finalists for each category will be named at the Geneva show next month and the winners will then be revealed … CONTINUED

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Top Gear (Jeremy Clarkson) reviews both the BMW i8 and F80 M3, independently and compared to the other.

Which does he prefer at the end of the day? See inside!

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Is the BMW i8 exotic enough to pull off neon green? BMW Abu Dhabi thought so in wrapping this i8 in a color usually reserved for Lamborghinis and the like.

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BMW held a i8 Pure Impulse launch event at the Leipzig plant and JWDnl was in attendance. Here’s his report on the trip and event.

More Frozen Yellow BMW i8

02/05/2015 at 3:10 PM
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More photos of the Frozen Yellow i8 owned by BIMMERPOST member JWDnl.

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The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011, the 5 Series was voted best business car by the readers. In addition, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” honouring particularly innovative technological developments again went to BMW. This year the prize was bestowed on the BMW i8, following the success of the BMW i3 … CONTINUED

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Today, BMW officially premiered the new, 60-second spot for the all-electric BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with “Newfangled Idea,” featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. The spot juxtaposes the famous 1994 Today Show clip of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s initial confusion surrounding “what is the internet?”, to Katie and Bryant in 2015 grasping the newfangled … CONTINUED

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At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative will help meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers, including direct current (DC) Fast charging locations, and support the adoption of … CONTINUED

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For reasons unknown, BMW has advertised the US i3 as having 1.9 gallon fuel tanks instead of 2.4 gallons as they have in Europe.

Seems that this is in reality not the case. i3 in both markets actually have the same fuel tank capacity, but BMW has programmed the US i3 to run out of fuel at 1.9 gallons when in fact it has 2.4 gallon capacity and there is still fuel remaining in the tank when the gauge shows

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Today, BMW announced plans to feature the all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with a commercial during the first quarter.

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Here is another interview with new BMW M head, Fraciscus van Meel, by CAR, which provides us some more insight into the new M CEO’s philosophies and outlook on the M brand.

On whether there is a possibility of a BMW i8 M model:

‘I can see a marrying of BMW’s M and i brands, but I can’t see an i8M just now. There is a very close collaboration between M and i – we have an open-book policy, and each brand can look into the … CONTINUED

BMW i8 sells for nearly $250k

01/13/2015 at 10:00 AM
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We knew the i8 was in high demand (relative to supply) and certain dealers were listing them for a premium price above MSRP, but this one takes the cake. Irvine BMW recently managed to sell an i8 for a $100,000 “market adjustment.”

This is one buyer who would not be stopped by supply and demand rules (and pricing) in obtaining an i8!

BMW has said that there is an 18 month waiting list for the i8 in some markets and the company is considering upping … CONTINUED

BMW M4 vs i8 on the track by Autocar

01/07/2015 at 8:16 AM
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You’ve seen the launch comparison, now watch as Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar takes the M4 versus the i8 around the track.

The BMW i ChargeForward Program

01/06/2015 at 4:00 PM
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Intelligent, proactive charging to reduce overall running costs of electric vehicles.

The BMW Group is a leading innovator in the field of electric mobility and battery charging technology. Jointly with Californian energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric Utility Service (PG&E), BMW i will launch an 18-month pilot project under the name BMW i ChargeForward, starting in July 2015. The project will research and develop a system for smart charging of electric vehicles. Starting in January 2015, BMW i3 owners from the Greater San Francisco area … CONTINUED

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Powered by high-voltage EV batteries, the first premium all-electric vehicle – the BMW i3 – and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car can be driven with zero tailpipe emissions. As a fast and simple solution for battery charging via a hardwired connection, BMW i offers the Wallbox. At CES, BMW will present an alternative solution: in a BMW i8 it will demonstrate a research application for inductive – i.e. wireless – battery charging.

Contact-free power transfer between coils.
Inductive charging provides reliable, wear-free and … CONTINUED