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BMW i8 wins the World Green Car Award

04/02/2015 at 11:30 AM
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For the second time in succession BMW i clinched victory at the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car. Following the success of the purely electrically driven BMW i3 the previous year, the BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious award at the New York International Auto Show. The sports car’s combination of groundbreaking plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction together with its avant-garde design was honoured by the international jury at the World Car Awards. The BMW i8 was also … CONTINUED

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BMW has doubled i8 production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, to 20 cars a day, the report quoted Kruger as saying.

BMW is currently weighing which type of model it will add to the “i” subbrand, r&d chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe earlier this month, disputing reports that said the third model after the i3 and i8 would be a variant of the X5 premium large SUV.

Last year, global sales of the i3 and the i8 were a combined 17,800 units. … CONTINUED

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BMW i8 wrapped in Giovanna Edition Matte Metallic Grigio vinyl wrap to really show off its lines.

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The Porsche 911 4 GTS takes on the BMW i8 on track in this EVO Deadly Rivals comparison. A classic vs a technical powerhouse, can the BMW deliver or does the Porsche take the win?

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A report from Automotive News indicates that the next BMW i model won’t be introduced until after 2020.

Exactly what model that will turn out to be is still being decided. “We are still in the strategic research phase where we brainstorm,” BMW Group R&D chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News. “Teams that start with a white sheet of paper. They talk with customers, hold workshops, then present their ideas and we decide.”

Whatever it turns out to be, it won’t be a re-packaged existing model. … CONTINUED

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The BMW i8 joins the Dubai Police’s jaw-dropping assortment of exotic and supercars, which already include a Veyron, Aventador, Ferraris, McLaren and more.

Here’s the i8 in its Dubai Police livery.

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Earlier yesterday, Apple has reintroduced to the public the Apple Watch. Going on sale on April 24. During the event, Apple placed an emphasis on the apps for the Apple Watch which aim to both improve our life quality and drive sales to the company. BMW was also briefly featured during the event with the BMW i Remote App. The popular app for the new BMW i3 and i8 is available today on the iPhone, but it will soon transition to the Apple … CONTINUED

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Great documentary on how the BMW i8 is made.

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The World Car of the Year final three nominees for each category have been announced at the Geneva auto show. The winners will be revealed at the NY auto show next month.

The Top Three in the World finalists in the 5 award categories are as follows, and the BMW M3/M4 and i8 remain in the running.

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Its a difficult decision, but I go i8 in the end..

BMW i8 vs. Angeles Crest Highway

02/25/2015 at 8:00 AM
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Car and Driver magazine recently took the BMW i8 on a road test through the famed Angeles Crest Highway, a nearby canyon road in the Los Angeles area. This is one of the slightly removed canyon areas that car enthusiasts go to blow off some steam and take in the joys of tight curves on the side of a cliff. On a good weekend you can see a nice collection of drivers’ cars going up and down this pass, especially BMWs. So why not … CONTINUED

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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.