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First Frozen Yellow BMW i8

01/17/2015 at 7:00 PM
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Here is the first “Frozen Yellow” BMW i8 by JD Customs in the Netherlands

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BMW is increasing the US allocation of i8s by over 1000 for 2015, but that reportedly still will not be enough to fill the demand. To accomplish this, they plan to reduce the number of i3s.

Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America, has said that the wait for an i8 remains at about a year.

While the demand for the i8 is the most obvious, the i3 isn’t doing badly either. BMW expects to sell about 1,000 i3s a month in 2015 (in the … CONTINUED

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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

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Found this info in German magazine Autobild:

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/bmw-i…6-5524821.html

A 100 year anniversary edition based on the i8 built in 100 examples. Stronger e-motor and 2l 4 cyl instead of the 1,5l 3 cyl engine. Originally planned to be developed by the M division, but now headed by BMW AG and ex Ferrari man Roberto Fedeli. Naming still debated, could be i8S, i8CS or M100

And a 630hp twin turbocharged I6 version rumoured for … 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

BMW i8 vs BMW M4 (Manual) Drag Race

12/30/2014 at 1:10 PM
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Watch the BMW i8 drag race against the F82 M4 (manual transmission).

BMW award winners for 2014

12/29/2014 at 9:50 AM
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Overview of the most important accolades awarded to BMW in 2014:
Accolades bestowed by the World Car Awards:
World Green Car of the Year for the BMW i3
World Car Design of the Year for the BMW i3
Engine of the Year for the BMW 3-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine

Accolades awarded by Euro NCAP:
“Euro NCAP Advanced Award”:
Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function
Driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive

Accolades awarded by “auto, motor und sport”:
“Best Cars”:
BMW i3, BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 5 Series in each of their respective segments
“Paul … CONTINUED

BMWstories: The first BMW i8 buyer.

12/27/2014 at 10:56 AM
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This is the story of Dirk Schulz, the first BMW i8 customer. He optioned the car when he saw the concept vehicle back in 2010. At that time he did not know the price or any technical data or even if the car will be produced.

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Photo session with Schullz51′s Austin Yellow F80 M3 and DoctaM3′s brand new i8 in Pittsburgh.

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The Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay marked the third round of the trend-setting race series for Formula vehicles with electric drive. BMW is the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the innovative championship and was in action once again in Uruguay, ensuring safety on the track with the BMW i8 Safety Car and the BMW i3 Medical Car. Also, BMW DTM driver António Félix da Costa made another appearance for Team Amlin Aguri. However, a technical problem forced him to retire before the end of … CONTINUED

BMW Rocket Ship Holiday Ad

12/09/2014 at 7:30 PM
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Experience the holiday spirit through the eyes of a child.

Matte and Gloss i8 Mini Meet

12/08/2014 at 9:00 AM
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A rare sight. Two blue BMW i8 meet up on Long Island for a mini-meet, one in standard gloss blue and the other in matte blue.

BMW i8 Wins Top Gear Car of the Year

12/05/2014 at 9:20 AM
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The BMW i8 has been named as Top Gear magazine’s global Car of the Year 2014. The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award.

The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for its breadth of abilities. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor gives searing acceleration and driver enjoyment but all wrapped in a package that takes BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy to the … CONTINUED

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Manhart has a trio of BMWs at this year’s Essen Motor Show, including the MH4 550 (M4), MH2 400 WB (M235i Wide Body) and the i8.

Via Manhart:

Also at this year’s Essen Motor Show Tuning Exhibition, Manhart Performance will be presenting some highlights. In their booth in Hall 10 they will be exhibiting three highly modified vehicles, all of them being world premieres.

Among them the MH2 400 WB, an advancement of the recently revealed MH2 400 Clubsport, equipped with 420HP and a newly developed … CONTINUED

2014 Essen Motor Show

BMW i8 vs BMW M1 Track Battle Video

11/28/2014 at 9:00 AM
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To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we 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 … CONTINUED