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German based Solarwatt and BMW have partnered to provide a solar-panel system to be placed on home/garage roofs as part of a broader support system for the upcoming BMW i3 and i8 vehicles. The systems will be branded as 360° ELECTRIC which aim to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, bringing efficient solar powered charging to your car.

Potential customers will be able to purchase the Solarwatt system at the same time as they purchase their BMWi or at a later time. The goal … CONTINUED

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The highlight of the BMW display at the 2013 Auto Shanghai show is the BMW Concept X4 [full gallery], but there are other highlights and (Asian) debuts at the show.

Here is a gallery showing some of these other models.

F30 with M Performance Parts
Concept Active Tourer
i8 Concept
i3 Concept
3 Series GT M Sport
M6 Gran Coupe

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We have posted countless spy photos and videos of the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid sports car, but we’ve yet to spy it on an actual track… until now. BMW trotted this i8 mule out to the Nurburgring this week and we managed to capture it on the Nurburgring for the first time.

The i8 is expected to boast 354hp / 500Nm torque, 0-62 mph in approximately 4.6 seconds, top speed of 155mph, 78 MPG (european test cycle), up to 47 MPG average fuel consumption, with just … CONTINUED

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First interior listen and view of the sensations in the i8, during a ride along by EVO.

Towards the end of the clip, it’s confirmed that the i8 will receive the same Active Sound Design from recent models such as the F10 M5 and M135i to enhance the i8′s sounds in the interior.

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The first BMW i3 and i8 preview ride-alongs have taken place and the initial reactions are in.

We’ll have to wait at least several months for the actual press drives, which will of course yield more hands-on and deeper insights/reviews of the i3 and i8.

Autocar chimes in first with their impressions from the ride along in the i3 and i8:

“It doesn’t take long to realise the BMW i3 is already at an advanced state of development. The prototype I rode in felt solid, even if there … CONTINUED

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The BMW i8 hybrid sports car prototype continues testing throughout the winter, this time spotted in northern Sweden.

The latest prototypes show:

The BMW i8 hybrid sports car prototype continues testing throughout the winter, this time spotted in northern Sweden.

The latest prototypes show:

Classic Hoffmeister kink has now been revealed.
• Kidney grilles now more visible than ever.
• Sideskirts now match the concept i8.
• Side view mirrors are sportier and extend out further, for a more exotic look.
• Door handles have been deleted from the doors and moved to … CONTINUED

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It’s been months since we’ve spied any BMW i8 prototype showing any outwardly noticeable changes, but this i8 mule we spied last week finally shows some changes. We’ve also posted some photos below of a previous prototype and concept i8, for comparison.

• Classic Hoffmeister kink has now been revealed.
• Kidney grilles now more visible than ever.
• Sideskirts now match the concept i8.
• Side view mirrors are sportier and extend out further, for a more exotic look.
• Door handles have been deleted from the doors and … CONTINUED

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The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], is making its North American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show now underway.

We were able to get up close and personal with the i8 Spyder and have posted our photos inside.

Specs:

High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3′s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol … CONTINUED

Paris 2012: BMW i8 Spyder Concept

09/27/2012 at 3:30 PM
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The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], made its first auto show appearance since its world premiere at the Beijing auto show in April.

This was our first look at the i8 Spyder in person and I found it even more impressive and eye catching than the coupe version. We previously put together a photo comparison you can see to form your opinion.

BMW i8 M Racer Fantasized

09/26/2012 at 2:40 PM
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The upcoming BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car will effectively be BMW’s halo sports car once it’s released in 2014/2015. And although an M version is not expected to be released, we couldn’t help but let our imagination run wild a bit for an M model race version, including a full carbon fiber model. Enjoy!

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With the BMW i3 electric city car and i8 electric hybrid sports car, BMW is ready to test online sales for the first time, according to Bloomberg.

As an inexpensive way to reach more buyers and recoup the cars’ development costs, BMW will sell the i3 and i8 directly over the internet for the first time. The i3 and i8 will also be sold in showrooms, but their initial retail rollout (including the first i-showroom in London) will be among a limited showroom network.

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BMW takes the 2012 Concept Car of the Year Award with its i8 Concept Spyder. This award marks BMW’s fourth competition as a category finalist and the brand’s second visit to the awards podium at the eleventh annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards announced today. The Concept Car category recognizes those vehicles where passenger carrying is the primary intent.

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. This year, more than two dozen jurors participated in a … CONTINUED