April 24 (Bloomberg) — The ultra high-end electric and hybrid car space is suddenly getting a bit more crowded in China. Tesla had the first deliveries of the Model S to Chinese customers this week, while BMW will roll out its hybrid i8 super sports car for the China market by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle got behind the wheel of BMW’s new offering in Beijing. (Source: Bloomberg)
The BMWUSA page for the BMW i8 has been updated, with a pleasant surprise – the 0-60 mph has dropped to 4.2 seconds (from earlier estimates of 4.5 seconds).
Large set of photos from a BMW UK i8 Customer Preview Event held at the BMW UK headquarters.
There were two i8 models on hand
1) Sophisto Grey (with iBlue accent), i W-spoke 470 wheels, and Dalbergia Tan interior (part of the ‘Halo’ interior package in the UK).
2) Ionic Silver (with iBlue accent), i Turbine-spoke 444 wheels, and Amido Black interior (part of the ‘Carpo Dark’ interior package in the UK).
Rounding out our day at the New York Autoshow is the always stunning BMW i8 painted in stunning Protonic Blue. Take care everyone!
Catch our videos of various BMW lighting technologies in action, including BMW Laser Lights (on the i8), OLED lights, Night Vision, and Selective High Beam Assist.
With bonus pics of the BMW i8 interior lighting.
BMW LIGHT DAYS WORKSHOP
Last night we at BIMMERPOST were invited to test the new headlight features of current BMW models and also to take a look into the future of BMW lighting at BMW’s Light Days Workshop. We share the info and experience with you below.
To start, BMW AG gave us a little history of BMW headlight design on past BMW models. BMW has been using the double round headlights since 1963 on the e3 and e9 models. In 1990 BMW was the first … CONTINUED
CAR has posted its effusive full BMW i8 test drive review, which resulted in a full 5-star rating for overall rating, handling, performance usability and “feelgood factory.”
Here are some of the most telling excerpts from the review:
Play it right, and Eco Pro can extend the range over the regular Comfort mode, from 310 to 370 miles. Flick the gear selector left, to engage Sport mode. The dials switch to a bright red glow, any throttle resistance is replaced by eagerness. The six-speed automatic – … CONTINUED
Photo gallery of the BMW i8 and i3 at the 2014 Vancouver International Autoshow.
We have posted a rare in-car i8 acceleration launch video to our YouTube page.
Our video shows the i8′s gauge graphics as the car accelerates in Sport Mode, as well as providing a listen at the i8′s raw mechanical sounds as it accelerates. While the production i8 will be equipped with Active Sound Design (enhanced interior sound technology), this particular car we’re hearing has its Active Sound Design (ASD) disabled for testing purposes. ASD will not be able to be turned off by the driver … CONTINUED
Whatcar? brought in some enthusiasts and potential buyers to preview and give their impressions on the BMW i8.
Here’s what they had to say.