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).
The Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the 2014 NYIAS and the BMW i3 has won both the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year awards!
The i3 beat out the following cars for World Car Design of the Year: Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XL1
And it bested the following cars for World Green Car of the Year: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron , BMW i3, Honda Accord … CONTINUED
Rounding out our day at the New York Autoshow is the always stunning BMW i8 painted in stunning Protonic Blue. Take care everyone!
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.
The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.
BMW has already built more than 5,000 i3s since the start of the year, … CONTINUED
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.
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.