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      08-07-2012, 05:38 AM   #1
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Battery-pack and interior images snapped of BMWs plug-in hybrid supercar.

Roadandtrack.com got some interesting tidbits about I8.

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The production version of the i8 Coupe, along with the upcoming i8 Spyder drop-top variant, maintains a strong resemblance to the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept that was first shown in 2009. Yet based on these spy shots, theres obviously work to be done before the i8 goes on sale in 2014, most likely for the 2015 model year, and for a price between $150,000 and $200,000. Check under the rear glass of this test car and youll see a couple rows of exposed (though neatly bundled) lithium-polymer batteries. Rest assured, the i8 coming to a BMW dealership near you is not going to have such naked mechanical bits and pieces.


The battery placement seems strange, however, when you consider the i8 Coupe has a 2+2 seating arrangement and a 131-hp electric motor mounted at the front of the car. A more centrally located position for the battery pack would seem to offer improved weight distribution and packaging, especially since a 220-bhp turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine already occupies space behind the cabin. But this plug-in BMWs preliminary performance specs remain impressive. The i8 has an electric-only operating range of approximately 20 miles and can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds. Estimated overall fuel economy is expected to be in the region of 70-mpg.


Ironically, the cabin of this i8 Coupe (at least the little we can see of it) appears remarkably put together and similar to what youd find in other upmarket BMW products. Visible in the photo of the cabin are console-mounted buttons for the door locks, hazard lights, along with temperature controls and fan settings. The thick-rimmed steering wheel also appears to be standard issue BMW hardware. The one small circular dash-mounted gauge we can spot has markings for 70, 130(?) and 170. While it looks like a turbo boost level gauge, the numbers seem to indicate its monitoring something else. Any readers willing to submit a guess as to what that might be?
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The interior of the i8 is far from finished and is currently made up of canniblized BMW's such as the dash from the Z4 Roadster.
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The i8's interior looked pretty finished to me! I took these pics at the AMI show in Leipzig back in June.

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The i8's interior looked pretty finished to me! I took these pics at the AMI show in Leipzig back in June.
Dack- I think he is talking about the prototype. The images you took are of the concept car. They are not close to production ready with the i8. They just canabolize parts to check the drivetrain- interior is always the last to get prototyped just in case there is a need to change configuration of the drive train.

For example the F56 MINI was using F20 1 Series bits until recently... and that car is due next Spring.

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      08-10-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Dack- I think he is talking about the prototype. The images you took are of the concept car. They are not close to production ready with the i8. They just canabolize parts to check the drivetrain- interior is always the last to get prototyped just in case there is a need to change configuration of the drive train.

For example the F56 MINI was using F20 1 Series bits until recently... and that car is due next Spring.


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LOL, I wonder if the US Government's $7,500 electric vehicle tax rebate plan will still be around in 2014 to knock down that $200K price a bit.
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