BMW i8 and BMW i3 will take the market by surprise
|   Thursday, November 29, 2012
BMW i8 and BMW i3 are the two cars that are supposed to be out in the Australian market in the middle of 2014, and not before that. Both the BMW i8 and BMW i3, moreover, will be available in small numbers in the country and the pricing of both the cars are yet not decided.

BMW i8 is a hybrid sports car. The BMW i3 is also a hybrid car, although it is largely marketed as all –electric mode, still on Australia it will be marketed in a wider range with extended versions to cater to all buyers.


The BMW i3 was initially to be launched in mid 2014; still no prior booking is made as the pricing of the car is still not decided. Moreover the mode of selling the car is yet to be decided. It may be sold through a traditional transaction, or on a lease only model. The car may also be sold in both modes. Also the first batch of cars will mostly go to major global markets such as the UK, US and china.

The BMW i3 has a strong electrical drive and can go an estimated 130 to 160 kilometre range on pure electricity. It is the first zero emission electric car produced by BMW. The range will be increased in near time but the exact figure is still not known. The car is well packed with speed to as it can go from 0 to 100 kilometers in less than eight seconds.

The BMW i8, however, has been booked before launch by six people in Australia. The range of price for this car is estimated near the Audi R8 e-tron. This project is also on hold right now. It is expected that the price of BMW i8 will not be a mere reflection of the price of Audi R8 but the price will only be a mere guideline. The Audi R8 is priced at 271,000 rupees.

The BMW i8 is a hybrid sports car which means it has two distinct power sources. It has an electric motor along with an internal combustion engine. The electric motor setup of i8 is similar to that of i3. It is however modified for the use of a plug in hybrid system. The petrol engine is a 164 kilo Watt one and is turbocharged. Due to the presence of the two power sources the car can reach a speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour. It also has a pickup speed of 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in a matter of few seconds. The petrol consumption of the car is 2.7 litres per 100 kilometers when running on a combined cycle.

The electric power output of the car is also very high. It can be recharged fully from an empty battery in less than two hours. The car can run on pure electric drive also. While running on electric it has a range of 35 kilometers, that is, it can run 35 kilometers on only electricity.
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