BMW is planning an extreme super sports car with a hybrid drive and 600 hp. The technical basis is available and the developers are waiting for the green light. The new supercar is expected to be revealed by the spring of 2013. The new model, believed to be called the M8, will be based on the Vision EfficientDynamics unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Compared to the concept, the future car will be five inches longer, 1.24 meters high, 1.90 meters wide, and will feature a 2+2 configuration.
The future M8 will combine a V10 engine that develops 507 HP at 7750 rpm and a torque of 520 Nm with two electric motors, one on the front axle and the second one at the rear between the V10 and the six-speed M-Sport automatic transmission. The first electric motor will deliver 80-115 hp and the back one will deliver more than 50 hp. Thanks to an all-new aluminum chassis, carbon fiber bodywork, fine Kevlar bucket seats, and several magnesium and plastic parts, the M8 will weigh just under 1500 kilograms. All this will help the supercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
BMW's Megacity Vehicle is finally taking shape with these official sketches that tease the electric car well before its 2013 arrival. Until now, BMW's Project i has merely been vague talk about future mobility concepts and electric vehicles for major urban areas. The sketches reveal the first car that will come out of BMW's electrification program as a dynamic but practical hatchback. For now, it's called the Megacity Vehicle (MCV). BMW says the edgy shape reflects a commitment to building fun and engaging cars, while the ultrashort overhangs emphasize a minimalistic design that optimizes vehicle efficiency and range. To complete the picture, our contacts in Munich have slipped us significant information about the car's powertrain, packaging, and pricing.
To maximize the MCV's range, BMW has focused on reducing weight with a carbon fiber passenger cell and aluminum chassis components. A lithium-ion battery with about 35 kWh of capacity is placed below the vehicle's floor and should deliver about 100 miles of range. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels through a rear-mounted 150-hp electric motor. Top speed is predicted at 95 mph.
While the sketches are ambiguous, Automobile Magazine has learned that the MCV will feature a four-door, four-seat configuration with rear "suicide" doors, like a Rolls-Royce. Length measures in at about 157 inches, roughly the same as a Ford Fiesta. The production vehicle is also rumored to be taller than the sketch leads on. An MCV concept car should appear on the BMW stand at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show in September.
BMW officials acknowledge that they're paying close attention to the prices of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. That said, it's unlikely the MCV will come near to the Leaf's $25, 280 price (after $7500 federal tax credit). Rather, buyers will pay a premium for BMW refinement and cachet similar to the markup between a 3-series and a Nissan Altima. That leads us to believe the MCV will cost between $30,000 and $40,000 after any government incentives. BMW classifies a megacity as an urban area with a population of six million to eight million people, but it's likely that the MCV will be sold in smaller (but still big) cities in the United States.
So this is what a bmw looks like when you ditch (shrink) the kidney grill?
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You might be dumber than Costco.
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I'm stopped at a light looking around minding my own business thinking about that one fine chick who always passes by but I have yet to come up with a pick up line for...(I was thinking of just saying I drive a Celica
Latest rumor from Germany is around a new BMW model coming to market. Developed under the name BMW i100 Coupe ActiveHybrid, the new eco-sports car is scheduled to launch in 2013 and will compete against Audi’s E-Tron and Mercedes’ SLS E-Cell.
The i100 is designed as a plug-in hybrid and will be able to drive 15 to 50 kilometers on electric motor. Auto Bild reports that the i100 will feature a three-cylinder direct injection engine, most likely a diesel unit similar to the one found in the Vision Concept, producing 165 to 185 horsepower. The drivetrain will also include two electric motors which will add 100 horsepower.BMW Vision Concept – a closer look at the engines
For the U.S. market, BMW might offer a four-cylinder powerplant as well. Unlike the competition, the BMW will offer room for four passengers.
The internal project name is 442 and BMW plans to sell about 35, 000 units at 100,000 euros a piece.
The BMW i100 is said to be presented at the IAA Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011.
BMW is pushing ahead with technology that will revolutionise the way it makes its cars — and give them double or even triple the lifespans of current production vehicles.
The radical carbonfibre construction and separate chassis of BMW’s Megacity vehicle could start to underpin a significant proportion of the firm’s upper end output from the beginning of the next decade, as the car industry is hit by the triple whammy of CO2 reduction legislation, the peaking of oil production and the continuing emigration of the world’s population to rapidly expanding cities.
Originally dubbed ‘Project i’, BMW’s attempt to establish just how to provide mobility from 2020 onwards was seen by the company board as a complete rethink of the car itself.
“Strategy number one,” a BMW source told Autocar, “was an attempt to create the future, understanding future customer needs and accessing key new technology. It is the only way to ensure growth in the long term.”
BMW’s research predicts that much of the world will be affected by “mega trends” as consumer behaviour “makes a major step into the future”. A big shift in political forces is also foreseen.
“Aside from environmental regulations,” the firm said, “we expect legislation to mushroom, restricting vehicle access to city centres and the establishment of intelligent traffic control systems”.
A shift towards global culture is also predicted, with tastes among middle-class consumers beginning to merge, particularly on sustainability.
The Megacity car, due in 2013, will be sold under a sub brand and meet the issue of sustainability head-on. BMW admits that it will have a much longer service life than a typical modern car.
BMW has established a Web site called www.dontblogabouthis.com with the express purpose of revealing a prototype being used to test a new gasoline-electric driveline earmarked for a future sports car. It’s expected to be launched in 2012 as part of BMW’s EfficientDynamics program.
Featuring two short videos and four photographs of a 6-series based prototype, the Web site provides no additional information about the prototype other than to suggest that the car in question is “more than a 6-series”and is “not in its final stage.”
Close inspection reveals the matte black BMW mule has a new front end resembling that of the one-off EfficientDynamics concept revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show. Other obvious changes include widened tracks and skinny low-rolling resistance tires on aerodynamically optimized wheels.
* BMW i stands for sustainable vehicles and mobility solutions
* Two models available from launch: BMW i3 and BMW i8
* Mobility services complement core business
* BMW i Ventures holding company founded
Ahhhh, no. Apple fan here. This branding is silly.
Also, don't like bmw's in general. In experience, neither does any other Apple fan I've ever met. Apple people usually like veedubs and audi's. But, the jest is understood.
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Yea the $180k+ BMW i8 is definitely going after scion customers.
Hear that. Right of course. But, wasn't the intent of the previous comment. Meant, superficially, that BMW is starting an hip new off brand. Obviously, it's not one intended to appeal to young 1st time car purchasers. Should have said this branding seems similar to scion, even though it's in a different direction.
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Ahhhh, no. Apple fan here. This branding is silly.
Also, don't like bmw's in general. In experience, neither does any other Apple fan I've ever met. Apple people usually like veedubs and audi's. But, the jest is understood.
I don't think there's any correlation between Liking Apple products and VAG products. Ok maybe all the hipsters do.
The i3 concept, previously know as the Megacity, is an all-electric car that focuses squarely on the mobility challenges in urban areas. The i8 hybrid concept is a “forward-looking, intelligent, and innovative” sports car with both an electric drive system and a fuel efficient combustion engine. The i3 is built for four passengers, and BMW’s LifeDrive architecture conjures up a feeling of space inside the car more generous then even the latest conversion vehicles can offer. The i3 features wide-opening opposing “coach” doors, and trunk capacity of around 200 liters. The electric motor is over the rear axle and can produce 170-hp with 184 lb-ft of torque. The i3 can achieve a 0-62 mph time of just under eight seconds. The i3 can achieve what BMW calls an “everday” driving range of between 130 and 160km on a single charge, with a standard charge taking six hours, although with the right equipment, an 80 percent charge can be done in one hour.
The four seater i8 concept “embodies the vision of a sustainable contemporary sports car brought to life” according to BMW. The plug-in hybrid system combines the modified electric drive system from the i3 fitted over the front axle and a high performance three cylinder engine at the rear. The engine can produce 220-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque delivering a 0-62 mph time of just under five seconds. The i8 delivers 94 mpg or three liters per 100 kilometers. The i8 can also run purely on electric power, with a driving range of 35 kilometers (20 miles) and the battery can be fully recharged in two hours at a standard power socket.
late, GM produced an electric car back in 1999 and they took it out of the market and repossessed all the remain leased EV-1s and crushed them. It got up to 120 miles on one charge.
There was also a documentary about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Kil...lectric_Car%3F
X2 this was an awsome documentey. Very interesting
Although this pre-production i8 tracks the concept version's styling generally, as expected, there are some significant changes from the i8 concept model. The front fascia has lost a bit of its shark nose front slant with a new lower front bumper design, which protrudes more than that on the concept. Also, the headlights have been moved forward to the edge of the hood. This comes as no surprise considering the fact that the extremely deeply set headlights on the concept i8 would likely limit the area which the headlights can illuminate.
The hood and windshield are now more traditional and the windshield no longer joins the hood area as it did in the concept version. The doors now appear bigger, come down lower, and are no longer set deeper in than the rest of the car's side body panels. This should allow for much easier ingress/egress than the concept, which, because of its small door opening and thick doorsill, appeared very difficult to climb in and out of. The side view mirrors move from the concept's A-pillar to a traditional location on the doors and the door handles have moved down as well. The rest of the body sculpting on the lower sides of the car thankfully remain very similar to the concept i8.
The rear of the pre-production i8 sees the retention of the concept's shoulder wings and floating tail lights, but the lower part of the rear end is difficult to discern currently as it remains clad in very concealing camouflage. There appears to be several purposely placed camouflage panels to purposely deceive - for example, the two protuding bulbous round lights (which will certainly not be a part of the production car).
The pre-production i8 ditches the futuristic wheels of the concept models in favor of more traditional split-spoke alloy wheels, which appear to be wrapped in much thicker tires than those on the concept models.
A sharkfin atenna is attached to what is likely a carbon fiber roof.
Not much of the interior can be discerned from these photos.
Powertrain and Sales Target:
The concept i8 specs should give a great idea of what to expect for the production i8 model. The concept i8 features a high performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3's electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front, resulting in total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor).
Sales and price targets for the i8 are yet undetermined, although it is known that the production i8 will launch in 2014. According to Ian Robertson, BMW’s global sales and marketing boss, "Our sales will strongly depend on legislation. Not only by big markets like the U.S. or China, but by local city authorities and their terms of taxation," Robertson said. "If a city like Amsterdam or London decides that you get a tax reduction, then sales will boost."
Just the Facts:
-BMW's i-series range will expand in 2015 with the addition of a midsize people mover with a rear-mounted electric motor and a small three-cylinder gasoline engine.
-The i-series kicks off next year with the launch of the all-electric i3 compact hatchback, followed by the gasoline-electric hybrid i8 sport sedan.
-The i5 is described as a tall-roof MPV with sliding doors and a spacious cargo bay, aimed at such competitors as the Toyota Prius V.
Power, according to Auto Bild, will be supplied by a 170-horsepower electric motor in the rear, with a 90-hp three-cylinder gasoline engine used as a "range extender."
The magazine predicted that that i5's starting price will be "not less than" $65,000.
The i8 will be the flagship model of BMW's new "i" sun-brand and will enter the market after the smaller i3 hatchback, which is expected in showrooms next year.
Like the concept version, the production i8 will combine the modified electric drive system from the i3 hatchback fitted over its front axle with a high-performance 1.5-liter three-cylinder combustion petrol engine at the rear.
The electric motor, which uses a twin-speed transmission to turn the front wheels, will be able to power the car on its own if required, while the gasoline engine will drive the rear wheels through a dual clutch transmission.
Working together, the two systems will develop around 350-horses, which should prove enough given the lightweight construction of the i8 that features aluminium structures and a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell.
The images you see are not the work of any graphics renderer with a Photoshop and a steady mouse hand, rather they are ‘actual’ photos made by BMW of a car they’ve already built. According to Autoforum.cz, who got hold of these leaked photos, the i8 Spyder will debut at the 2012 Auto China Show in Beijing, which starts near the end of April.
The BMW i8 Concept Spyder with eDrive is an open-top two-seater embodying a form of personal mobility with equal sporting and emotional appeal.
Under the banner of its sub-brand BMW i, the BMW Group is developing a range of purpose-built vehicle concepts and complementary mobility services which meet the changing needs of customers and redefine the understanding of personal mobility. As well as adopting intelligent technologies and innovative design, BMW i is pursuing an all-embracing approach defined to a significant degree by sustainability throughout the value chain.
Following the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, the BMW Group introduces the BMW i8 Concept Spyder to the mix. This third BMW i model embodies the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Its sporting design headlines the qualities of an open-top two-seater blending lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure.
The combination of intelligent lightweight design and state-of-the-art hybrid technology imbues the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with genuine sports car performance, yet its fuel consumption is no higher than you would expect from a small car.
Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket. Together, the car's minimised weight, low centre of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 260 kW (354 hp), promise unbeatable dynamic capability, exceptional efficiency and unbridled driving pleasure.
Barely a year after the unveiling of the 2+2-seater BMW i8 Concept, BMW i is presenting the second variant of this innovative hybrid sports car, a machine designed to light up the path to compelling and purpose-oriented mobility. Like its Coupe sibling, the emotionally charged BMW i8 Concept Spyder combines intelligent lightweight design with the leading-edge drivetrain technology eDrive, while its open-top two-seater construction delivers an even more intense driving experience. This is a car in which outstanding performance potential goes hand-in-hand with extremely low fuel consumption and emissions.
Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length. With its compact dimensions and distinctive exterior paintwork, the sports car exudes a feeling of dynamism before it so much as turns a wheel, while striking features of its design include upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a transparent glass panel at the rear. Underneath this cover two electric kickboards are stowed, providing a visual showcase for the fun factor in mobility and adding another layer to the car's recreational appeal. Inside, a revised material and colour concept provides an extra dose of sportiness. Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with eDrive is a high-performance plug-in hybrid, and it fuses the specific advantages of an electric motor and combustion engine to optimum effect. Exceptional efficiency and dynamic capability are the upshot.
Plug-in hybrid: the perfect alliance of dynamic capability and efficiency.
Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with eDrive is a plug-in hybrid combining two different power sources and employing the specific advantages of its electric motor and combustion engine to optimum effect. The hybrid drivetrain's key components gel together with outstanding smoothness, allowing it to offer peerless dynamic capability and maximum efficiency. In other words, the open-top two-seater produces the performance of an out-and-out sports machine yet posts the fuel economy of a small car.
The 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels. Both units are in-house BMW Group developments and generate an aggregate system output of 260 kW (354 hp) and peak torque of 550 Newton metres. That is enough to accelerate the BMW i8 Concept Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite this performance, the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (equivalent to fuel economy of 94 mpg imp) in the European test cycle.
The electric motor sources its energy from a lithium-ion battery which can be fully charged from a domestic power socket in less than two hours. The high-output battery is located in the energy tunnel between the front and rear axle modules in order to keep the car's centre of gravity as low as possible – and therefore to maximise the car's dynamic performance. The space-saving and well-balanced packaging of this and other drive and chassis components gives the sporting two-seater ideal 50:50 weight distribution.
With its battery fully charged, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder can cover up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone. As such, far from filling in as a bit-part player, the electric motor plays a role equal to that of the petrol engine. If required, a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine generates extra power, which is then stored in the hybrid battery. This range-extending function during the course of a journey allows the two-seater to travel further between charging stations.
Another special feature of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder is the ability to send power through the front, rear or all four wheels at the same time. Intelligent control electronics ensure that the optimum drive configuration is available for the situation at hand. The driver can view the driving mode currently engaged and monitor the activity of the two drive sources on the large information display in the cockpit. Furthermore, the electronic systems ensure maximum energy recuperation under braking or when coasting. All of which means that the driver can enjoy maximum dynamic performance, unbeatable directional stability and minimal consumption and emissions at all times.
Specifications: BMW i8 Concept Spyder
Length/Height/Width: L 4480 mm, H 1208 mm, W 1922 mm
Wheelbase: 2650 mm
No. of seats: 2
Kerb weight: 1630 kg
Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) electr. governed
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 5 s 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) 4.0 s
System output TwinPower Turbo engine: 260 kW / 550 Nm 164 kW / 300 Nm
Fuel consumption (EU cycle): 3 l/100km / 94 mpg imp
output electric motor: 96 kW
electric range: approx. 27-30 km (17 – 19 miles)
battery charge time: standard: 1.45 h for 100% charge approx.
Luggage compartment: 100 litres
Along with the other i electric cars from BMW, the concept coupe uses a carbon-fiber body that incorporates BMW’s ”stream flow” design language. The coupe uses a 170 hp electric engine that puts out 184 lb-ft of torque to the real wheels through a single-speed transmission. The lithium-ion batteries are mounted under the floor, giving the i3 coupe a low center of gravity to help keep it planted.
Overall range is expected to be 100 miles on a single charge according to BMW.
The i3 Concept Coupe rides on the same platform as the standard i3, but appears a little lower and wider than its five door counterpart.
The interior of the i3 Concept Coupe is designed to feel spacious and have a lounge-style ambiance. Leather, wool and other renewable raw materials are used throughout to make the car eco-friendly, along with wood that is guaranteed to come from certified sustainably managed European forests. Two display screen are mounted in the interior, a 6.6-inch screen for driver info, and a 8.8-inch screen for the center stack.
Comfort, Eco, and Eco Pro driving modes are available, depending on what is needed by the driver. The i3 will even suggest which mode to drive in based on how much power you have, and if you have imputed a destination into the nav system, where you are going.