BMW’s Brilliant ‘CrossFade’ Paint Job

The luxury automobile manufacturer says good-bye to the 'Protonic Blue' paint job previously featured on the electric vehicles to introduce a fresher look. BMW and Garage Italia Customs have collaborated to create this illusive paint job they are calling ‘CrossFade'....

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BMW M4 and i8 Hit the Drag Strip

Top Gear recently pinned the BMW M4 and the BMW i8 against each other to decide which Bavarian coupe is better, a real-wheel-drive muscle car or their future-thinking, all-wheel-drive, electric-powered beauty. Though this isn't the first time the two have...

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BMW i8 Gets Modded by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer unveils its stylish BMW i8. Enhancements by the German automobile tuning company include minimalistic elements which reinforce the car’s lightweight design and emphasize efficiency, whilst retaining he car’s original sporty and aerodynamic look. The hybrid car has low carbon...

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BMW i Solar Carport Concept

With the BMW i3 now starting to deliver and the BMW i8 going through its final paces as well, the german automaker's unveiled the BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the concept is equal parts form...

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Audi R8 LMX

The limited edition Audi R8 LMX features laser-enhanced LED high-beam headlights utilizing the same laserlight technology shown on its R18 E-tron Quattro LMP1 race car. The R8 LMX leverages a tiny laser module in each headlight that, after conversion to...

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BMW i8 Revealed at Frankfurt

BMW i8 Revealed

BMW has officially unveiled the BMW i8, slightly ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show that kicked off today. The hybrid sportscar is a two + two coupe with doors that go up and futuristic design cues that will be sure to turn heads. Power comes from a 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine that cranks out 231 horses and 236 lb-ft. of torque which is then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Add in the electric motor and you get an additional 131 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through a two-speed automatic to the front wheels. That’s all-wheel drive motion with 362 horses and 320 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-62 time of 4.4 seconds. Fuel economy figures are impressive as well with 94 miles per gallon and a full charge coming from a 110-volt outlet in less than four hours. BMW Charging Stations can bring that time down to 1.5 hours.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Spyder Concept Car - Hybrid Electric

BMW unveiled the i8 Concept a short while back and now they’ve released shots of the i8 Spyder, one that looks more like what we can expect from the final car that will hit showrooms in the not-too-distant future. It’s a plug-in hybrid that’s powered by a 96 kW (131 horsepower) electric motor powering the front axle and a mid-mounted turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that cranks out 223 horses to power the rear. Lithium-ion batteries are located in a center console between the front and mid-mounted engines to give a full output of 354 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.

The i8 Spyder can go 19 miles before the gas engine turns on to recharge the batteries and we’re hearing the system can go 94 miles per gallon on the Imperial cycle. It’s a hybrid supercar that also gives us some exceptional performance — 0-62 mph in five seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.