Hybrid sports car BMW i8, presented in serial form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 2013, in the spring of 2014 reached dealers in North America and Europe. Novelty in the face ah BMW 8 are available in the US at a price of 135,700 dollars, the home of the Bavarian manufacturer in Germany the cost of the hybrid BMW i8 coupe will start from 126 thousand euros.
The new BMW i8 2014-2015, the car unusual, however, as the brother on the use of revolutionary technical innovations’ hatchback BMW i3. Here are just a BMW ay3 full electric car, sports coupe and BMW ay8 hybrid tandem with gasoline and electric engines. On the technology later.
4689 mm long, 1942 mm wide, 1298 mm high, 2800 mm wheelbase, 115 mm ground clearance (clearance) with a standard set tires in size 195/50 R20 front and 215 / 45 R20 rear alloy wheels on the 20th with a radius of five wide spokes. Forged and even carbon fiber wheels with tires R20 215/45 R20 for the front axle and 245/40 R20 for the rear. Front track – 1644 mm, rear track – 1712 mm.
Exterior Design Exterior BMW 8 as affects its revolutionary and courage for serial car. Looks German hybrid i8 sports car like a manta ray (fish of the family of rays) – wide and low body sprawled on the road surface, the door wings, fins and look to start synchronously flap. The front end sports coupe from Bavaria with proprietary nostrils lattice, only they snag, because the front under the hood mounted electric motor that does not require refrigeration. Futuristic headlights with LEDs (low and high beam, daytime running lights), no less than the original bumper and hood ideal plane with strange aerodynamic elements, drops mirrors on the legs. The car offers innovative laser light (luminescence intensity is 1.7 times greater than that of light-emitting diode).
New BMW i8 looks fantastic stranger from the future. The sloped hood, tiny doors that open up an exquisite dome roof, ideal radius of the wheel arches, sills innovative body with air, stylish food with unusual cuts over hyped powerful wings.
The rear part of the bodywork affects extravaganza designs, providing on the one hand phenomenal appearance, on the other hand a proper distribution of cooling air flow to the gasoline engine and the down force. All feed closes the huge size bumper with a diffuser and a stylish, contrasting insert. Overall lighting fixtures original forms with LED filling eloquently emphasizes the aerodynamic grooves on the ledges of the wings, great song ends boomerangs, flowing down from the roof over the main landing.
This unusual body shape with a low roof and a great variety of air ducts, spoilers, diffusers allowed developers to achieve low drag coefficient of 0.26 airflow Cx figure worthy of respect. BMW i8 body design overtaken by time and will be relevant in the next 15-20 years. Beauty, and only, but under the over wrap hide no less interesting things.
New Bavarian BMW i8 in the body structure uses architecture LifeDrive, consisting of two modules. The first module is the lower aluminum platform. The second upper module – the passenger cabin with capsule landing formula 2 + 2, made of carbon fiber-reinforced, on the inner side of the door of the carbon and aluminum on the outside. The use of body structure and chassis BMW i8 material CFRP and aluminum has resulted in a low curb weight for hybrid cars in 1490 kg, as well as ensure the safety of the driver and passengers at a high level.
The interior of the new sport’s coupe with a hybrid power plant from BMW i8 match for the exterior of the body – a stylish, original, and in some places is fantastic. Doors “gull-wing” rise up and shifted slightly forward, providing a wide but low doorway. In order to sit in the first row bucket seats, you need to jump over high and wide threshold, which is not so easy.
But on the rear seats in the best case will be able to get the children of primary school age, and to sit in the second row are not comfortable margin of space is minimal in all directions. As little space in the trunk, only 154 liters, but still not everyone can put the luggage, because the luggage compartment is located on the engine and it is very hot.
So as befits a sports car i8 hospitable to two of the people, the driver and his companion. Sitting comfortably in front, legroom is sufficient landing in sports is low, the steering wheel is mounted horizontally. Despite the unusual architecture of the front panel, center console and tunnel in every detail of the interior, down to the last button traced the spirit and style of BMW. All well-placed, as they say at hand and before the eyes of the driver – comfortable, functional and ergonomically.
Specifications BMW i8
Multifunction steering wheel with three spokes and rim chubby, digital instrument panel with three modes and color screen (Comfort – Blue, Sport – orange, Eco Pro – Blue plus Economy mode on plate’s tachometer) before the eyes of the driver. At the top of the dash 8.8-inch color screen multimedia system is able to recognize handwritten text (navigator, on-board computer with advanced audio system with USB and AUX, hard disk 20 GB, 7 speakers and even show pictures of the system drive, and eDrive circular chambers review) and controlled iDrive Touch Controller located on the center console. Available as curtains for both rows, electromechanical handbrake, rain and light sensors, LED backlight interior, electric adjustments and heated front seats, a combined seating and interior trim leather and fabric.
Specifications of the new sports coupe BMW i8 2014-2015 year can surprise not only ordinary motorists, but also advanced automotive technology specialists.