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2015 BMW i8

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  • BMW i8
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    357
  • MPG(Cty):
    28
  • Torque @ RPM:
    420
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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BMW’s supercar, the M1, was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.

There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.

As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.

Updated 9/1/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!

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2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Is it a preview of the i5... or maybe the i7?

With the EV war in full swing and every manufacturer trying to prove their dominance in this small but growing segment, it came as no surprise that there were plenty of EV and future concepts display at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. One such concept was the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – a model that previews a production model that will slot between the BMW i3 and BMW i8, and most likely the BMW i5 that we thought for sure was coming to Frankfurt this year. Whether or not this thing is anywhere near being ready for a shift into production remains to be seen, it has a pretty wild exterior design but, as a sedan, it will slot in nicely below the i8. It features a futuristic-like exterior design, along with an all-electric drivetrain.

As of now, details about this specific concept are scant at best. BMW hasn’t even enlightened us with any information about the interior and has given us very little about the drivetrain itself, so this is pretty much a best guess scenario. It’s also one of the 12 promised, pure-electric models that will grace Bimmer’s lineup by 2025 and stand next to another 13 electrified/hybrid vehicles. With that said, it’s time to take a good look at the latest vision concept and see what we might be able to expect from the mysterious and evasive i5 or maybe even an i7 since the i5 could end up being an SUV according to a report back in 2016. So, there are a lot of unknowns here, but that just means we can have fun with it. Let’s get to it.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept.

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2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

BMW’s supercar, the M1, was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.

There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.

As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.

Updated 9/1/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read all about the upcoming i8

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Spy Shots: BMW i8 takes its turn testing in Northern Sweden

A few days ago, our spy photographers were able to catch the future BMW i3 during its winter testing in Northern Sweden and now the small electric car has been shelved to give the i8 a chance to do the same. It’s still wearing the same amount of camouflage the i3 was sporting, but a few features peeked through for our viewing pleasure.

The production BMW i8 will generally stay faithful to the concept’s design, but there are a few changes. The biggest change seems to be the doors and the design of the rear lights. The new design is still unknown, but something is definitely up because the rear lights are completely covered in camouflage. The front end has also been slightly modified, designed in the spirit of BMW’s latest design language started by the new 3-Series.

For the i8’s production version, BMW will combine a 1.5 liter inline 3 engine with two electric motors. Each of the electric motors will push out 95 HP and, when combined with the engine, will leave the final output somewhere in the 400 HP area. It has been rumored that the vehicle’s autonomy will be in the 400km/249 miles area, while fuel economy has been announced at 58 MPG.

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics stars in Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics stars in Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol

The Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol will air on December 16, 2011, but while many people think Tom Cruise will be the star of the show, we would beg to differ. If we do find ourselves checking out the fourth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, we’ll be doing so just to get a glimpse of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car that will inspire the production BMW i8 version.

"We are thrilled to be involved again in another Hollywood Blockbuster," said Ian Robertson, BMW AG Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "The BMW Group leads the way in developing future mobility with a focus on sustainability. One great example is the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car which will be presented in the film. With its futuristic design and large glass surfaces, the car offers a fascinating perspective on the future of sheer driving pleasure – in combination with maximum efficiency. Also with BMW ConnectedDrive technology, it is the perfect car for Ethan Hunt to outsmart his pursuers through narrow streets and busy city traffic."

Hit the jump to watch the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol trailer, but more importantly, pay close attention to the one minute mark to catch a glimpse of the BMW i8.

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Top Speed's Top 10 Hybrid/Electric Sports and Super Cars

Top Speed’s Top 10 Hybrid/Electric Sports and Super Cars

Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.

That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.

Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.

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BMW puts $200,000 price tag on the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics production car

BMW puts $200,000 price tag on the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics production car

For all the things BMW has done to showcase their Vision Efficient Dynamics vehicle, there are still a lot of questions surrounding it, especially when it comes to details on the production version.

For one, we still don’t have an official name for it. Rumors have floated around saying that it’s going to be called the “Project i Coupe,” but no official announcement has been made. By the same token, despite the plethora of teaser photos, videos, and renderings done on the car, we’ve barely scratched the surface on knowing exactly what the car is going to look like. So while we’re excited about the production version of the VED, we’d appreciate it if BMW answered at least some of our questions.

Thankfully, BMW has finally relented, and though it still didn’t budge on giving the official look and the name of the car, it did give us an idea of how much it’s going to cost.

In an interview with Inside Line, BMW’s sales chief Ian Robertson estimated that the forthcoming BMW supercar will be priced at "less than £150,000 ($240,000)," which should come at somewhere around $200,000. That’s definitely good news for those who prefer this car over its direct competitor, the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell, which is rumored to come with a $250,000 price tag when it goes on sale in 2012.

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Video: the story behind the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

Video: the story behind the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW has just launched the "unscripted", a series about people, talking about their life, passion and joy with the brand BMW. And the first man talking about his passion is Juergen Greil, one of the engineers behind the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept.

The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a 2+2-seater plug-in hybrid model powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine combined with two electric motors. All three of them are delivering 356 hp and a peak torque of 590 lb-ft. Fuel consumption is reduced to 75.1 mpg imp, while CO2 emissions is just 99 grams/km. The new hybrid concept can hit a top speed of 155 mph, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 4,8 seconds. We have to remind you that a production version is set to be unveiled in early 2012.

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BMW confirms production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology

BMW confirms production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology

It seems that yesterday’s rumors were true: BMW will indeed offer a production version of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The announcement has been made official today by BMW.

The company said: "By developing a sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study for serial production, the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer underscores its position as a global leader in the production of sporty vehicles with exemplary efficiency. All current models are fitted as standard with extensive measures for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The innovations used for this purpose are based on the development strategy BMW EfficientDynamics, which also includes BMW ActiveHybrid technology as well as purely electrical drive systems. With the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, two serial production vehicles have already been launched in which a BMW-specific combination of combustion and electric drive results in an especially efficient increase in the driving dynamics so characteristic of the brand."

The concept car features a combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 328 HP. BMW did not announce what kind of engine the future sports car will feature, but at least we know there will be one!

Press release after the jump.

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BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics gets green light for production

BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics gets green light for production

And we thought BMW’s Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept would never see the production light of day. But now, it seems our prayers have finally been answered. Rumor has it that the neckties over at BMW have finally decided to send the VED concept to the production block. Hooray for us!

We’ve also learned a few details about the car that could be of interest to anyone who’s ever dreamed of one day owning this hybrid machine. For starters, the car will come with a carbon fiber chassis and would be powered by a gas hybrid or a fully electric motor with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder motor that produces 181 horsepower and paired to two electric motors that produce 93 horsepower each.

Hit the jump for more info.

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BMW's "Joy is Futureproof" commercial features BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car

BMW’s "Joy is Futureproof" commercial features BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car

BMW’s latest line of commercials goes a long way in explaining just how far BMW has come in providing its customers with its Efficient Dynamics philosophy to almost all of the cars in its fleet. While the ad may be remembered for the appearance of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept, the whole message is pretty simple and clear-cut: despite boasting of some pretty state-of-the-art technological features, the Vision EfficientDynamics concept is far from what they consider a new car.

Rather, the concept is a model of just about every car BMW has built, with an eye towards using technology that maximizes what every car-loving individual looks for in a car: the joy of driving.

Watching the commercial is one thing, but understanding what it represents for BMW – now and in the future – is completely a different thing. As far as BMW is concerned, their mission has shifted from producing powerful cars to producing cars that are still powerful yet can also boast of being supremely efficient.

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics into production?

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics into production?

Unveiled back at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is now rumored to entering production. According to sources at InsideLine, BMW will produce between 5,000 and 10,000 units of the 21st century plug in hybrid keeping the same diesel burning and electric poer train combination. According to the same sources at Edmunds, this might be the second true production super car after the Giugiaro M1, but "there will be less of the synthetic glass and more solid structure added to the final design." We expect the production version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics 2+2 seater plug in hybrid to debut sometime in 2012.

Powered by a three cylinder turbo diesel power plant combined with two electric motors for a maximum output of 356 HP and 590 lb-ft of peak torque. This ensures that the new 2+2 will consume 75.1 MPG and emit only 99 grams/km of CO2 while being able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and reach a very green top speed of 155 MPH.

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Video: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics at the LA Auto Show

Video: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics at the LA Auto Show

If you made a poll on what concept car that was revealed in 2009 would stick to the minds of pistonheads all over the world, one that would sit on top of the list is BMW’s revolutionary Vision EfficientDynamics concept.

Ever since it was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the Vision EfficientDynamics has been the talk of the automotive world, and rightfully so. We’ve gone over all the specifications, photos and videos of the car and it seems like all of it still isn’t enough to satiate our appetites for this concept car.

So before the year ends, we have a new video of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics courtesy from the folks over at Edmunds Car Pool. This video was taken during the recently-concluded LA Auto Show where it takes us on an up-close tour of the car while it was prominently displayed during the event.

Enjoy.

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Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger welcomes the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept to the LA Auto Show

Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger welcomes the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept to the LA Auto Show

BMW’s new hybrid concept, the Vision EfficientDynamics, made its way to the LA Auto Show and it didn’t take long for the car to attract quite an audience; the most noteworthy of which is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

During his press conference highlighting green cars, the ‘Governator’ got a chance to get behind the wheel of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept where he was given a quick tour of the vehicle by Peter Miles, BMW of North America’s executive vice president of operations.

After making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept captured the world’s attention mostly because of its revolutionary design and never-before heard of performance capabilities, including the capacity to travel 431 miles before it needs to be recharged and refuelled.

And while most Americans have waited months to see the car up-close, their wait has finally come to an end when the Vision EfficientDynamics makes its long-awaited appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

And as always, Governor Schwarzenegger got first dibs on getting as close as close can get on the car.

Photo courtesy of Danny Mosholok of Newscast

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BMW M1 rumored to make return in 2012

BMW M1 rumored to make return in 2012

The overwhelmingly positive response of the ‘Jetsons-esque’ Vision EfficientDynamics may have given BMW the shot in the arm it has long waited for.

Due to the glorious feedback generated by the concept car, BMW is not tinkering with the idea of bringing back the M1 by 2012 where it would be based on the 2+2 coupe concept of the Vision EfficientDynamics.

The rumoured M1 will also come with the same hybrid powertrain that comes with the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, a sign that BMW may be more serious than anyone ever thought about the its efforts in becoming more eco-friendly.

In the event that it does use the hybrid powertrain, the M1 will be expected to carry a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that comes with an electric motor. The power output expected to come out of this set-up is expected to reach as much as 350 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, we’re not expecting the M1 to look remotely close to that of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, although we are anticipating that BMW will take a few styling cues from the concept and adapt it to the M1. After all, what’s the point of basing the car to the concept if it won’t have any resemblance to it?

In any event, if this supposed reincarnation of the M1 is all BMW says it would be, then we can expect it to generate the same type of reaction the Vision EfficientDynamics concept got in Frankfurt. And that’s going to be great news for the boys of BMW.

Photos courtesy of Fox Syndication

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Video of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics launch

Video of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics launch

It’s no secret that out of all the winners at the recently-concluded Frankfurt Motor Show, the biggest one of them all might have been BMW.

From the track-inspired theme, to the slew of unveilings, BMW really did strike gold and the biggest nugget of gold was, without question, their latest concept car, the Vision EfficientDynamics concept.

And now, while the IAA has come and gone, whispers surrounding the revolutionary new BMW still persists seemingly everywhere we go, with some rumors even floating around that the car may become the standard for future BMW sports cars.

We’re pretty sure that a lot of you still have dreams about this car. Don’t be ashamed, we have them too. So to satiate your cravings, we’ve posted a couple of new videos during the car’s official unveiling at Frankfurt.

Click after the jump for the next video.

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics officially unveiled at Frankfurt preview event

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics officially unveiled at Frankfurt preview event

Ladies and gentlemen, Frankfurt has arrived!

In what is being expected as one of the most star-studded Frankfurt Motor Shows in recent years, BMW threw the first salvo by officially unveiling its Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid super car in one of Frankfurt’s first preview events.

Leading the unveiling was BMW chairman and CEO Dr. Robert Reithofer who commented that the new super car boasts of one of the world’s most technically advanced engines and body construction technology.

The car is by all means everything we’ve been talking about for the past couple of months. It’s got the 2+2 seat configuration and is powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo diesel hybrid making it capable of churning our as much as 356 horsepower. The car clocked impressive times in its’ 0-100 kmh test time, clocking in at just around 4.8 seconds – a jaw dropping number considering the car’ average fuel consumption reads at only 3.76-L/100km.

Although the car seems to be impressive in every aspect, Reithofer did put in a word of caution, saying that the Vision EfficientDynamics is far from a finished product and BMW is still looking at other means by which improve the car’s efficiency down the road.

Click after the jump for Part 2.

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BMW Vision Efficientdynamics Concept spied on the streets of Munich

BMW Vision Efficientdynamics Concept spied on the streets of Munich

The crew from Car and Driver spotted the real live BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car in front of the BMW Welt Delivery Center in Munich just outside the German based car company’s headquarters a short while ago. Up until now we have only been privy to teasers, renderings and factory stills; but this photo gives the vehicle the sense of being a real car, and that is because it is.

The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a 2+2-seater plug-in hybrid model powered by a 1.5 Liter three cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 163 HP and 214 lb-ft of torque that is combined with two electric motors mated to a DTC gearbox to produce a very efficient sports car. All three power generators work together to deliver a maximum output of 356 HP and a peak 590 lb-ft of torque while fuel consumption is reduced to a very impressive 75.1 MPG. That much economical power allows the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and reach top speed of 155 MPH.

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2010 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

2010 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

Set to be revealed in two weeks time at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the first details on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept were revealed during this week-end. BMW described the new concept as a "symbol for future high-performance driving dynamics and driving pleasure all with a pioneering level of efficiency".

The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a 2+2-seater plug-in hybrid model powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine combined with two electric motors. All three of them are delivering 356 hp and a peak torque of 590 lb-ft. Fuel consumption is reduced to 75.1 mpg imp, while CO2 emissions is just 99 grams/km. The new hybrid concept can hit a top speed of 155 mph, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 4,8 seconds.

The concept is all about energy recovery; in order to do that, all the electric power generated while driving is being captured thanks to the new Brake Energy Regeneration technology, without additional fuel consumption. A further option is to connect the lithium-polymer cells to a conventional power socket for a simple and efficient charge process, using a plug-in connector in the front-right wing of the car. In electric mode the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics has an estimated range of approx 31 miles.

Press release after the jump.

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