BMW Electric Cars a Hit, as the i8 Sells Out and 10K i3 Orders Roll In
It looks like BMW hit the jackpot with its new lineup of electric and hybrid vehicles. While we weren’t very sure about the success of the i3 — its looks being the main cause of concern — it appears that BMW has already received a total of 10,000 orders for it, with the first units already being delivered to customers in Germany last week.
Along with the i3, the new i8 supercar is also a great hit, but that’s no surprise here. While BMW did not reveal just how many units will be delivered in its first year of production, it did announce that all i8 units are sold out. So, if you planned to buy an i8, you will now have to wait another two years.
On the U.S. market, both models will go on sale in 2014, with the i3 starting at $42,275 and the i8 checking in at $135,925.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.
The BMW i8 was previewed by two different concept cars and underwent a ton of testing before the production version finally arrived at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The i8 is powered by a hybrid system that combines a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that delivers 231 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque driving the rear wheels. There is also an electric motor that produces 131 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque driving the front wheels.
With a combined output of 362 horsepower, the i8 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and sprints to a top speed of 155 mph.