For people who have always wanted to see the the much-anticipated BMW i8 Concept Roadster, BMW will soon grant your wish.
BMW has announced that the North American debut of its concept, open-top supercar will occur at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public next week. This debut will allow people to actually enjoy the design in person and will also give us some insight on the future design language that the Bavarian giant will employ.
It’s not only the design that will impress, but the theoretical performance of the concept is also to be admired. Powered by a frugal 3-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 134 horsepower and an electric motor that produces 220 horsepower, the total output of the powertrain comes close to 354 horsepower. With its modular carbon-fiber construction and 50-50 weight distribution, this hybrid powertrain propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph.
With hybrid technology being this concept’s key selling point, you likely expect exceptional fuel economy. Well, the i8 definitely doesn’t disappoint in that aspect, as it features an impressive 78 mpg.
The i8 Roadster will be launched for sale sometime in 2014 and is expected to cost about $130,000. If this is true, then roadster enthusiasts, start saving up because this Bimmer is truly a keeper.
A NEW BMW i CONCEPT VEHICLE WILL MAKE ITS WORLD DEBUT AND THE BMW i8 CONCEPT ROADSTER WILL MAKE NORTH AMERICAN AUTO SHOW DEBUT AT THE 2012 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
BMW Will Also Make World Debut of the New BMW X1-based Concept, the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride
A new BMW i Concept vehicle will make its world debut and the BMW i8 Concept Roadster will make its North American auto show debut at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show on Wednesday, November 28th at the BMW Stand at 3:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa Street) in Los Angeles. The new BMW i Concept and BMW i8 Concept Roadster vehicles are the next generation of vehicles from BMW i, BMW’s brand dedicated to sustainability and future mobility. In addition, BMW will unveil the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride for cold weather sports enthusiasts.
The new BMW i Concept will join BMW i’s growing lineup of visionary concept vehicles which are purpose-built from the ground up as electric and hybrid electric and constructed primarily from lightweight carbon fiber. The first two vehicles under the BMW i brand, the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will come to market in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The BMW i8 Concept Roadster is an open-top two-seater featuring an athletic design and a sleek, low slung, silver and bright blue exterior. The i8 Concept Roadster operates with extremely low fuel consumption (78 mpg) and emissions output. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
Just in time for the 2013 winter season BMW, in partnership with winter sports equipment supplier K2, will make the world debut of the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride. Designed for cold weather sports enthusiasts the vehicle embodies both the surefooted and responsive driving characteristics of the BMW X1 and comes equipped with roof rails, door sill strips, a snowboard bag, all-weather floor mats, roof mounted Harman Kardon sound system, ambient lighting, and 18" alloy wheels.
The automaker will also feature the newly updated 2013 BMW 7 Series which will set new benchmarks in its class for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety. New features include a selection of fuel-saving strategies like stop/start technology, regenerative braking and a driver selectable “eco” driving mode. The new 7 Series also boasts a revised exterior that include new technologies such as such as available LED headlights. The interior is similarly enhanced with a newly redesigned navigation system offering faster rendering and 3D maps, while i Drive gets a revised menu structure and enhanced voice commands.
DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
TIME: Press Conference: 3:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. PST; Interviews: All Day
PLACE: The Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 South Figueroa Street