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Published on January 1st, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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BMW i8 To Compete With Lexus LFA supercar

It appears that BMW is working hard on its upcoming supercar, current code name i8 or better known on the www as the Vission EfficientDynamics, and it appears that the car is very close to the production version, as you can see the photos released by spy photographer. In these latest photos, the BMW i8 seems to be doing test runs at the race circuit. For those who don’t know about the facts of this car, it will use a combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle.

The total output delivered by the car will be 241 kW/328 bhp, enough we’d say to push the vehicle from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. Still, the fuel consumption delivered by the car will be only 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101). However before the i8 goes into production, the diesel engine might be replaced by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol unit rated at 190 hp. Fuel efficiency experts can expect to get up to 435 miles out of a 6.6-gallon tank and a fully charged set of lithium-ion batteries. In EV mode, however, the driving range is limited to 31 miles.

Furthermore, the car can act as a full-electric car for 50 kilometers or 31 miles, while with some help from the 24-litre diesel tank it will deliver a total range of up to 700 km or 435 miles. Regarding its price, Ian Robertson, BMW Sales and Marketing Director said that the upcoming Vision EfficientDynamics supercar will cost less than 150,000 British Pounds or about USD$200,000. Translated into Malaysian pricing, expect a selling price of about RM1.2million which is not that shady (factoring taxes and local costs).


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