First Deliveries For The BMW i8 Starting In June


March 11, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 7, 2015

With the completion of the development work  and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in  Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the  first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main  European markets. Beforehand, special public events will be held  in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in  the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with  separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series production of  customer vehicles will commence in April. Customers have already been  able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since  autumn 2013. However, demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding  the planned production volume during ramp-up.

Further improvements to the BMW i8 specifications  
In parallel to the completion of the statutory type  approval the BMW engineers were also able to achieve a further  improvement of key driving performance and fuel consumption data.  Thanks to its novel  powertrain concept BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid  configuration, the i8 combines a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of  4.4 seconds with an  EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1  litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The  related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km .

Every-day fuel economy   substantially better than all conventional sports car concepts
Although the results achieved in the EU test cycle allow for  quick comparisons with other vehicles and despite their relevance  ​​for a favorable taxation in many countries, the BMW i8 engineers hat  a particular focus on low fuel consumption in real life. As a  result the BMW i8 shows extraordinary efficiency not only in  standardized testing procedures, but also in the practice of everyday traffic:

In typical everyday commuting, with the battery fully charged at  the beginning, the BMW i8 can return a fuel consumption below 5  litres/100 km (more than 56 mpg imp) around town.  If the commute  includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres (more than  40 mpg imp) are achievable.. Even in longer-distance operation at  higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8  litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp). Overall, the fuel consumption of  the plug-in hybrid model therefore works out around 50 per cent better  than that of conventionally powered sports car models.

World’s first production car with laser light.
Introduction of the optional BMW laser headlights is  scheduled for autumn 2014, when the BMW i8 will become the world’s  first production car to offer this innovative lighting technology. BMW  laser headlights are around 30 per cent more energy-efficient than the  BMW i8’s standard LED headlights and provide considerably more  powerful road illumination, with a range of up to 600 metres. Highly  concentrated beams of light from high-performance laser diodes act on  a fluorescent phosphor material inside the headlight, which projects a  sharply focused beam of light onto the road. The laser headlights  produce a light similar to natural daylight and are therefore always  easy on the eye.

BMW eDrive: Sports car powertrain of the future.
The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a 170 kW/231 hp,  320 Nm (236 lb-ft)  three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower  Turbo technology and a 96 kW/131 hp, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) hybrid  synchronous electric motor. The BMW eDrive system also includes a  lithium-ion high-voltage battery (with a usable capacity of 5,2 kWh)  and intelligent energy management that uses the combined output of  266 kW/362 hp to provide breathtaking performance and maximum  efficiency, while always taking into account the driving situation and  driver requirements. The excellent balance between driving pleasure  and fuel economy is aided by a low vehicle weight of 1,485 kg (DIN  kerb weight) and an unusually good drag coefficient (Cd) for a sports  car of 0.26.

In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 120  km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU  test cycle. Depending on whether the plug-in hybrid sports car’s  lithium-ion battery is recharged at a household power socket or BMW i  Wallbox, or at a public charging station, charging times range from  less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers  mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 2.6  seconds. The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).