BMW’s flagship ‘i’ car will will cost more than 100,000 euros when it goes on sale in 18 months

The BMW i8 will cost more than 100,000 euros (£80,000) when it goes on sale in 18 months, head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson has confirmed.

“It is a super sports car and will be priced accordingly,” said Robertson. “The final price isn't decided but it will be priced up there with similar machinery.”

BMW’s flagship ‘i’ car will use a hybrid driveline likely to combine BMW’s upcoming 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with the same electric motor used by the i3.

Performance figures will rival those of the BMW M3 – 0-62mph in 4.8sec and a top speed limited to 155mph – but it won’t be the firm’s fastest production model. That accolade will remain with the twin-turbocharged V8-powered M5.

But with combined fuel economy of over 75mpg – thanks in part to extensive use of lightweight carbonfibre - and a CO2 emission rating of only 99g/km, it will certainly be among the company’s most frugal production cars.

 

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13 June 2012

Will this be pitched straight up against the 911 and R8 or will BMW use it as some sort of halo model just praised for it's looks and technology? And does the buyer of an £80k plus sports car really care about 75 mpg? I suppose the 99g/km will help company directors buy one for themselves as it'll allow the car to be written off against tax.

13 June 2012

A sporting BMW that's good looking, fast and technical will sell, low emissions and high MPG will only help it's cause.  Porsche and Ferrari are seeing the light too and are dipping their toes in the electric world.

 Over to you Aston Martin

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13 June 2012

If I was in the market for an £80k+ electric sports car, it would have to be a Tesla. The BMW is nothing but ugly with or without camoflague.  

13 June 2012

BenC30 wrote:

If I was in the market for an £80k+ electric sports car, it would have to be a Tesla. The BMW is nothing but ugly with or without camoflague.  

I would go for the BMW for the simple reason that BMW has a better dealer network than Tesla. 

13 June 2012

And more dealerships

BJN

13 June 2012

Hopefully this BMW i8 will set a new trend for lighter supercar sportscars with smaller more efficient powerplants.

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14 June 2012

"It is a super sports car and will be priced accordingly"

So say BMW ... Those who can afford to buy a £80K "super sports car" couldn't care less about its fuel consumption or CO2 emissions ... The fact this car qualifies for £0 VED and is free from London's Congestion Charge would not feature amongst reasons for buying this car ...

Granted this car now proves the technology exists for hybrids to achieve more bang for less effort and less use of dwindling natural resources, but PLEASE let's have it in a vehicle that us mere mortals can afford to buy!

14 June 2012

Suzuki QT wrote:

Granted this car now proves the technology exists for hybrids to achieve more bang for less effort and less use of dwindling natural resources, but PLEASE let's have it in a vehicle that us mere mortals can afford to buy!

What sort of price range are we talking about, 0-60 in 4.8 secs doesn't come cheap.   Or, there's the i3 which should be out next year.

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