The BMW Group at the Motor Show in Frankfurt (Frankfurt Motor Show) has brought its first hybrid electric i8. In the U.S., sales of BMW i8 sports coupe will begin in the spring of 2014, the cost is $ 135,925.
Recall that the BMW i8 concept was shown in September 2009.
At the heart of BMW i8 is a team of the three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine with support for technology TwinPower Turbo, which produces 231 hp and 320 Nm of traction on the rear wheels and an electric motor that develops 131 hp and 250 Nm of thrust. Together, it turns out 362 hp and 570 Nm. Motor delivers power to the front wheels through a two-step automatic gearbox. At the same time, at the disposal of the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission.
Lithium-ion battery for safety located in the center of the car, under the floor. It is equipped with a water cooling system. The battery can be recharged from a domestic 110V household outlet (less than four hours), with a special module BMW i Wallbox or charging stations. The battery capacity of 5 kWh
BMW i8 housing made of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic. To improve noise performance and weight reduction using tempered glass. Body length is 4689 mm, width – 1942 mm, height – 1293 mm. Wheelbase – 280 mm and the weight of BMW i8 is only 1490 kg.
From 0 to 100 km / h coupe accelerates in about 4.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited and is 250 km / h It should be pointed out that if only rely on the strength of the electric motor, the car accelerate more than 120 km / h will not succeed. Reserve in case of 35 km. According to the company’s electric car uses up to 100 km only 2.5 liters.
Control system Driving Experience Control button and eDrive allow you to select one of five trips. For example COMFORT mode and a full tank of gas can travel more than 500 km without needing charging and refueling stations. SPORT mode significantly improves the dynamic performance of electric vehicles, but it significantly reduces the power reserve.
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