BMW's i3 has gotten off to a good start, but its more expensive i8 version is doing better. The automaker says it has sold out the 2014 supply.
However, there was no mention how many units will be sold next year. The
BMW i8 is priced from €126,000 in Germany, while in the UK it has a
base price of £99,125. In the United States, BMW will offer the i8 from
Global sales chief Ian Robertson told Reuters news that there are nearly 10,000 orders for the i3 electric car, for which deliveries started in mid-November in Germany.
The BMW i8 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbocharged petrol engine developing 231 PS (228hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque that drives the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a synchronous electric motor developing 96kW (129hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque that turns the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission. There’s also a 5 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery with liquid cooling.
The car’s combined system output of 362 PS (357hp) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
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There are plenty of good reasons to decide to buy a used car over a new one. The first, and most obvious, is, of course, the price. A used car isn't going to set you back nearly as much as the equivalent new one. But that's far from the only reason to do it. You often have more choice over a used car, since you're not limited to those just off the factory line, and you have a greater chance to find out what the car is like from people who have actually owned them. Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't things that you need to look out for when you purchase a used vehicle. In fact, a used car comes with its own set of concerns that you need to be aware of. Here are a few things that you should definitely consider before buying a new car. Read more