BMW i8 US Launch Set For July

6 months ago by Inside EVs Staff 0

BMW i8 Live in Detroit

BMW i8 Live in Detroit

BMW USA website announces that the automaker’s first hybrid sportscar, the BMW i8, will launch this July.

BMW i8 Live in Detroit

BMW i8 Live in Detroit

Initially rumored to debut in Spring, the high-tech i8 will arrive at dealerships mid-year but won’t be sitting in showrooms for long.

Editor’s Note: This post, written by Horatiu Boeriu, originally appeared on BMW Blog.  Check it out by clicking here.

At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW, said the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, due to be introduced in mid-2014, has sold out for its first year of availability. Robertson did not say how many the company will sell in that first year.

We learned from unofficial sources that around 300 units of the i8 will be sold this year in the U.S., but a few thousand more will be available in 2015.

BMW i8

BMW i8

In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700.

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

BMW Blog recently test drove the BMW i8 and you can read those first drive impressions here.

Source: BMW Blog

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