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BMW Is Indeed Considering A More Powerful i8 Variant 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, Hybrids, Reports, Tech on 01 17th, 2018


BMW is investigating the possibility of launching a more powerful version of its i8 hybrid sports car on the back of customer demand for such a vehicle.
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Bentley Grabs The Top 3 Spots On IIHS’ List Of Vehicles With Highest Collision Losses 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Flying Spur, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW M6, IIHS, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati GranTurismo, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed the obvious, luxury and performance cars cost a fortune to repair following a collision.

While this isn’t an earth shattering revelation, some models cost significantly more than others and the Bentley Continental GT stands out at its collision losses are 6.5 times greater than the average of $390 for all passenger vehicles. Nearly seven percent of all Continental GTs are involved in a collision and the model has a claim severity (how much is paid per claim) of $35,744 and overall losses (a combination of claim frequency and claim severity) of $2,536.

The Continental GT had plenty of familiar company at the top of the “highest overall losses” list as it was joined by the Continental Flying Spur and Continental GTC. Coupes took the next three spots as the BMW i8 had losses of $1,657 which was closely followed by the Maserati GranTurismo and M6 Coupe. Rounding out the top ten spots were the Audi RS7, BMW M3, BMW M4, and Maserati Ghibli.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Smart ForTwo electric had the lowest overall losses of $162. Podium positions also went to the Ram 1500 LWB 4WD and Ford F-250 4WD. Perhaps the most interesting vehicle on the list was the Corvette Z06 convertible which had a claim severity of $7,145 and losses of just $204.

The IIHS says this type of information is particularly helpful as data from collision claims include many crashes that aren’t reported to police. The organization also notes more than half of collision claims for passenger vehicles cost less than $3,000 with the majority falling in the $1,000 to $1,999 range.

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This Is What You Get When You Mix Sports Cars With Crossovers 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo 4C, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW i8, Chevrolet Camaro, Ferrari 488, Ford Mustang, Honda / Acura NSX, McLaren 720S, Renderings on 12 24th, 2017


With automakers now busy producing more SUVs than ever before to satisfy increasing demand, we thought what a sports car-inspired crossover might look like.

Lamborghini has already done it, as the Urus isn’t just a large SUV with some Aventador-ish design elements, but rather something that genuinely looks like a supercar with higher ground clearance and four doors.

These renderings come courtesy of Jennings Motor Group and show us what some sports cars and supercars would look like if somebody suddenly decided to turn them into something more utilitarian.

2017 Ford Mustang

This one is actually not that far fetched. The proportions seem rather normal for a compact crossover, and since the Mustang’s front fascia isn’t too exotic, this design could actually work in the real world if the Blue Oval were to style the next Edge, for example, with a Mustang-inspired front end.

Alfa Romeo 4C

This design only works if you’re a fan of the Nissan Juke, as it’s almost as quirky as the latter. Of course, Alfa Romeo has already its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, but if you’re going to build a smaller crossover, the 4C’s wacky front end could be a solution of sorts. But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

McLaren 720S

The day will probably come when every single exotic car manufacturer will have their own SUV. Lamborghini opened the floodgates, and Porsche’s already been there for years. If the trend persists, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of McLaren or Ferrari partake in this trend, though the British supercar maker insists that it won’t get involved in that segment. We just hope that when that day comes, they’ll come up with something a bit sleeker than this.

BMW i8

If BMW were to actually build an SUV under its “green” sub-brand, it probably wouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since their i Program will undoubtedly grow to accommodate more and more body styles in the future. But would it work if it was designed to look like the i8? Probably not, although the front end doesn’t look that bad and, compared to other renderings, it looks more cohesive.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Here’s another automaker that is preparing to enter the SUV segment in the near future, with the production version of the DBX concept. We already know they’re not afraid to experiment, hence the Rapide, and they’ve already shown us multiple off-road concepts, but this one, inspired by the V12 Vantage, just doesn’t work as it looks like a big-mouthed Vantage.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Unlike the Mustang, the Camaro ZL1 is perhaps too aggressive to turn into a crossover but, surprisingly, this rendering, where you’ve got the front fascia of the ZL1 connected to the body of an SUV, looks quite interesting and sporty.

Ferrari 488

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne already confirmed that an SUV is probably happening, and while purists might yell “heresy”, we’re really looking forward to seeing what their idea of a utility vehicle is. We obviously hope it looks nothing like this 488-turned-Juke-rival, which really is an insult to the Prancing Horse.

Honda NSX

Honda and sister company Acura actually make plenty of crossovers, so they probably doesn’t need another one. Moreover, the styling of the NSX doesn’t really seem to work on anything other than a sleek supercar, but is this rendering that much weirder to look at than, say, the Toyota C-HR?

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New X2 And Updated i8 Coupe Spearhead BMW’s NAIAS Lineup 21
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW X2, concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, Hybrids, Reports on 12 21st, 2017


Two BMW models will celebrate their world premiere at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show between January 14-28, the updated i8 Coupe and the new X2 small crossover.

Aside from the two novelty acts, the Bavarian automaker will also show off their i8 Roadster First Edition, together with the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance.

The updated i8 Coupe brings with it a hybrid powertrain generating a total system output of 374 PS (368 HP), with the electric motor alone being good for 143 PS (140 HP), while also powering the vehicle all the way to 65 mph (105 km/h).

Customers can then push the eDrive button, which raises the all-electric top speed to 75 mph (120 km/h). In a straight line, the new i8 Coupe can get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while the i8 Roadster completes the sprint in 4.6 seconds.

Speaking of the Roadster, the First Edition version coming to Detroit is limited to a production run of just 200 units. These cars will also be available with all the body paint finishes and interior designs offered on the regular i8 Coupe and Roadster – including the newly introduced E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey Metallic.

As for the X2 crossover, it will bring its distinctive character to Detroit, showing off styling elements such as its BMW roundel on the C-pillars and its innovative take on the classic kidney grille, which has a wider outline at its base than at the top.

The first X2 version to hit the U.S. market will be the 228 HP (231 PS) xDrive28i, set to arrive in showrooms on March 3rd, 2018. The RWD-only sDrive28i model will join it a few months later.

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BMW To Stage World Debuts Of The X2 And i8 Coupe In Detroit 18
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW X2, Detroit-Auto-Show on 12 18th, 2017


The North American International Auto Show is less than a month away and BMW has announced plans to stage the world debuts of the X2 and i8 Coupe in the Motor City.

Starting with the X2, the model is based on the X1 but it eschews crossover-inspired styling for a funkier design that resembles a high-riding hatchback. In the United States, power will be provided by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 228 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. This will enable the X2 xDrive28i to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 143 mph (230 km/h).

Moving on to the i8 Coupe, the model follows in the footsteps of the i8 Roadster which was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features an updated powertrain with an improved lithium-ion battery which has a capacity of 11.6 kWh. The car has also been equipped with a more powerful three-cylinder engine and electric motor which helps to increase its maximum output to 369 hp (275 kW). Thanks to the extra power, the model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 4.2 seconds.

Both of the models will go on sale this spring and pricing will be announced closer to launch. However, a recent report suggested the X2 will have a base price of $39,395.

Besides the X2 and i8 Coupe, BMW will display the i3s, i8 Roadster, X3, M3 CS, and M5. The X7 concept will also be making an appearance.

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BMW To Stage World Debuts Of The X2 And i8 Coupe In Detroit 18
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW X2, Detroit-Auto-Show on 12 18th, 2017


The North American International Auto Show is less than a month away and BMW has announced plans to stage the world debuts of the X2 and i8 Coupe in the Motor City.

Starting with the X2, the model is based on the X1 but it eschews crossover-inspired styling for a funkier design that resembles a high-riding hatchback. In the United States, power will be provided by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 228 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. This will enable the X2 xDrive28i to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 143 mph (230 km/h).

Moving on to the i8 Coupe, the model follows in the footsteps of the i8 Roadster which was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features an updated powertrain with an improved lithium-ion battery which has a capacity of 11.6 kWh. The car has also been equipped with a more powerful three-cylinder engine and electric motor which helps to increase its maximum output to 369 hp (275 kW). Thanks to the extra power, the model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 4.2 seconds.

Both of the models will go on sale this spring and pricing will be announced closer to launch. However, a recent report suggested the X2 will have a base price of $39,395.

Besides the X2 and i8 Coupe, BMW will display the i3s, i8 Roadster, X3, M3 CS, and M5. The X7 concept will also be making an appearance.

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Seven Impossible Car Mashups That’ll Make Or Break Your Day 17
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW i8, Bugatti Chiron, Chevrolet Camaro, Classics, Dodge Charger, Ferrari LaFerrari, Fiat, Ford GT, Lamborghini Aventador, nissan gt-r, Nissan Juke, Pagani Huayra, Renderings, VW Beetle on 12 17th, 2017


Some car designs just don’t mix, and trying to force them together could make you lose your appetite. You’ve been warned.

First, worry not, because your eyes are not deceiving you. You truly are looking at seven of the most “unholy” car mashups we’ve ever seen. The only thing missing is for these cars to suddenly start speaking Latin and laugh maliciously.

But before we go looking for a priest, let’s run through each of these images, courtesy of Click Mechanic, and at least try to make some sense of what we’re looking at.

Let’s start with the Batmobile wannabe, you know, because at least it looks drivable.

#1 BMW i8 + Dodge Charger

The classic Charger and the modern BMW i8 couldn’t be more different. One is a plug-in hybrid with sporty features and futuristic looks, while the other is a gas guzzling muscle car that will mostly drive sideways if you don’t stay off the throttle.

Put them together and you might get something like this thing, which features a massive V8 with a blower, chrome bits on the wheel arches and a NASCAR-style spoiler at the rear. It’s weird, but at least it looks like it would be fun to drive, right?

#2 Bugatti Chiron + VW Beetle

This one makes sense from a branding standpoint, since VW owns Bugatti. You’ve got the all-new Chiron hypercar in one corner, and the classic VW Beetle in the other.

Make sure to take it all in, from the heavy chrome bumpers and alloys to the Beetle fenders. Overall though, you might as well put Dick Dastardly and Muttley in this car and call it a day, because it’s really wacky.

#3 Pagani Huayra + Chevy Camaro

Here’s another one you might be tempted to at least drive, since it’s comprised of a Pagani Huayra and a classic Chevrolet Camaro. It’s rugged American muscle meets crafty Italian engineering.

It’s got headlights from both vehicles, classic wheels, plus another NASCAR-style spoiler, just like on the i8 Charger. We’re not so sure about its aerodynamic properties though.

#4 Nissan GT-R + Nissan Juke

Another family affair, this time from Japanese automaker Nissan. It actually looks kind of cute, if we’re being honest, but don’t let that stop you from letting us know how much you hate it, if that’s the case.

Besides, if you’re a GT-R fan, the last thing you want is for it to be associated with something like the Juke, an urban-oriented crossover that never even got to break the Internet.

#5 Ford GT + Ford Raptor

If somebody ever managed to actually build this car, the waiting list on it might actually match that of the regular Ford GT. The mashup shows a very aggressive vehicle, one that should have no problem with going off-road, while able to win plenty of straight line races as well.

In a way, it’s the best of both worlds. The only thing missing is room for more passengers and luggage.

#6 Lamborghini Aventador + Lamborghini Tractor

If you want to take Lamborghini back to its early beginnings, you could then try to build something like this Aventador-inspired tractor and it probably wouldn’t be all that hard either.

All you need is the tractor, plus an Aventador front fascia, which doesn’t even have to come from the real car – some people can just make those for themselves. As for this one, it also features a massive winch and a connector for fitting it with a large plow.

#7 Ferrari LaFerrari + Fiat Multipla

This is a really fascinating combination, in the sense that on one hand you’ve got arguably the most beautiful car ever built in the LaFerrari, and then you’ve got one that many consider the ugliest car ever, in the Fiat Multipla. We can call this either the LaFiat or the LaMultipla, you decide.

The contrast between the two speaks volumes, and in a weird way, they kind of match, since they’re both Italian…but let’s not kid ourselves. Consider the hypercar properly insulted.

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BMW Drops The Top On New i8 Roadster (And Upgrades The Coupe Too) 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Gallery, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017


BMW is writing the next chapter of its flagship hybrid sports car with the reveal today not only of the new i8 Roadster, but an upgraded version of the i8 coupe as well.

The basic parameters are the same: plug-in hybrid powertrain, housed an aluminum chassis with a carbon-fiber monotub. But the battery boasts a higher capacity, and the hybrid powertrain more muscle to take the i8 even further (and faster).

The 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine now produces 231 horsepower (up from 228), and the electric motor 143 hp (up from 131 hp) for a combined output of 374 hp to rocket the i8 coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the roadster in 4.4 as they rocket towards their electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

With a battery pack upgraded from 20 Ah to 34 Ah and from 7.1 kWh to 11.6, it’ll also travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 65 mph (instead of just 43 mph) – or 75 mph in eDrive mode. All-electric range is up to 34 miles (for the coupe, 33 for the convertible) on the ambitious New European Driving Cycle.

Perhaps best of all is that you can now get the i8 with a folding soft-top. Aside from the slight performance penalty, it does mean sacrificing the rear seats, but with the inherent rigidity of the carbon cell, chopping the roof off nets only a 132-pound weight penalty for a curb weight quoted at 3,516 lbs.

That roof, incidentally, can raise and lower in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, folding into a compact Z-shaped vertical stack. The suspension’s been retuned for the roadster too, and new wheels for both versions reduce unsprung weight.

Following the debut of both versions at the LA Auto Show today, both versions are set to reach US showrooms next spring, with pricing to be revealed closer to launch.

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BMW i8 Roadster Teased, Debuts Later Today 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW i8, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV on 11 29th, 2017


It took BMW some 5 years to take the i8 Concept Spyder and turn it into a production model, but now it’s finally ready, and it will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, in just a few hours.

Teased one last time ahead of its official unveiling, the second member of the i8 family, after the Coupe, reveals its LED headlight design, but the main feature that will set it apart from its fixed-roof sibling is the electrically operated folding soft top.

We still don’t know anything official about its powertrain, but it’s expected to remain identical to the BMW i8, although some sources that it could benefit from a larger battery capacity, of 14kWh, instead of the current 7.1kWh one. If that’s the case, then its zero-emission driving range will rise to over 40 miles (64km).

It will also be interesting to see whether the new BMW i8 Roadster will continue to be offered with the two cramped rear seats that are found on the i8 Coupe, or if it will come solely as a two-seater, but happily, we won’t have to wait that long to find out.

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Spy Shooters Snap What Could Be The BMW i8 S Coupe 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 11 16th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and spy photographers have just snapped photos of what appears to be an upgraded i8 coupe.

Caught undergoing testing in Germany, the mysterious model has our spy shooters wondering if it’s the facelifted i8 or a more powerful i8 S. They’re inclined to believe it is the latter as this particular prototype has a deeper front splitter, a small rear spoiler, and what appears to be a fully enclosed hood.

We’re not entirely sure what the model is but the facelifted i8 is expected to have an upgraded powertrain that produces around 420 hp (313 kW). The i8 S, on the other hand, is expected to have up to 450 hp (335 kW).

BMW has been tight-lipped about the car but rumors have suggested the facelifted model will come with a larger lithium-ion battery that reportedly has a capacity of around 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

The updated i8 and i8 S are expected to be launched next year and the company could reveal some new details about the models in Los Angeles.

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BMW i8 Roadster Teased, Will Be Less Efficient Than The Coupe 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, video on 11 13th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and the company has just released a new teaser video of the upcoming model.

While the clip doesn’t show us the completed vehicle, it reveals the roadster will have a power retractable fabric roof and a small rear window.

The rest of the video doesn’t show much but it includes some preliminary fuel economy data and which discloses that the roadster will have a combined fuel economy rating (with the assistance of the electric motor) of 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg US / 134 mpg UK) and combined CO2 emissions of 48 g/km. These are slightly worse numbers than the current i8 Coupe which returns 2.0 L/100km (117 mpg US / 141 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of 44 g/km.

BMW hasn’t said much about the i8 Roadster but rumors have suggested the model could come with a larger lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of approximately 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

Besides the beefier battery, reports have suggested the car’s powertrain could be upgraded to produce up to 420 hp (313 kW). Nothing is official as of yet but we’ll likely find out soon enough.

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BMW Bringing New Electrified Model At LA Show, Likely The i8 Roadster 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW seems to have put an end to reports surrounding the time and place of the i8 Roadster’s presentation by announcing a new electrified model for the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Part of the brand’s commitment to offer 25 green cars by 2025, with 12 of those models to have zero-emission powertrains, the new BMW i8 Roadster will be based on its facelifted coupe sibling, bar the folding soft top.

Technically, it will remain identical to the regular i8, but it has been suggested that its battery capacity might double, from 7.1 to 14kWh. This means that the current electric range will be significantly improved, likely rising from 23 miles (37km), to over 40 miles (64km). Moreover, the entire powertrain is believed to be slightly updated as well, making a combined output of near 400hp.

Joining the i8 Roadster on the showroom floor will be the BMW i Vision Dynamics, an electric four-door Grand Coupe that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120mph (193km/h), while boasting a range of 373 miles (600km).

The MINI Electric Concept will also celebrate its North American premier in LA, alongside the BMW i3s. Other vehicles made by the BMW Group set to shine under the spotlight in the City of Angels are the newly-unveiled M3 CS, 8-Series Concept, X7 iPerformance Concept, M5, and 6-Series Gran Turismo, which is offered locally from $69,700, in the 640i xDrive specification.

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BMW Celebrates Building Its 100,000th i3 With A Giant Battery Farm 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, video on 11 5th, 2017


It’s been about four years since BMW started manufacturing the i3. And in that span of time, it’s produced 100,000 of them.

The milestone was celebrated at the plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Bavarian automaker assembles its dedicated range of electric vehicles.

The plant churns out i3s at a rate of over 120 units each day, totaling 26,631 last year alone. It also handles production of the i8 at a rate of eight to ten per day, for a total of 2,783 in 2016. The next addition to the range will be the i8 Roadster, set for release next year.

BMW also produces the 1 Series and 2 Series at the plant in Leipzig. Porsche also assembles the Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan at its own plant in the same city, the largest in the federal state of Saxony and the tenth largest city in Germany.

“We are proud of the 100,000th BMW i3 built by our plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3 is the original, a true technological pioneer,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “In the interests of sustainability, today we are also presenting a concept for the second use of BMW i3 high-voltage batteries. With our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we are looking far beyond the car itself and driving change in our industry with totally new approaches and business models.”

The battery storage farm in Leipzig uses the decommissioned power packs from as many as 700 i3s to absorb surplus power from the local grid and supply it back when electricity production is low.

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Someone Thrashed This Guy’s New BMW i8, Now He’s Offering $10,000 To Help Catch Vandal 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Offbeat News, video on 11 2nd, 2017


For some strange reason, there are people out there who enjoy vandalizing cars and over the weekend, an enthusiastic BMW i8 owner in Lindon, Utah had his pride and joy damaged out of the blue.
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BMW i8 Roadster To Finally Premiere At LA Auto Show 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


The long-awaited BMW i8 Roadster will premiere at the LA Auto Show later this month, BMW Blog reports.
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