First US customers take delivery of their BMW i8 at 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Article by Christian A., on August 16, 2014

As you may know already, BMW announced that it will auction a one-off i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition at Pebble Beach, featuring a special BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance also marked the delivery of the first BMW i8 sports cars and among the happy owners we find Roger Penske a.k.a. Chairman of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and Team Penske.

Moreover, Rick Hendrick will also take the delivery of his i8 as well as Tony Fadell, Michale Fux, John Hendricks, Barry Klarberg, Miles Nadal, Sam Nazarian and Patrick Wachsberger. Each vehicle will carry the 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 231 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque but also an electric motor developing 131 hp (96 kW).

The petrol engine delivers to power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor powers the front wheels. With a total output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, the BMW i8 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds), while top speed is limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

Using just the power stored in the lithium-ion battery, the i8 offers a range of 20 miles (32 km) and a maximum speed of 75 mph or 120 km/h.

Both the design and the overall concept of the new BMW i8 could be considered as groundbreaking. The i8 boasts of hallmark BMW dynamics, lightweight design as well as efficiency – all of which are conveyed in its proportions, lines and surfaces. The new i8 isn't just a BMW i model, but is also a new-generation sports car.

The unmistakable appearance of the new BMW i8 is partly made possible by the structure of overlapping and interlocking surfaces, as emphasized by its color scheme. Thanks to this layering principle, BMW was able to wrap the car’s aerodynamic forms in a progressively styled package, with the dynamically formed wheel arches stealing attention away to the i8’s wide track

. Its compact construction -- differentiating both the electric motor and the combustion engine – enables the i8’s front and rear sections of the car to feature a low-slung design as well as highlight its stretched flanks. Its sports car design, meanwhile, is played up by doors that open forwards and upwards like wings.

The new BMW i8 features the so-called black belt, a signature feature of BMW i cars. This black belt comes out in a "V" shape from the bonnet of the i8 and extends through the roof into the rear end. Here, the black belt frames the center section of the rear apron and is overlapped by the "floating" roof pillars extending over the rear lights.

This black belt is framed by the body-colored apron and side panels on the front end. The new i8 also features the "stream flow" contour of the side window styling, which also decides the route taken by the air between character line rising through the rear flanks and the falling roofline.

Press Release

BMW Delivers First BMW i8 Sports Cars in the U.S. at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Today, BMW delivered the first plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sport cars at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s premier celebration of the automobile, in Carmel, Calif. In celebration of the revolutionary sports car made with carbon fiber, renowned Chef Thomas Keller is hosting an intimate dinner at the BMW Villa for a handful of the first owners of the BMW i8. In addition to hosting the special occasion, Chef Keller, who has set the standard within the hospitality industry with restaurants including Per Se in New York and French Laundry in Napa Valley, is joining the BMW i family after taking delivery of his BMW i8.

Among the first group receiving a BMW i8 is Roger Penske, Chairman of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and Team Penske, which operates race teams in both the NASCAR and IndyCar series. With a strong legacy in transportation services, Penske understands the significance of the plug-in sports car to the automotive industry. Rick Hendrick, Chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, currently the second-largest privately held dealership group in the country, will also be taking delivery of a BMW i8 during Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Additionally, Hendrick is the owner of Hendrick Motorsports, fielding four teams competing in the premier NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“Today marks an exciting day for BMW of North America, as we take another step towards furthering sustainable mobility with the BMW i8, the plug-in hybrid sports car made with carbon fiber,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America. “We are proud to see the i8, the second of BMW i’s visionary vehicles, enter the market.”

The list of those joining the exclusive dinner and taking delivery of a BMW i8 at the BMW Villa during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance also includes:
Tony Fadell, Founder and CEO of Nest, which reinvents unloved home products, like the thermostat.
Michael Fux, a pioneer in the mattress and bedding industry and is currently CEO of Comfort Revolution.
John Hendricks, Founder of the global media company Discovery Communications and Founder of Curiosity Project, a multi-platform service delivering highest-quality deep-dive content to lifelong learners.
Barry Klarberg, Founder, CEO, Monarch Business and Wealth Management.
Miles Nadal, Chairman, CEO President and Founder of MDC Partners, one of the largest advertising holding companies worldwide.
Sam Nazarian, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SBE, a leading global hospitality and entertainment company.
Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, a premier next generation global content leader.

Continuing the celebration of the U.S. arrival of the BMW i8, on Saturday, August 16, Jay Leno will present a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, which will be auctioned off during the annual Pebble Beach auctions. The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. For more information on the auction, please click here.

With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the BMW i8 operates with extremely low fuel consumption (76 MPGe) and emissions output, and is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph. The BMW i8 has an MSRP of $135,700. It joins BMW i’s growing lineup of visionary vehicles dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities.

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