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.