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2015 BMW i8 [w/video]

The most important thing to keep in mind while driving BMW's all-new i8 is that it's not a product of the company's vaunted M division. Sleek sports-coupe design, carbon-fiber construction and blistering acceleration may cause automotive enthusiasts to drool, but the i8 has not been conceptualized, engineered or assembled to be another one of BMW's world-class track stars. Instead, the i8 has been hatched as a progressive sports car from the Bavarian outfit's new i division, which "represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of ... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.5L I3 + 96-kW Motor
Power:
362 HP / 420 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto + 2-Speed gearbox
Base Price:
$135,700
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