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2015 BMW i8 Prototype

M Meets Edison The real telling moment for the new BMW i division will be seeing how the recently tested 2014 i3 sells in its various markets, since that is the car that changes how we perceive our expectations of the brand. But this 2015 BMW i8 green supercar has all the earmarks of a slam-dunk project, we just needed to drive it and make sure for ourselves. BMW has a spectacular test facility in southern France, called Miramas, and that's where we just had our first brief go behind the wheel of the i8. There were three cars for us there and they were dressed up in exactly the same... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.5L I3, E-motor
Power:
357 HP / 420 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto, 2-Speed for E-motor
Base Price:
$120,000 (est.)
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