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Tesla has some competition for high end hybrids: BMW i8S

BMW turns 100 years old and apparently this is one of the things they're making to mark the occasion:

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Whereas today’s BMW i8 marries its turbo three-cylinder’s 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque with 129 hp and 184 lb-ft from its electric motor, the new flagship’s gas-electric powertrain reportedly will boast a combined output in excess of 500 hp, with torque of around 500 lb-ft. Why can’t we be more specific? Because right now, the new mid-engine plug-in supercar is still being evaluated in two different configurations. One features a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four rated at approximately 320 hp; the other one boasts a 3.0-liter straight-six good for close to 480 hp. While the gasoline engine drives the rear wheels just as in the BMW i8, the electric motor propels the front wheels. Its power output is 109 hp when mated to the six and 204 hp when supporting the four. Common to both versions is a rear-mounted integrated starter generator, which develops 27 hp. A dual-clutch transmission parses the torque into nine slices. Although the curb weight of the S model is bound to exceed the 3,455 pounds recorded for the i8, the extra 150-plus horses should nonetheless provide a clear performance advantage. The top speed may again be limited to 155 mph, but the 0-62 mph acceleration is said to improve from 4.1 to 3.5 seconds.

Since strong demand suggests that BMW could have charged more for the base i8 (pictured here) than $136,625 with destination, the i8S will likely carry a 30 percent premium over its sibling.

Read more: http://www.automobilemag.com/feature...#ixzz3H6jemXBV
Personally I hope they go with the straight six version Otherwise it has independent AWD, insta-torqs, can't get stranded like pure electrics - N2B Looks nice too:





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Looks pretty good.. the E36 M3 is still better though, obv.
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This one does have a bit of that "trying too hard" thing going as far as futuristic hybrid styling, but that's what all the big-tech ballers and early adopters want.
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Looks pretty good.. the E36 M3 is still better though, obv.

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Any one scrounge up images or illustrations of the S model yet? There is a lot going for the standard i8 design, hopefully they do not over-reach with this special edition. One thing is for sure, M elements will be avoided as BMW and M have both stated that the i division is a different animal and the two will 'never' intersect. In a couple of years I'm sure that will change as marketing departments usually win any internal struggle for brand identity and direction.
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I must be the only person in the world who thinks those things are totally fugly. I'd much rather have a Tesla.
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Any one scrounge up images or illustrations of the S model yet? There is a lot going for the standard i8 design, hopefully they do not over-reach with this special edition. One thing is for sure, M elements will be avoided as BMW and M have both stated that the i division is a different animal and the two will 'never' intersect. In a couple of years I'm sure that will change as marketing departments usually win any internal struggle for brand identity and direction.

Yea I was thinking about that too, youre prolly right it only makes sense. I'm surprised the M3 doesnt use KERS yet
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I must be the only person in the world who thinks those things are totally fugly. I'd much rather have a Tesla.

BMW gave up making good-looking cars years ago.
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I have never seen that in person, have you?
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There was black one in my work parking lot. made me sad.
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I must be the only person in the world who thinks those things are totally fugly. I'd much rather have a Tesla.
I'd love to have a Tesla for my next car if the price becomes more reasonable. One big reason is that they have a habit of updating the software on the older models with features the new ones are getting.

The rest of the manufactures need to get the picture. Just because you start putting lots of technology in cars doesn't mean people will buy a new one each year like cell phones for the latest software magic. (although some rich idiots might)
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