BMW i8 Availability

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2014 BMW North America releases final price, options, packages, wheel options

BMW of North America has released final pricing, options, packages and wheel options for the new 2014 BMW i8.

The majority of i8 orders were allocated as the ‘Pure Impulse World’ limited launch package that will be available in model year 2014 and 2015 only and costs $10,800. 90% of the production was secured for this package in order to meet the expected demand.

Pure Impulse Package

  • Carum Spice Grey full perforated leather
  • i8 designation on headrests
  • Seat belt in BMW i Blue
  • Surface of gear selector switch in zirconium oxide ceramic
  • Floor mats with leather border in black with contrast stitching in BMW i Blue
  • Engine/Trunk Cover in black leather
  • Laser engraved i8 door sill finishers
  • All brake calipers painted in black high-gloss with blue detail and ‘BMW i’ designation
  • BMW i Pure Impulse Card for the BMW i Pure Impulse Experience Program (details TBA)

The remaining 10% of the production will be for the ‘Tera World’ package and ‘Giga World’ which is $3000 or $2000 option, respectively.

Base price USA Port of Entry for the 2014 BMW i8 is $135,700.

BMW i8 Orders and pricing in Japan

BMW has announced that they are now taking pre-orders for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 in Japan. The i8 plug-in hybrid supercar is scheduled to arrive in Japan in summer of 2014.Extremely wide and low, the BMW i8 is a sports car at first glance. With nearly perfect 50:50 front to rear weight distribution, the i8 has the basis for the characteristics of a classic sports car.The intelligent plug-in hybrid system uses a 131 hp electric motor on the front axle, and the rear axle is driven by a BMW TwinPower 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine with 231 hp of peak performance. Together the pair accelerates the BMW i8 from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds.Depending on what the driving situation demands, all four wheels can be powered simultaneously, or instead front, or rear, or all-wheel drive can be utilized.Top speed in fully-fledged all-wheel-drive mode is 250 km/h.

The i8 has a variety of driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport and the eDrive button optimizes the vehicle properties of your BMW i8 according to the current driving situation.

In pure electric mode, an all electric range of 35 kms is possible.

In the COMFORT mode, the fully-charged BMW i8 starts electrically. Purely electrical driving up to approximately 60 km/h is possible in the city; even pulling away from traffic lights and overtaking are purely electrical.

The ECO PRO mode allows the BMW i8 to maximize its efficiency. The acceleration, engine settings, heating and cooling systems are all adjusted to be as efficient as possible. Pure electrical driving is possible up to a maximum of 60 km/h.

SPORT mode activates vehicle settings specifically suited to sporty driving. The combustion engine and the electric motor work together to provide driving torque with full dynamics, the accelerator’s characteristic line is programmed to react instantaneously and the driver gets the full impact of the electric motor’s boost function.

By pressing the eDrive button, the i8 demonstrates its pure electric performance. This button can be used in COMFORT and ECO PLUS modes. In COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without help from the gasoline engine until the battery is almost completely discharged.

BMW i8 Pricing

US Pricing: On September 9th, 2013, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW announced that the BMW i8 would cost $135,925 in the US. That price includes the destination and handling charges.

Japanese Pricing: On November 15th, BMW said the i8 will be priced from ¥ 5,460,000 (including 8% consumption tax) or $54,600 USD in Japan.

UK Pricing: On November 15th, Auto Express says BMW will have pricing starting at GBP 99,845 for the i8 in the UK.

German Pricing: The BMW i8 starts at €126,000

BMW i8 Pricing Information

Since the BMW i8 is still over a year away from production, BMW has released few concrete details about the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

However, according to BMW head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, the BMW i8 is expected to cost more than US$122,800 (€100,000 or GB£78,000).

“It is a super sports car and will be priced accordingly,” said Robertson. “The final price isn’t decided but it will be priced up there with similar machinery.”

BMW announced it will build the all new 3 cylinder engine for the i8 extended range electric sports car at its Hams Hall plant near Birmingham, England.

The new three-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for dynamic performance in combination with industry-leading fuel efficiency.

Acceleration of the BMW i8 sports coupe is said to be under 5 seconds, and fuel consumption on the European cycle will be around 65 MPG.

The all electric range is around 20 miles, and the battery pack can be recharged in as little as 2 hours using a 240V power source.

Japan Availability On November 15th, BMW started accepting orders for the BMW i8 in Japan, with deliveries scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2014.

US Availability

At the 2013 LA Auto Show, BMW head of Sales and Marketing, Ian Robertson, said that the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car had already sold out its first year of availability. All 300 units had been accounted for. However, in 2015, ‘thousands’ of units will be available.

The 2014 BMW i8 will launch in July. First US deliveries will occur at 2014 Pebbles Concours d’Elegance On August 17.

UK Availability: Auto Express says sales will begin in July 2014. According to BMWBlog, the first year of production for the UK has already sold out, and there is now a 10 month waiting period for the next production set.

BMW i8 Availability Information

There isn’t very much detailed information on the release of the BMW i8, except that it’s aimed at late 2013 / early 2014.

The BMW i3 is slated to launch in September of 2013, and the i8 was always going to follow, so late 2013 might be wishing on a star.

2014 is safe.

BMW has also not provided info on what countries the i8 electric supercar will be available in when it launches. A member of the BMW i8 Forum from Australia said his dealer told him he could order an i8 electric supercar in 2014.

BMW i8 Spyder

Originally announced as being available in 2015, BMW has run into technical challenges with the BMW i8 Spyder. Integrating the carbon fiber reinforced structural shell into a convertible format has proved more difficult than expected. BMW has no set time frame for the i8 Spyder availability.

On June 6th, 2014, the first 8 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid vehicles were delivered to German customers at a special ceremony in Munich. Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig, presented the customers with the keys to their new vehicles.

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