BMW Electric Hybrid to be Priced a $200,000
announced that it plans to build a production version of the striking new plug-in hybrid concept car. The car which it called Vision Efficient Dynamics was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September last year. The company sources said that the model that is scheduled to go on sale with a price tag of $200,000 in October 2013 may be named the ‘i8’.
BMW’s ‘i’ sub-brand emerges from the company’s uber-green ‘Project i’ research program. The German automaker also plans to give the ‘i’ name to the radical “MegaCity” carbon-fiber all-electric car scheduled to launch in 2013.
While revealing the new model, the company said that it would offer “the performance of an M vehicle“, and will be powered by a different powertrain: a rear-mounted, 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. This powertrain will be mated to a plug-in hybrid electric system that is expected to offer up to 31 miles of all-electric range.
The company noted that the turbocharged diesel engine will generate a power of 163 hp and will power the rear wheel with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, combined with an electric motor. The front wheels will be driven by a second motor, for an overall total power of 356 hp and a torque of 590 foot-pounds. The car maker said that the car can sprint between 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds, and a can achieve a top speed of 155 mph.
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