The World’s Most Advanced Supercar is here! Undeniably a Masterpiece the BMW i8 Hybrid Supercar comes straight from the future!
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BMW’s i8 is a high-tech stunner and is set to be the most expensive and rare plug-in hybrid electric car at the price tag of $140,000. This masterpiece has the acceleration of a Porsche 911 with three times its fuel economy similar to that of a Prius, and - word is that the i8 is already sold out!

BMW i8 Front View

Image: BMW i8 Front View

The high performance supercar dons a carbon fiber passenger cell which is stiff and lightweight. The carbon fiber tub is bolted to two aluminum frames and a turbocharged engine, 7.1 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery packs in the middle as well a 231 horsepower electric motor powering and 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels! This 3-cylinder eco supercar is said to be the first page in the history of a new automotive era.

BMW i8

Image: BMW i8

Its multilayered skin is nothing but molded thermoplastic that stiff as steel and half its weight. There were other weight-saving measures taken during the designing, which includes aluminum wiring and chemically hardened ultrathin glass keeping the weight under 4,000 pounds – 3,267pounds to be precise! Its doors can swing up and forward.

The interior of BMW i8 is compact and high-tech. The car has different driving-mode button. Press ‘Comfort’ (which is the default setting) keeping the car in electric mode to 37 m.p.h. The ‘eDrive’ button keeps the car in electric mode to 75 m.p.h – that is until the battery fades.

Image: BMW i8 Interior

Image: BMW i8 Interior

Recharging the lithium-ion battery takes 1.5 hrs at 240 volts or 4hrs at 120 volts. Its Eco-Pro button can increase electric efficiency by 20% which happens automatically by softening its motor response and optimizing climate-control settings. Its high-performance tires come with narrow wheels and tall tires in the European version.

Image: BMW i8 Interior

Image: BMW i8 Interior

The brakes of this hybrid supercar are strong – BMW claims to reach an acceleration of 0 to 60 in 4.2seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 m.p.h. This car from the future promises emission free commuting and makes all sports cars look like a childs play.

Image: BMW i8 Rear

Image: BMW i8 Rear

BMW’s electric vehicle lineup launched first in July last year, with the debut of i3 all-electric car ranging somewhere about $40,000 with a 22k Wh lithium-ion battery for a range of 80 to 100 miles.

The plug-in hybrid i8 is scheduled for launch in autumn 2014 and will be world’s first production car to offer BMW laser headlights. The BMW laser headlights provide around 30% more energy-efficiency compared to the standard Led headlights, providing quite powerful road illumination for a range of up to 600 meters.

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Carrie Ann is Editor-in-Chief at Industry Leaders Magazine, based in Las Vegas. Carrie covers technology, trends, marketing, brands, productivity, and leadership. When she isn’t writing she prefers reading. She loves reading books and articles on business, economics, corporate law, luxury products, artificial intelligence, and latest technology. She’s keen on political discussions and shares an undying passion for gadgets. Follow Carrie Ann on Twitter, Facebook & Google.

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