BMW Goes in New Direction With i8 Hybrid

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The BMW i8 is a unique car in the German automaker’s lineup.

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It travels as fast as 155 miles per hour and goes from 0-60 mph in about 4.2 seconds. The i8 is also a hybrid, getting the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon.

  • 1. Interior

    Interior

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    Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic lines the passenger cabin, and most of the interior uses recycled materials. The i8 is offered with leather seats and a choice of four interior trims. BMW says the interior is designed with a focus on the driver.

  • 2. Powertrain

    Powertrain

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    The i8 is BMW's first plug-in hybrid. The car combines a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor that generates 129 horsepower. When in sport mode, the i8 uses its electric motor to boost power.

  • 3. Gullwing Doors

    Gullwing Doors

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    One of the most recognizable features of the i8 is the gullwing doors that open upwards. The doors are constructed of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum. BMW says they weigh 50% less than a conventional construction.

  • 4. Tech

    Tech

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    Standard equipment includes a navigation system and digital instrument display. BMW also offers a variety of driver assists such as park distance control, automatic braking and a head-up display.

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