The BMW i8 Concept Roadster made its initial appearance as part of the Born Electric Tour, but this year it will be on display at the LA Auto Show, along with some other members of the automaker’s elite fleet. The i8 Concept Roadster reaches 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and boasts a total power output of 354 horsepower. The sports car features lightweight construction consisting primarily of carbon fiber, and cutting-edge hybrid technology. Though not an official statistic, most experts think the i8 will achieve 78 mpg.
The following video clip provides an excellent close-up look at the BMW i8, featuring a short discussion with Henrik Wenders, BMW’s i8 Concept product management chief. Wenders knows the i8 inside and out. Listening to him describe what it feels like to drive it gives a unique glimpse into the incredible vehicle that looks, and from what we hear, feels like no other car ever made. As Wenders points out, the creation of the i8 was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the engineers because major carmakers very rarely allow a team to design a car from scratch. Fortunately, BMW had the foresight to let this talented group loose, and the result is the i8. Were they successful? You be the judge.
The i8 is a plug-in hybrid-drive vehicle that is loaded with futuristic components and design flourishes that include swivel-up doors and electric kickboards that hide under the body. Part of BMW’s LifeDrive design series, the i8 Concept Roadster holds both an electric motor and a combustion engine. Since its debut, the car has been a crowd magnet at every auto show where it goes on display, and Los Angeles will be no exception. The car has a top speed of 155 mph, a combined range of 300 miles, and a pure-electric range of 20 miles.
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