BMW i8 Still Working Out The Kinks At The Nürburgring [video]
Just because the 2014 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid doesn’t mean BMW has any plans of limiting its performance, which is evident in the fact that the car was still being tested and fine-tuned at the Nürburgring earlier this month. Based on this video, though, there could still be a few kinks to work out before sales of the car commence sometime this spring. The short video shows the BMW i8 being driven hard around the ‘Ring, and it’s pretty exciting to see what this car is capable of. The interesting part comes toward the end of the video where the car passes the camera slowly before coming to a stop alongside the track surface. RELATED: BMW i8 First Drive Video - EVO
According to the videographer, the i8 remained there for about 15 minutes and it appeared that there was some sort of brake issue since the driver kept applying the brakes. It’s hard to say exactly what, if any, problems existed, but the car later drove off slowly and quietly and was later spotted being test driven around town.
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One thing that is clear about this car is that there will be no mistaking it for your run-of-the-mill plug-in hybrid. The video gives us a good listen to the i8 being pushed hard including the squealing tires and the exhaust note, which includes some decent pops during downshifts. As a recap, the BMW i8 uses a three-cylinder, twin-turbo engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor powering the front wheels for a combined power output of 362 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The 2014 BMW i8 goes on sale in the U.S. this spring with a starting price of $135,700.
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