BMW i8 US handovers at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance was where German automakers BMW presented first models of their i8 Sports Car. The first PHEV BMW i8 were delivered to customers among who were Roger Penske, racing magnate and Rick Hendrick, NASCAR Team Owner and Chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group.
Other recipients of the new BMW i8 Sports Car and who partook of an exclusive dinner at BMW Villa during Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance included Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of Nest, Michael Fux, CEO of Comfort Revolution, John Hendricks founder of Discovery Communications and Curiosity Project, Barry Klarberg, founder and CEO of Monarch Business and Wealth Management, Miles Nadal, Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners, Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of SBE-hospitality and entertainment company and last but not least Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
These BMW i8â€™s handed over to the buyers will be unique 2014 BMW i8 Concours dâ€™Elegance Editions which will be set apart due to its distinctive exterior paint in Frozen Grey metallic and interior updates. These special editions will also sport features and functions that will be seen exclusively in these models and will not be making their way into other BMW i8s.
This special edition also included the companyâ€™s advanced new laser headlights which have yet to be approved for road use in United States.
The production spec BMW i8 was showcased at last yearâ€™s Frankfurt Auto Show. It is powered by a 1.5 liter three cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine offering 231 hp power and 320 Nm torque. It is paired with a 130 hp electric motor and mated to a six sped automatic gearbox. In combo with the electric motor, power stands at 362 hp while torque goes upto 570 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is achieved in 4.4 seconds while fuel efficiency stands at 133 mpg. 2014 BMW i8 carries a price tag of$135,700 (INR 81,97,637).