The Intriguing BMW I8 Concept Car

By Jordan Perch

There has never been a lack of designs that provide us with hints on what the cars of the future are going to look like, with Japan and German car makers making the most interesting and realistic-looking concepts, that could get into mass production in the near future. One such car is the BMW i8 concept, which was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and it's expected that the Bavarian car manufacturer is going to start producing it in 2013. It's also known as BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, and is part of BMW's "Project i"

cr af05b71f0e67174e80a0bd19560c3808 Bmw I8 Concept CarThis is a plug-in hybrid, that is powered by a high-performance 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder combustion engine, providing 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, that works in tandem with two electric motors. This combination provides excellent performances, reminiscent of the best sports cars in the world, but also makes for a very good fuel efficiency at the same time. So, it goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. The fuel consumption is rated at 70 mpg, and it has an ultra-low emissions rating of 99 grams per kilometer, according to the manufacturer. You can travel up to 20 miles before the lithium-ion batteries need to be recharged, which is one of the aspects of the i8 that must be improved.

Inside, this coupe can accommodate 4 people, with two pairs of sports leather seats in the front and the back. The control panels and all the instruments are arranged in a way that allows you to enjoy a sporty and aggressive ride, and still be in control of the vehicle. There are three-dimensional displays which give information on engine speed, navigation and entertainment functions, as well as battery levels.

The exterior design makes it look as a real futuristic car. It has a lightweight, aluminum chassis, with the sunroof, windows and windshield made of polycarbonate glass. The doors and the roof are completely transparent, which gives you a clear view of the inside and provides a lot of light into the cabin. But, the innovations don't stop here. The BMW i8 features something that is rarely seen on cars – laser lighting. There are laser headlights instead of LED lights, which makes the car a lot more energy efficient than most similar concept cars.

This amazing sports car should become available for purchase in 2014, and according to some speculations, it will definitely cost over $150,000.

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Concept Car Profile: Volkswagen eT Commercial Van

Volkswagen eT Concept

Could this Volkswagen eT Concept is the reincarnation of the famous T2 as Das Auto proposed an idea to resurrect the commercial van? It seems like it as the German automaker already developing the electric powertrain with semi automatically drive in the form of VW Transporter or the short name is eT which stands for electric Transporter.

Volkswagen eT Concept  interior

As we quoted from, the Volkswagen eT Concept is pure electrically powered transporter which proposing the idea of systematically transfers the E-mobility to the area of commercial use. Dr. Rudolf Krebs, the Group Manager for Electric Traction at Volkswagen AG stated that the eT Concept van is intended as transport specialist which focuses on the automotive building block for an innovative and future-oriented logistics concept.

Volkswagen eT Concept rear view

Volkswagen doesn’t want the eT Concept to be the zero transporter only, but also provides optimum driving experience just like any ordinary vehicle. What makes the Volkswagen eT Concept is different from other van or transporter is lying on the vehicle’s interior space which offers more wide and more rooms for luggage.

Volkswagen eT Concept side view

On the technical sides, the Volkswagen eT Concept equips with electric wheel hub motors which the electricity has been generated from renewable energy sources. Will the eT stay as a concept transporter or will it be joining the production floor just like the Up hatchback? Das Auto has not give the official confirmation, what they say about the possibility on the production version of the eT Concept transporter is “this vehicle could become available very soon”.

Tuning of the Day: Audi R8 Toxique by TC Concept

Audi R8 Toxique by TC Concept

Our selection for tuning of the day is brought to you by TC Concept as they recently played around with Audi R8 and added the name “Toxique” on the one of the most iconic sportscar in the world. We can’t thank TC Concept as they somehow quench our thirst a bit as we are desperately thirsty to see the new facelifted R8. Just to remind you that the facelifted Audi R8 could be revealed in 2012 at one of the auto events.

So, TC Concept, would you walk us to your Audi R8 Toxique? The R8 wears body kit and lowered down significantly as we know that gravity helps the sportscar to move faster. And the gigantic rubber and rims are just the perfect addition to the Audi R8 Toxique. It is like Cinderella with her glass slipper.

Audi R8 Toxique by TC Concept rear view

On the front exterior, you will found that TC Concept gives the R8 massive number of styling elements which taking the stylings from the RS line-up. Can you guess which parts? Take a look at the huge bulging air intakes and the splitter. Pretty smart, huh?

The downside of the Audi R8 the intake is brilliantly blended with the entire body kit which TC Concept wants it to offer combination with the fresh side skirts. Moving on to the back, the R8 Toxique has carbon fiber racing wing and diffuser that made from lightweight material. With those cosmetic elements courtesy of TC Concept, don’t blame yourself if you are intoxicated with the Audi R8 Toxuique.

Volkswagen NILS Concept at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Volkswagen NILS Concept - side view

Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept has decided to join the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and tries it luck whether it could be continued to the production version or not. We never heard about the Volkswagen NILS before because the single-seater concept was developed as part of VW’s Group Research and pretty much has relation with Audi’s Frankfurt-debuting Urban Concept.

As we mentioned before, the Volkswagen NILS is a single-seater concept for individual transportation – no hitchhikers, please. What do you think about the futuristic exterior of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept? The first time we look at the photos, it feels like we have drawn to the Tron Legacy movie set. Anyway, the Volkswagen NILS concept uses an F1-style layout which is definitely emphasizes the single-seater design. The driver will be sitting in the middle of the 3.040mm long, 1,390mm wide, and 1,200mm high action.

Judging by the photos, the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is smaller than the most compact VW vehicle – the Volkswagen Up. The Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept carries 17-inch alloy rims and rolls on 115/80 tires at the front and 125/80 ties at the rear.

Volkswagen NILS Concept

The electric motor of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is put on the rear part. It has power output around 15 kW (20.4 horsepower) which is more than enough as daily ride. The peak power reaches at 25 kW (34 horsepower) with the torque is at 96 lb-ft. To power the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept, there is a 5.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which Das Auto refers as “relatively inexpensive”. That particular lithium-ion battery pack offers a driving range of 40 miles (64 km).

The Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is able to hit 62 mph less than 11 seconds and the top speed is 81 mph (130 km/h) and to reach all those figures, it needs two hours to reach a full charge. Das Auto promises that the single-seater concept offers sportscar handling as the Volkswagen NILS concept has no power steering and has a double-wishbone setup for both axles. The complete details of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Price Setting for BMW i3

BMW i3 concept

The BMW i3 four-door concept is the main ticket for the Bavarian carmaker to show that they are not about fast cars and petrol burners engine. Both BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be appearing at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show which we pretty sure they set another bar for free-hugging philosophy. You might not notice but since the rumors and leaked images about the BMW i3 four-door concept circling around internet, the public’s interest is pretty high and with the Auto Show at Frankfurt is approaching, people demand more details.

As you already know that not much of details about the BMW i3 four-door concept, but the Bavarian car manufacturer is kind enough to share us the price tag. Yes folks… The price tag for the BMW i3 four-door concept has unofficially announced. Good news for you because if you want to own the BMW i3 four-door concept, you need to prepare your financial support, right?

The BMW i3 four-door concept urban vehicle that will use the electric propulsion will be offering in a price which is cheaper than the BMW 5-Series. Want to know how can get that such important info? The information is exclusively shared by BMW CEO – Norbert Reithofer who assured one of German newspapers that the upcoming BMW i3 four-door concept will be more affordable than the company’s medium saloon.

So, how much does the BMW i3 four-door concept cost? To be exact, the BMW i3 four-door concept costs less than €40,000. The Bavarian automaker also set the release schedule for the European market in 2013.

With that amount of price, the BMW i3 four-door concept will be less expensive than Opel’s Ampera. For your information, Opel Ampera is powered by a plug-in hybrid setup as the latter retails for around €43,000 in Germany.

You think that the BMW i3 four-door concept is too expensive? What can’t we say, you know just like we do that the things with eco cars has not reached the “cheap” or at least “affordable” price. To console you, paying an amount of money to own the BMW i3 four-door concept will award you with multiple carbon fiber components.