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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Commercial Video of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car made its first debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show prepared by BMW as a precursor of the future top-of-the line the BMW i8 model received this month its own dedicated commercial video.

The commercial video tells the world a little something about what the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is expected to become for an automaker which has dedicated an entire division to create premium hybrid and electric cars.

Same with the i8 which already confirmed for production, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is likely to be powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain which gives a combined out =put of 328 horsepower. The acceleration of the concept hybrid car is expected to be at about 4.8 seconds, while the fuel consumption, the main reason it was built, stands about 3.76L/100km (75.1 mpg).

The powertrain of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car as showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, pairs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TDI engine (163 horsepower) to two electric motors, one producing 33 horsepower and second 80 horsepower.

A temporary boost at the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car feature allows the unit to produce, for 30 seconds, 112 horsepower. The model which is planned to launch in the next few years, is expected to become one of the most expensive BMWs on the market, with a staggering price tag estimated at $200,000.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is not the only homework for BMW, but also the development and production of the BMW i8 which will be handled by new I division of BMW, the bigger, more organized version of what was until recently the “i” Project. Set up in February this year, the company is expected to span its first product besides the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car which we predict it will be called the BMW i3 within the next two years.

The Compact Volkswagen E-Up! Review

Volkswagen Studie E-Up!

The Volkswagen E-Up! is one of hybrid concept cars introduced on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show  besides the Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid.

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is considered to be a small urban vehicle. It stretches 3.2 meter long and able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds. It powered by an electric motor which gives a continuous 40kW output with a maximum burst of 60kW.

The engine’s torque of the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is 201 Nm with the top speed of 135 km/h.  the small urban vehicle weighs 1,085 kg with the additional of 240kg of lithium-ion battery. The recharge time from the 230V outlet will take about five hours.

Volkswagen stated that the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car probably will on the market y 2013, but not for worldwide selling. Volkswagen Chairman Prof. Martin Winterkorn states, “It is a genuine success such an electric car must be affordable to a broad customer base and must be uncompromisingly practical in everyday driving. Only then, in high volumes, and ideally on all continents, can one truly speak of the beginning of the electric age in automobiles and a perceptible of their environmental impact.”

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is designed under the leadership of Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who is the Member of the Board Management of Volkswagen Brand and Head of the Development Business Area. The car is based on modules of the new small family vehicle which has zero-emissions.

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car’s styling is powerful and emphasizes the “design DNA” of Volkswagen and show its cult potential. Volkswagen claimed that there is never before an ultra-compact vehicle which does not aim to be retro and the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car manages to bring such appealing, timeless, class-independent and dynamic qualities.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.

The speculations about new VW Beetle R

Volkswagen officially introduced the 2012 VW Beetle at the Shanghai Auto Show. The appearance of the car was actually inspired to make ragster concept cars of the 2012 VW Beetle.

According to rumors that obtained from someone who did not want to be named, VW will offer a new VW Beetle R soon. The source also states, the concept car will begin production in 2012, and likely will be offered as a 2013 model. However, do not be surprised if the new VW Beetle R appear before next summer.

The new VW Beetle R’s cab will be fitted with the highest quality materials. In addition, there is storage space with a capacity of 310 liters. Interesting features will also be added, such as passive entry, a panoramic sunroof, a Fender audio system, and GPS navigation.

Although still a rumor, there has been much speculation about the engine that will be used by the new VW Beetle R. For North Amrika region, this concept car seems glued two choices of engines, namely a 2.5-liter V5 petrol engine (producing 168 hp) or a 2.0-liter TDI engine (producing 138 hp).

For the European region, the new VW Beetle R instead provide more choices of gasoline-fueled engines, such as a 1.2-liter TSI engine Bluemotion (104 hp), a 1.4-liter TSI engine (158 hp), a 2.0-liter TSI engine (197 hp). In addition, there is a choice to use a diesel engine under the hood of this concept, such as a 1.6-liter TDI engine (104 hp), and a 2.0-liter TDI engine (138 hp).

Whatever the choice of engines that will be used by the new VW Beetle R, this rumor is certainly a good news. This clearly offers consumers more choice to decide the best car they want to use. Hopefully, VW realize the emergence of the concept car immediately.