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BMW Delivers First i8 Plug-in Sports Cars

June 6, 2014

Photo courtesy of BMW.
Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW delivered its initial i8 luxury sports cars to customers in Munich, Germany, this week during the roll-out of the plug-in hybrid.

The automaker hosted a special event on June 5 attended by German celebrities, such as TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk and actor Thomas Kretschmann.

The i8, which pairs a three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery, offers a unique combination of performance and fuel efficiency. When operating in zero-emmission fully electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 23 miles.

The i8 can reach 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. In everyday driving with a fully-charged battery, the i8's fuel economy should come in around 46.6 mpg (56 mpg Imperial), according to BMW.

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