Fewer Than 500 BMW i8s Headed to US This Year

The BMW i8 uses a turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver a combined 357 hp, but you’ll be darn lucky to see one driving around the U.S. this year.

This year, BMW will sell fewer than 500 of the ultra-efficient sports cars here when sales start in August. With a starting price of $136,625 including delivery, it’s priced somewhere in the same territory as a Porsche 911 GT3. The output its powertrain offers is hardly shocking from a numbers standpoint, but the car will still launch from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds thanks in large part to its modest curb weight.

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BMW uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic to build the passenger cell, which not only lends the car to spirited acceleration, but also impressive fuel economy figures. The EPA has yet to release its estimates, but BMW swears the 3,285-lb car is good for up to 94 MPG.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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