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    Default BMW i8 is going to challenge Tesla

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    It's more a competitor of the Fisker Karma.
    Better looking, more efficient, more performance and, I am betting, a heck of a lot better quality.

    I have to say, I loved the i8 and i3 ads I have seen. The addition of BMW to the electric market will help all companies in the market.

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    They're both fast, expensive cars, but they don't have much else in common. The i8's electric side is limited to ~120 HP - for serious performance you need the turbo gas engine. At the same time, it's a bunch more money for a much smaller (but sportier) car.

    I really think they live in different markets entirely, but I could be wrong since I'm not really in either market.
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    It's a beautiful car, but I'm starting to sense we are closer than we think when such PHEVs with relatively weak EV elements look like dinosaurs. With BMW and at that price, they should be able to deliver a more impressive propulsion system. A pure BEV would be far more impressive.

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    Unimpressive PiP replacement which might sell to uneducated masses.
    Chevrolet Volt 2012 - average: 2.3l/100km (102mpg) / 43,000 miles
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    I have to say, I loved the i8 and i3 ads I have seen.
    Yeah, me too. G.M. should outsource its Volt marketing to BMW. If not for the pro-Volt evangelist salespeople like Thomas J. Thias, there would have been fewer Volt sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saghost View Post
    They're both fast, expensive cars, but they don't have much else in common. The i8's electric side is limited to ~120 HP - for serious performance you need the turbo gas engine. At the same time, it's a bunch more money for a much smaller (but sportier) car.

    I really think they live in different markets entirely, but I could be wrong since I'm not really in either market.
    But if I could afford either I'd buy a Tesla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KNI View Post
    Unimpressive PiP replacement which might sell to uneducated masses.
    I agree, and I am part German. This is only for BMW fans. A true American will not buy this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BAZINGA View Post
    But if I could afford either I'd buy a Tesla.
    Me too.
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    No. Limited PHEVs are not the same as EREVs are not the same as BEVs are not the same as limited PHEVs. This car really isn't competing, but it's still good to see, since even limited PHEV makes a performance car a better urban car, and the i project is about more than electrification.

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