Video: BMW M235i, F80 M3 and i8 testing at Nürburgring Nordschleife
BMW takes three of their upcoming 2014 models to the famous Nurburgring. First, we have the 2014 BMW i8, the hybrids sportscar that uses two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The electric motor is not a secondary power source, but rather an equal partner of the internal 1.5 liter three cylinder petrol engine. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.
A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time comes under five seconds, with a combined fuel consumption in the European test cycle of less than 3 liters/100 km (78 MPG) and average real fuel consumption of between five and seven liters (33 – 47 MPG).
Second model seen here is the BMW M235i, the two-door version of the M135i hatchback, which will also come to market next year. The BMW M235i Coupe goes into production in November of 2012 and if nothing changes in BMW’s product strategy, we will see the M-tuned 2 Series Coupe on U.S. soil. We initially reported on the M235i back in June 2012, but since then several prototypes have been spied during their testing phase.
Launched last year, the M Performance Automobiles line-up consists of several vehicles tuned by the M Division, considered to be “very sporty and fast, made for everyday driving.”
Last on the track we have the F80 BMW M3, the M model that with the highest sales numbers. The F80 M3 will be powered by an inline-six engine with a power output between 420-450 horsepower. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission, but we expect to see a manual transmission for U.S. customers. The new M3 will debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Here is the video: