BMW i8 already sold out

BMW i8 front

BMW has sold the entire 2014 allocation of its brand new i8 hybrid sports car, despite the model having not yet been officially launched.> The first deliveries aren't expected until next year, but this hasn't stopped eager customers placing deposits to be among the first to own the striking new performance machine, despite a list price of £100,000.

"We are delighted with the interest in the car, which will stand at the heart of what BMW is about - performance and sustainability," BMW's head of marketing, Ian Robertson told Autocar.

However, BMW has not confirmed exactly how many i8s will be produced in 2014.

The BMW i8 is a petrol-electric hybrid, using a 1.5-litre engine mated to powerful electric motors, which give impressive performance. The sleek car, which looks radically different to the Bavarian brand's current line-up, will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.4 seconds, yet can manage 113mpg on the official combined fuel-economy cycle.

BMW i8 rear

BMW's other electric car, the i3 has also proved a hit, with the waiting list simply for a test drive reportedly stretching five months into the future.

The futuristically styled city car will be available as both a purely electric car and a range-extending hybrid, with a conventional combustion engine increasing the range of the on-board battery pack.

Along with the i8, first deliveries of the i3 are expected in mid 2014.
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