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Selected Style 2015 BMW i8 4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $93,400
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2015 BMW i8 is a ground-breaking new sports coupe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers several driving personalities from which the driver can choose. Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
EPA Classification - Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.7
Second Head Room (in) - 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55
Front Leg Room (in) - 42.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 94
Front Hip Room (in) - 55
Second Leg Room (in) - 35.4
Front Head Room (in) - 38.8
Passenger Capacity - 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) - 65.4
Length, Overall (in) - 195.9
Height, Overall (in) - 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) - 66.9
Wheelbase (in) - 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 77.3
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - NA
Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37
Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
Rear Tire Order Code - NA
Front Tire Size - P245/45YR19
Spare Tire Size - NA
Front Tire Order Code - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - NA
Rear Tire Size - P245/45YR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4647
Spare Wheel Size (in) - NA
Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
Engine Order Code - NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 302 @ 5000
Engine Type - Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 317
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - 94
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - 95
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - 97
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - NA
Battery Range (mi) - 208
Trans Type - 1
Trans Description Cont. Again - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 9.73
Trans Order Code - NA
Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1) - 8.28
Body Style - Sedan
Vehicle Name - Tesla Model S
Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 10.0 (Est)
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