The BMW i8: Power, in a whole new way!
Usually when you think of an electric car, what comes to mind is something watered-down and weak – a car that might be good for a city commute, but lacks the power to really get you where you’re going. And now, with the sway of public opinion leaning firmly in the direction of an electric future, you have probably wondered: how can you drive with all the style of your luxury car, while taking advantage of current environmental considerations?
The engineers at BMW thought the same thing, and that’s why they designed the BMW i8.
Influenced by the retro look of the BMW M1 Hommage, the i8 is a hybrid sports car first released in 2014 that is reinventing the field of electric/fuel vehicles. It’s designed for fans of the BMW brand, and it shows: the engine can reach 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and its top speed is 250 km/h. Its fuel efficiency is 3.1 L/100 km in hybrid mode, and even at full gasoline consumption it only uses 8.1 L/100 km on the highway.
Much of the reason behind these specs is the technology put into the car’s construction. Instead of steel, the body is made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which is strong yet very light; the body is optimized for aerodynamics; and the battery can even be partially recharged through braking, as energy given off from the friction is recaptured and stored. Such innovations at all levels make the BMW i8 a serious contender for the luxury hybrid champion.
Many of you might think it’s necessary to wait for more infrastructure to be developed before getting into the electric market – you may have heard that you need special charging stations set up in your city. Not for the i8! With the BMW i Wallbox, you can have quick connectivity available right at home – a full charge from one of these takes less than 4 hours!
So what are some other incentives to getting a hybrid vehicle now?
Well, as you may have noticed already – oil is a very volatile commodity. Price shifts can send gasoline prices jumping or crashing overnight, but the general trend is the same as any increasingly scarce resource – upwards! As more people get their own vehicles and demand increases, the reliance on oil and gasoline will be phased out over time. By getting a hybrid vehicle, you can minimize the impact this has on you – especially if the majority of your driving consists of short commutes within a city, like it does for most of us.
There’s much more to be said about the BMW i8 – and plenty of features to look at and admire as well. As always, if you find yourself in the driver’s seat, bring it down to Euroworks in Calgary for all your tune-ups, service, and specialized exotic car needs!
It’s a feeling that never gets old: heading out your door in the morning and seeing your shiny BMW waiting for you, ready to get on the road. Sleek, powerful, and luxurious, your BMW is like another member of your family, and of course, you want to keep it in top shape for maximum performance.
As with any vehicle, this entails an attentive eye both around the car and under the hood. With a bit of foresight, you can prevent major issues from occurring – but the fact is, every car manufacturer has a different set of guidelines and techniques, and BMW is no exception. In order to get the most out of it, you’ll need to get it looked at by a mechanic who’s properly trained – and luckily for you, they work at Euroworks!
We have a specific list of tune-ups, inspections, and general maintenance that are meant for the BMW brand, and are uniquely qualified to deliver it. Some of the services we offer are:
BMW Intermediate Oil Service: Frequent and relatively inexpensive, your Service Interval System will tell you when you need an oil change. If in doubt, a good guideline is to get one every 8,000 – 10,000 km. At Euroworks, we’ll use the right tools, the right lubricants, and do it the right way from start to finish, every time.
BMW Oil & Safety Service: A bit more in-depth, this includes the oil change and filter, as well as a safety check of your entire vehicle. This is a great check-up before any long trips, as it tests your brakes, indicator and dashboard lights, belts and hoses, fluids, steering, leaks, as well as your suspension. You can drive in peace knowing that we’ve given it a proper inspection!
BMW Inspection 1: Also called the “Minor Service”, this inspection is recommended by BMW at certain odometer intervals, just to make sure everything is working as well as it should. On older models (1986-1998), it is advised to have one done at 32,000, 100,000, and 175,000 km; for 1999 and later models, stop in at 50,000, 150,000, and 225,000 km. At just $200 (plus any parts/labour), it’s a great way to keep your BMW in prime condition.
BMW Inspection 2: Also known as the “Major Service”, this is recommended by BMW as a corollary to the Minor Service. More in depth and thorough (but still cost-effective at just $250 + parts/labour), it ensures that you won’t have any unforeseen problems when you’re out enjoying your drives! For the older models (as above), come in at 65,000, 125,000, and 200,000 km; for post-1999 vehicles, see us at 100,000 and 200,000 km.
If your BMW has a Condition Based Service (CBS) system, it will keep you aware of many of your components and engine fluid levels as time goes on, and alert you when it’s time to bring your car in for service. By staying on top of these, you can keep driving your BMW for years to come – and with the right mechanics doing the work, you’ll be even more at ease.
Visit our BMW Service page here for more information, and to book your next appointment here in Calgary!
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