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Want To See A Tesla Model S Chasing A BMW i8? You're In Luck...

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The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has to be one of the most anticipated new vehicles of the next few years, for both green buyers and gearheads alike.

It's quick, but for the moment at least, you need a Tesla Model S if you want a speedy electric vehicle.

So what if you put both together on the same piece of road? That's exactly what this video from German Facebook page ElectroDriver does, albeit seemingly unplanned.

The giveaway is that the BMW i8 is still in the familiar blue and white camouflage BMW uses for testing new models.

As such, you can't see all the i8's striking details, but it's clear the car is relatively petite next to the heavyweight Model S, most obvious when the Tesla blasts past it on a section of two-lane road.

We get to see the BMW's unusual side wings below the camouflage, and once the Tesla is ahead, the wide BMW "kidney" grille and compact proportions become apparent.

The two are very different cars, of course. Where the Model S seats five--or seven, with the extra rear seats--has a 265-mile EPA range and reaches 60 mph in under five seconds, the BMW has different goals.

What we know about the i8 is that it's a two-seater, plug-in hybrid sports car using both electric propulsion and power from a turbocharged, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine.

The most recent details suggest it weighs in at just over 3,260 pounds, and peak torque is around 400 lbs-ft--0-62 mph should take about 4.6 seconds. All-electric range is around 20 miles, and BMW is claiming combined economy of around 80 mpg--a figure deduced from some electric running, we presume.

But once the BMW hits the streets for real next Spring, we're looking forward to seeing a real race between some of the more potent electric vehicles.

Not the most relevant real-world test perhaps, but one of the most exciting...

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Comments (14)
  1. That looked like a low speed chase like OJ.
     
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  2. It would have been so cool to see them drag race. This should also serve as yet another wakeup call to German manufacturers, the i8 isn't even ready yet and here comes Tesla catching up in their rear view mirror, both figuratively and literally.
     
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  3. I wouldn't exactly call that "blasting past." Or "exciting." Besides, BMW development drivers have more important things to do than rat-racing with presumed amateurs.
     
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  4. Spoken like a true elitist.
     
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  5. "Rat racing with presumed amateurs" - that's just the attitude I like to see in Tesla competitors. I bet the dinosaurs considered mammals "presumed amateurs" too.
     
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  6. Go, Tesla, Go! An AMerican EV beating a German classic! Tesla has got them running scared!
     
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  7. Well maybe not running scared, but Tesla defenatly has them thinking about electric cars. Tesla's success is having an effect and I think that is Tesla's biggest contribution to automotive evolution. There is word that the BMW i5 will be aimed at the Model S.
     
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  8. Tesla will have the Model X with dual motors and 600 lb-ft torque on sale before the i5 is ready, with their next mass-market car following closely on its heels.
     
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  9. Yes I'm sure they will, and with the time BMW took getting the i3 out I'm sure the i5 is a few years off. So what's your point?
     
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  10. I hope they do make it to the manufacturing stage. We need more electric car types and not just one or two, But more that 20 companies producing EVs.They need our support by cheering them on not downgrading them, never mind the country they come from.
     
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  11. Both chasing a truck, inspiring
     
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  12. Maybe the BMW was drafting? That's probably how Ford came up with their EPA numbers for the CMAX and Fusion Hybrid. :p
     
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  13. Not the same car for the same class of vehicle.

    i8 is more aimed at the Tesla Roadster...

    With the lower weight, I think the i8 will out handle and out corner the Model S. But the Model S will beat it in a straightline. (That actually sounds pretty typical of German against American sports cars except for ATS).
     
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  14. The roadster would out handle and outrun the i8 and the Roadster is not even on sale they stopped production a few years ago. The i8 goes 0-60 4.4 seconds Roadster goes at 3.7 and that car is from a few years ago. Go Figure.
     
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