We’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the BMW i8, but before we can get behind the wheel of BMW’s plug-in hybrid sports car, we’re happy to report that some details regarding pricing for this exciting new model have finally surfaced.
According to Green Car Reports via BMW Blog, the i8 base price is said to come in at $135,700, which excludes BMW’s $950 destination fee. However, it appears the initial batch of i8 models will be limited to ‘Pure Impulse World’ launch package, which adds an extra $10,800.
Naturally, extra features abound, with Pure Impulse World models getting a number of unique features, including perforated gray leather, i8 script on the headrests, BMW i blue seatbelts, leather-edged floor mats, black brake calipers, and much, much more.
Reports from BMW indicate that 90 perfect of the i8’s initial production allotment will consist of Pure Impulse World trims. The remaining ten percent have been allocated as Tera World models, while the entry-level Giga World will make its way to dealerships at a later time.
Of course, all i8 models will come with a bevy of standard features, including Dynamic Damper Control, Park Distance Control, heated seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, harmon/kardon® sound system, and daytime running lights.
Lastly, all i8 models, regardless of World (trim) get the same plug-in hybrid setup, which includes a 231-horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine placed at the rear, and a 98 kW (131 horsepower) electric motor up front. Also on board is a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Few cars generate the type of buzz as the BMW i8 and we’re extremely excited to welcome the German automaker’s latest model when it launches on August 17.
For more information on the i8 or any other exciting BMW model, be sure to contact us or stop by our dealership today.
There are lots of different ways to celebrate Labor Day, but most people see this event as a way to mark the end of the summer. Whether you've been on a road trip, or a family vacation, the chances are that you've been putting your car through its paces. As the warmth and light of summer starts to fade, why not give your car a Labor Day cleanse so that it's ready for the autumn and winter? Here are some the things you might want to consider doing.
Start by ridding your car's interior of unwanted clutter and rubbish. You'll be surprised what you might find under the mats and tucked in the cup holders, so grab a trash bag and get ruthless. Start by emptying trash that you can find on the seats, then check under the seats and in every compartment, cubby-hole, or pocket. Empty the glove box and only put back the essentials. Have a look in the trunk, too. You'll probably find many remnants of your vacation lurking there, so get them out and get rid of them. With all the junk removed, you can start the hard work.
Detailing inside your car can be time-consuming but the results speak for themselves. A clean, fresh-smelling car is going to be much more appealing to both driver and passengers alike. Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the carpets and upholstery, paying attention to remove dust, dirt, and animal hairs. You may be surprised just how much dirt your cleaner picks up. Make sure you clean in a well-ventilated place with plenty of room to move, or you'll quickly get hot and bothered. Shake out car mats and leave them to air in a well-ventilated space so that they smell and look fresh.
Now you can turn your attention to the rest of the interior. Remove stains on your upholstery with the appropriate cleaners. Pay attention to particularly difficult grease-based stains, such as lipstick, which may be harder to remove. Remember to physically remove as much of the stain as possible with tweezers, a butter knife, or a dry cloth. Use rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth by dabbing gently to gradually lift the stain, without grinding it further into the fabric. Use a specialist cleaner for your dashboard and other parts of the car interior that may be made from plastic, leather, vinyl, wood, or chrome. If you are unsure which cleaner to use, consult your dealer for advice to ensure that you don't cause further damage.
Cleaning the inside is only part of your Labor Day cleanse, however. Take time to thoroughly wash the exterior of your car with a car shampoo and a clean cloth. Your service department will be able to recommend good cleaning materials. Don't use any old sponge or cloth. Even if it feels relatively soft, it may actually scratch your paint work. Feel free to use a pressure washer, but be careful not to use equipment this powerful around the under-carriage or on the engine, as the pressure of the water can cause more damage. Windows should also be cleaned with a specialized cleaner.
Polishing and waxing your car's paint work makes it look great and provides a protective layer for the months to come, when grit and ice on the roads, and cold temperatures may start to take their toll. Use a good quality wax product and always follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results. The rule of thumb when it comes to polishing and waxing is that the longer you take and the more you polish, the better the finish. You can also buy specialist products for your wheels and tires. Take the opportunity to give them a Labor Day polish too!
If all that sounds like a lot of hard work, then remember that you can always book the car in for a professional detail at your local service department. If you have plenty of time, and enjoy a bit of hard work, however, you may find that a Labor Day cleanse is a particularly satisfying way to look after one of your most valuable assets.
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Do you love to turn up the heat in the kitchen? I’m not talking temperature heat – I’m talking hot sauce heat. If you do, have you ever thought about making your own signature spice? Lucky for you pepper people, hot sauce is not only delicious, but it is one of the easiest condiments to make at home. If you have a few peppers and some vinegar, follow these easy steps and you will be well on your way to producing your very own capsaicin-creation.
Start by picking out a peck of your favorite peppers. How much is a peck? Let’s say 5-10, depending on size.
Now, this part is very important. Before you do any chopping, make sure to protect yourself against the peppers. You want to avoid any contact between the peppers and your hands and eyes. Whether this protection involves simple plastic gloves or a full zombie-apocalypse-is-now getup depends on the heat level of your peppers.
Now that you’ve geared up, de-stem the peppers and take out the seeds (or don’t if you want extra heat). Throw them in an appropriately-sized sauce pot.
Add some vinegar and any additional flavoring that suits your fancy. A good standby is a 50/50 split of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. Add enough to make a sauce, without drowning your peppers. Also toss in some garlic and onion, and a dash of salt. Really, you could add anything here, so feel free to get creative.
After simmering for about a half hour, let the mixture cool a bit and then purée and funnel into a bottle. Your sauce should last anywhere from 1-3 months in the fridge.
Well, look at you. You’ve just made your own sauce! Now go, hot-sauce-hero, and bask in your culinary achievement.
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Cars and water are not generally designed to mix, and it goes without saying that you should do your best to avoid driving through even shallow water. Due to severe weather conditions or temporary loss of control, however, you might find yourself with little choice but to drive through water. With that in mind, below are some simple tips on what to do if you drive into the water.
First, make sure you have an idea of how deep the water is. If you can't tell how deep it is, don't try and drive through it. Simply stop the car and call for help. A good rule of thumb here is to not attempt to drive through water if you think water will end up in the air intake at the front of the car. You really don't want water ending up in your engine. Similarly, don't try and drive through if the water is flowing with any speed, as it is surprisingly easy for cars to be swept away in this fashion.
Assuming that you are confident the water is shallow enough to drive through safely, drive as slowly as possible. If you keep your speed up while driving through water there are a couple of risks. First, the wheels of your car may lose contact with the road surface and you will find yourself “hydroplaning,” effectively losing control of the vehicle.
As well as the risk to your own safety, however, driving fast through water tends to create a powerful bow wave which can cause drivers coming the other way to lose control. If there is a lot of oncoming traffic coming through a flooded road, it's usually a good idea to wait for them to pass you before driving into water. Consideration for other drivers coping with these dangerous driving conditions is absolutely essential.
While driving slowly, however, do try to make sure the engine's revs are up, as this will help avoid water getting into the car's exhaust, which will also create expensive problems later.
Finally, after driving through a body of water, test your brakes immediately, and test them periodically to make sure they are still responsive enough to stop you in an emergency.
Driving through water should be avoided unless it becomes absolutely necessary, but by remaining calm, driving slowly and carefully, and by showing consideration for other motorists, it can be accomplished safely. If after driving into water you are at all worried about your car's mechanical integrity or electrical systems, don't hesitate to book it in for a service at your local dealership, where they will be able to check for and repair any damage caused by water.