BMW http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/features en-GB The lean, the mean & the green: three electric supercars put to the test http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/lean-mean-green-electric-car-supertest/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s steeliest pilots whizz from coast to coast to find out which of the new eco-supercars is the most future-friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How&#039;s that for a dramatic shot?" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-electric-cars-test.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It began as a noble endeavour: drive three practical electric cars from coast to coast, and put everyone&rsquo;s range anxiety at ease.</p> <p>Then we looked at which cars to take, and we realised we didn&rsquo;t just want to save&nbsp;the planet: we wanted to zoom around it in a fleet of next-gen dream machines that outpace their old gas-guzzling forebears on a whiff of petrol and a gulp of lightning. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>START</strong><br />Weston-super-Mare, birthplace of John Cleese (whose family name was originally Cheese) and gateway to the Bristol Channel.</p> <p><strong>Stop 1</strong><br />Cheddar Gorge, birthplace of actual cheese and a number of goats. The goats seemed particularly interested in nibbling the white paint from the middle of the road.</p> <p><strong>Stop 2</strong><br />Tilshead, on Salisbury Plain. Londis sandwiches all round.</p> <p><strong>Stop 3</strong><br />Clacket Lane Services, M25, home to a high-voltage charging point that put enough sparks in the Tesla to take it all the way to Whitstable.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FINISH</strong><br />Whitstable: oysters (hmm&hellip;), fish and chips (better!) and England&rsquo;s largest village green.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="634" height="188" title="Actual colours of the UK may vary" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/car-route.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Model S P85 (£69,000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The i8 and XL1 are cheat cars. They&rsquo;ll run forever because they run on petrol. Admittedly a much smaller amount of petrol than the average car, but everyone knows petrol&rsquo;s going to cost &pound;450 per teaspoon soon. When that happens, batteries will be the only way to power your car, and the i8 and XL1 have got about as much battery power as&nbsp;a Sony Walkman.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>It&rsquo;s a big &rsquo;un </strong><br />The Tesla&rsquo;s different. This thing has a massive 85kWh battery that it reckons is good for 312 miles. It may look less radical than the other two, but underneath it&rsquo;s a technological marvel, and arguably represents the true future of motoring.</p> <p class="p4">And boy is it big. Nerve-rackingly so when your first experience of it involves the close confines of the labyrinthine Westfield. The 720p feed from the parking camera that&rsquo;s fed to the ginormous screen in the centre console does come in handy for reversing, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Red thunder" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driver specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Last car owned: </strong>Honda Civic Type R</p> <p><strong>Fuel:</strong> Lucozade, Cornish pasty</p> <p><strong>Favourite UK road:</strong> A939 near Tomintoul</p> <p><strong>Driving hero: </strong>Jean-Luc Picard</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p2"><strong>Practical but powerful</strong><br />When the challenge started I had 300-odd miles in the &lsquo;tank&rsquo;, and by our first stop in Cheddar I was totally in love with the Model S. Yes, it&rsquo;s practical (a boot in the boot and in the bonnet, plus loads of legroom) and yes, it&rsquo;s gizmo-tastic (it&rsquo;s all touchscreen-controlled, from the panoramic roof to the suspension height, steering weight and an absolutely humongous Google Maps-powered sat-nav), but it&rsquo;s also insanely, giggle-inducingly fast. Faster than the i8, in fact. And this is immediate power. No delay for the car to decide how it&rsquo;s going to hook up two different motors to most effectively deliver the acceleration, just all the power you could possibly require the moment you put your foot down.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">I thought I&rsquo;d miss the noise of an engine, but there&rsquo;s something just&nbsp;as exciting about that burst of speed being accompanied by near-silence &ndash; it&rsquo;s like the Starship Enterprise entering warp, and what could b&le;e more awesome than that?</p> <p class="p4">Onwards to the winding roads of Salisbury Plain, and the Tesla proves to be pretty darn chuckable for a car so big and heavy. You can&rsquo;t throw it into corners quite the same way you can the lithe little i8, but there&rsquo;s still more than enough grip to take them far quicker than you probably should. And you can fit a Tom Wiggins in the bonnet &ndash; something we genuinely did while photographing our motors.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">Stuff meets Elon Musk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The challenging one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen-tastic</strong><br />Not only does&nbsp;the Tesla have a touchscreen the size of two iPads &ndash; it&rsquo;s got another screen visible through the wheel.</p> <p><strong>Extra factor</strong><br />Full disclosure: our test car came with enough extras to take it up&nbsp;to &pound;100,000, but the standard P85 has all the essentials.</p> <p><strong>Family-friendly</strong><br />Unlike the other bachelor-mobiles,&nbsp;the Tesla has enough room for four plus&nbsp;a whole holiday&rsquo;s worth of luggage.</p> <p><strong>Modest machine</strong><br />It doesn&rsquo;t have the&nbsp;out-there looks of the i8 or XL1 , but that&rsquo;s part of the charm. And you still get attention when charging.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p2"><strong>Quick pit stop</strong><br />I&rsquo;d avoided using the air-con, but had otherwise driven the Tesla like the frustrated racing driver I am so far, yet the readout was telling me I had enough juice left to make it the rest of the way to Whitstable. Just. Before risking it I did a little research on zap-map.com, only to discover that Whitstable doesn&rsquo;t have a single electric car charger (seriously, Whitstable, sort it out).</p> <p class="p4">Now I like Whitstable a lot, but&nbsp;I didn&rsquo;t fancy being stranded there&nbsp;in a totally dead car, so it was with some reluctance that I had to insist the convoy stop at Clacket Lane Services for a little power-up. Thankfully this meant I had the&nbsp;range to complete the journey and get home again after a 50-minute break &ndash; plenty of time for a really rubbish Costa Coffee experience.</p> <p><strong>A car for the future</strong><br />By the end of our challenge I was still in love with the Model S, but there was no escaping that I&rsquo;d been challenged more than the other two. Sure, for 360 days a year the Tesla&rsquo;s range would be way more than I needed and I could just charge it overnight, but I occasionally enjoy a drive to Devon, Wales or Scotland, and I&rsquo;m the type to find nothing other than depression at motorway services.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">That&rsquo;s why I wouldn&rsquo;t buy a Tesla now. Next year there will be 23 Superchargers in the UK, and they can pump in 170 miles&rsquo; worth of charge in 30 minutes. That&rsquo;s when I&rsquo;d buy a Tesla. If I could actually afford it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4928" height="3280" title="Not a real dial in sight" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL43963.JPG?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Going totally petrol-free is utterly amazing, even if it&rsquo;s not always easy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Tech specs: </strong>Power: 85kWh battery&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Top speed: 130mph, 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 2100kg&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Claimed fuel efficiency: infinite (but a 312-mile range per charge)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volkswagen XL1 (£98,000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Choosing a Tesla or an i8 for this challenge is like using a fork to&nbsp;eat a bowl of soup: frustrating and wasteful. That&rsquo;s why I parked my behind into the driver&rsquo;s seat of the VW XL1 &ndash; a concept come to life&nbsp;that Volkswagen claims is the most fuel-efficient hybrid available. How could I possibly be beaten?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Cut &rsquo;n&rsquo; shut</strong><br />The XL1 looks like two cars stuck together. I like to think the squared-off rear end makes it look like Ferrari&rsquo;s &lsquo;Breadvan&rsquo; 250 GT but in all honesty it&rsquo;s probably more like a futuristic hearse, albeit one with only enough space for a generously sized dog.</p> <p class="p2">It accelerates a bit like one too (a hearse, not a dead dog) but with everything about it designed to reduce drag and extend its range &ndash; from the covered rear wheels and compressed cardboard interior to the lack of power steering &ndash; the XL1 is clearly all about efficiency, not power or luxury. It even eschews airflow-disrupting wing mirrors for cameras. Only the i8&rsquo;s head-up display is more sci-fi than that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4928" height="3280" title="Sci-Fi DNA" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL43865_2.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driver specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Last car owned: </strong>Toyota Corolla GL Executive</p> <p><strong>Fuel</strong>: Beefeater mixed grill and a banoffee sundae</p> <p><strong>Favourite UK road:</strong> A272</p> <p><strong>Driving hero:</strong> Inspector Clouseau</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"><strong>Cheddar Gorge-ous</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, the XL1 is by&nbsp;no means a chore to drive. Setting off from Weston-super-Mare in all-electric mode, I quietly nipped through early morning traffic following the built-in Garmin&rsquo;s guidance towards Cheddar, gradually getting used to the Tarmac-scraping driving position, slight lack of rear visibility and increased attention from camera phones.</p> <p class="p1">Even a local bus driver made his commuter cargo wait while he took a picture. No doubt the snaking roads of Cheddar Gorge were a little tougher on the unassisted steering of my XL1 than the other two but the narrow tyres meant I barely noticed and I still beat them to the first checkpoint, giving me time to pair my phone to the car&rsquo;s sat-nav and stream my roadtrip playlist to the car&rsquo;s speakers while I waited.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Perpetual motion</strong><br />After a minor detour into the Stonehenge visitor centre car&nbsp;park thanks to out-of-date maps,&nbsp;I started to get into the swing of driving this clever little hybrid. Whenever I hit a proper descent&nbsp;I lifted off the accelerator and glided down the hill to let the battery suck up some additional charge. At one point it had dropped to about 9% and without plugging it in I managed to revive it all the way back to 16.5%.&nbsp;Is VW on the verge of inventing&nbsp;a perpetual motion machine?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">That&rsquo;s not to say I drove the&nbsp;XL1 like it had an unexploded bomb onboard. I put my foot down to overtake slow-moving tractors&nbsp;on the A37 and when I hit the&nbsp;M3 it never struggled to keep&nbsp;up with the rat race.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/volkswagen-golf-gte/review">Volkswagen Golf GTE review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The stylish one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Offset seating</strong><br />The two seats are offset, which not only makes it easier to see at junctions but also creates enough space for the batteries.</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s butter-smooth</strong><br />Because it doesn&rsquo;t need to worry about downforce, the XL1 is actually more aerodynamic than a Formula 1 car (but less than a penguin).</p> <p><strong>Custom-made</strong><br />Apart from the badge, which comes from a Scirocco, everything is designed and made to order. That&rsquo;s partly why it&rsquo;s so expensive.</p> <p><strong>Adrenaline rush</strong><br />The XL1 is only about the size of a Polo, although it feels a bit like one of those solar-powered wings with wheels that break world records.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Say cheese</strong><br />I don&rsquo;t care what Will Dunn says, the XL1 is by far the most eye-catching of these cars. I haven&rsquo;t had my picture taken by so many strangers since Beyoncé piggybacked me through Piccadilly Circus. When we stopped at Clacket Lane it earned another admiring glance from me when five litres of diesel (half a tank) added 250km to the XL1&rsquo;s range.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Slow and steady...</strong><br />The sun had already started to go down when I got to Whitstable, just a couple of minutes behind the vastly more powerful i8 and comfortably ahead of Tom&rsquo;s Tesla. Hares, meet the tortoise. It might lack some of the luxuries offered by the other cars but that&rsquo;s the price you pay for such incredible efficiency.</p> <p>The XL1 has air-con and a surprisingly connected stereo and sat-nav system. I think I can survive without touchscreens and voice control when half a tank of fuel costs less than two pints of lager.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4928" height="3280" title="Nice wheel" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL43701.JPG?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A glimpse of the future, the XL1 ticks every box. Now all we need is a four-seater version&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Tech specs: </strong>Power: 800cc diesel plus 20KW electric &bull; Top speed: 99mph, 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds &bull; Weight: 795kg &bull; 313mpg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 (£95,000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">There are plenty of examples of clever, bespoke technology that make the i8 a singularly brilliant car, but the most important thing is this: it looks like the Batmobile. Driving&nbsp;it is like walking through a busy shopping centre with a levitating clockwork monkey made of gold: everyone wants to know what&nbsp;that expensive-looking thing is. Cars slow down and speed up to&nbsp;be alongside it, usually with a phone held to the window.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Goat-botherer</strong><br />The i8 doesn&rsquo;t just look like the Batmobile; it also moves like it&rsquo;s just emerged from a cave through a waterfall. While Cheddar Gorge&rsquo;s population of goats dawdled in front of every other car on the road, for the i8 they stepped aside &ndash; partly because it looks like it might eat them, and partly because of the noise it makes. When you push it out of its near-silent electric roll, the i8 leaps forward with a cackle-inducing robot growl that is one of the most satisfying noises in the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our second stop, a deserted bit of road somewhere in Somershire or Borset or something, was a good 50 miles of mini-roundabouts and country lanes away. After a bit of mucking about with the sat-nav, I was guided by easily the best heads-up display I&rsquo;ve seen in a car: directions and speed limits are projected onto the windscreen, floating steadily in your field of view. While naturally I observed the rules of the road, I arrived at our next rendezvous with time to buy and consume a chicken sandwich and a 250ml bottle of chocolate milk before the next car turned up.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4928" height="3280" title="Stunner" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL44223.JPG?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driver specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"><strong>Last car owned</strong> Vauxhall Astra 1.4</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Fuel:&nbsp;</strong>Coffee, beef crisps</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Favourite UK road:&nbsp;</strong>B3212</p> <p><strong>Driving hero:&nbsp;</strong>Michael Knight</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"><strong>Snarly precision</strong><br />On the motorway and in Comfort mode, the i8 drives like a BMW, albeit an incredibly posh one from the future. On a snaky little road in Sport, the dials go red, the engine develops a more high-pitched snarl and the handling becomes light and twitchy.</p> <p class="p1">The i8 is ferociously quick, but it moves with a precision that speaks of some kind of advanced machine intelligence. You can also speed into a corner with conviction. I doubt you all remember the Mitsubishi GTO I spent months upgrading in<em>Gran Turismo 2</em>&nbsp;as a teenager, but that&rsquo;s what it reminds me of: a 4WD with more power than seems realistic for something so sure-footed.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The lightning-quick one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Scooper</strong>-car<br />The i8&rsquo;s bold side-scoops don&rsquo;t just look bat-amazing, they&rsquo;re also bat-practical: you could fit a baguette in there. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Go electric</strong><br />While our i8 stayed in Comfort or Sport, you can drive it as a completely electric car in eDrive mode, giving a range of 23 miles.</p> <p><strong>Non-crash tech</strong><br />It has some very sophisticated collision avoidance tech we didn&rsquo;t have the nerve to test, what with it not belonging to us&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nice view</strong><br />&hellip;but we did appreciate the car being studded with cameras that give you a drone&rsquo;s-eye view, making parking much easier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"><strong>It&rsquo;s good to be inside</strong><br />Next, we put the three cars through the most exacting motoring experience in the UK: the M25. Fortunately, even in the variable-speed hell of our nation&rsquo;s most boring thoroughfare, the i8 is a wonderful place to be. The front two seats are luxurious, divided by a wide central hump that also houses iDrive&rsquo;s minimal but effective wheel-button control system.</p> <p class="p3">The back seats are big enough for a handbag or a medium-sized duck. My i8 had the Harman/Kardon speaker upgrade, allowing me to wallow in a big bath of music while the motorway did its thing outside.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><strong>First place, naturally</strong><br />It was to be expected that the i8 got to Whitstable comfortably ahead of the others, but as I glimpsed the east coast it had one more surprise for me: in the gullwing doors there&rsquo;s a gently glowing strip of blue that only becomes noticeable when it gets dark, underlining the fighter-jet feel of the cockpit. It&rsquo;s just an LED strip, but it sums up what&rsquo;s brilliant about this BMW: it&rsquo;s a concept car that has, for once, actually been built with its mad design flourishes, spaceship lights, science-fiction powertrain and carbon-fibre everything.</p> <p class="p3">It&rsquo;s a supercar that uses as much petrol as a small hatchback (much less if you drive carefully), but the best thing about it is its lack of compromise. Someone had a bold, exciting idea for how it should look and what it should do, and BMW made that idea real. That doesn&rsquo;t happen often.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4928" height="3280" title="Even the lights are sexy" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL43916.JPG?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff Says ✭✭✭✭✭ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s the freaking Batmobile. Seriously, what more do you want?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Tech specs:&nbsp;</strong>Power: 357bhp &bull;&nbsp;Top speed: 155mph, 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 1785kg&nbsp;&bull; 134.5mpg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Winner - Volkswagen XL1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;d be foolish to suggest that the XL1 offered more visceral, foot-down driving excitement than either the Tesla or the BMW, but this test was all about making it across the country in the most efficient way possible &ndash; and considering the Model S couldn&rsquo;t manage it without lengthy recharging and the i8&rsquo;s 40mpg average is about as eco-friendly as a heavy smoker coughing in a kitten&rsquo;s face, the VW almost wins by default.&nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of space it&rsquo;s pretty much equal to the BMW, while the Tesla&rsquo;s seven seats mean nothing if your answer to &ldquo;Are we nearly there yet?&rdquo; always has to be: &ldquo;We just have to stop again to charge it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>For an all-electric car to be practical for a journey like this we need more fast chargers at the roadside &ndash; not those that take eight hours to hit 100%, but something that brings charging an electric car in line with filling a tank of petrol.&nbsp;</p> <p>We got an average of 133mpg from the XL1. That&rsquo;s some way off the claimed figure but we spent most of the journey driving it like any other car. With a few new habits we reckon we&rsquo;d have it comfortably over 200mpg.</p> <p>Just add a couple more seats and this would be the ultimate green machine.</p> <p><em>Photography by <a href="http://www.jameslipman.com/">James Lipman</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="7309" height="4912" title="Looking good" alt="Best electric cars test - BMW i8, Volkswagen XL1, Tesla Model S reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JL8_4807.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3280" height="4928" title="From the future" alt="The lean, the mean &amp; the green: electric car supertest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_JL43716.jpg?1415989604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 vs Tesla Model S vs Volkswagen XL1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eco-supercars go head to head in a coast to coast challenge </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/lean-mean-green-electric-car-supertest/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/lean-mean-green-electric-car-supertest/feature#comments BMW Cars Electric cars Hybrid cars i8 Model S Tesla Volkswagen XL1 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:22:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452761 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW C Evolution http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW’s electric scooter marks you out as a (rich) non-conformist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW&#039;s electric maxi scoot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140820_143600.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the left-hand side of the C Evolution&rsquo;s handlebars is a button marked &lsquo;R&rsquo;. It doesn&rsquo;t stand for &lsquo;Race&rsquo; or &lsquo;Recharge&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s &lsquo;Reverse&rsquo;. And as you wobble silently backwards, legs paddling furiously to stop yourself falling over, you realise that this really isn&rsquo;t a normal city scoot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £13,500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to ride </div> <div class="field-item even"> Quick and quiet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Doesn&#039;t require a full bike licence </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ostentatious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Did we mention it&#039;s £13,500? </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s it like to ride? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Approaching it in the car park, it has the same edgy styling as the C 600 and C650, but in a more futuristic pearlescent white and green finish. Want something less tree-huggy? Better call your local paintshop. We think the broad flanks and location of the BMW logo would make for an amazing WWII fighter-plane-style shark mouth design, but we&rsquo;re prone to wild imaginings.</p> <p>Turn on the &lsquo;ignition&rsquo; and the single LCD display lights up with an (initially bewildering) array of trip and charge information. Press the &lsquo;start&rsquo; button and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a beep and disconcerting silence - familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s ever driven an electric car. Twist the throttle, though, and you&rsquo;re off.</p> <p>As it&rsquo;s electric, all of the torque from its 48hp motor is available from the moment you twist the throttle. No gears; just a whine and a whoosh all the way up to over the legal motorway limit and then, trusting the ABS, all the way back down again.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not ballistic, mind you, because it weighs 265kg. But it is excitingly brisk. You&rsquo;ll leave cars behind at the lights but couriers, on their grungy 600cc Suzukis, will be ahead of you. They might even be contemplating the classic carbon-counters conundrum about their old combustion engine versus your new battery-powered one with its poisonous batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>In contrast to riding a motorbike (for which all your hands and feet and ears are required to make it go) or a scooter (in which the engine revs bear little relation to forward momentum) the C Evolution just goes. It&rsquo;s supremely easy to start and stop, and a combination of the torque and light throttle make it a doddle to balance in traffic. That more than compensates for its portly proportions, giving you the confidence to aim it at a gap and go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten geek accessories</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That paint job is so Palo Alto, darling" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90132938_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The cockpit" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_144214.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The mirrors are high and large and the instrument screen &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve learnt to ignore its dancing power and charge graphs &ndash; is surprisingly legible in sunlight.</p> <p>Next to the aforementioned Reverse button, there&rsquo;s a rocker button to muck about with the trip computer, including average power consumption, range and a Honda Insight-style eco rating. Over on the other side is the &lsquo;Mode&rsquo; button. It lets you switch between Dynamic, Road, Sail and Eco Pro, each of which offers varying levels of on-tap power and regenerative braking.</p> <p>The Mode button is not quite positioned for pressing without letting go off the throttle, which is probably deliberate &ndash; more likely you&rsquo;ll choose a mode when you set off and stick with it, hitting up Eco Pro when the battery&rsquo;s looking low.&nbsp;Which is after about 50-60 miles, depending on whether you&rsquo;re riding it like you stole it. You can charge the C Evolution using a fast charger or a normal three-pin &ndash; there&rsquo;s storage for the cable under the seat and the socket is in a cubby underneath the handlebars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review"> Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an arrow that points forward. Just in case" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143644.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s the Reverse button. Use cautiously" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143654.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Dynamic mode and hustle, or Sail mode and heated grips?" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143703.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW C Evolution tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power: 48hp at 4650rpm<br />Torque: 72Nm at 0-4500rpm<br />Top speed: 75mph<br />0-62mph: 6.2secs<br />Charge time: 0 to 80% in 2:45h, standard plug<br />Range: approx 60 miles<br />Length: 2190mm<br />Weight: 265kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: What&#039;s it like being you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So. We&rsquo;ve done the growling, chest-beating bit with the horsepower and whatnot, and we&rsquo;ve done the experiential on-the-bike bit, so the only thing left to figure out is you. Who are you?</p> <p>Who are you that would spend over &pound;13,000 on an electric scooter? That&rsquo;s Italian sportsbike money or enough for a larkish four-wheeler such as a Renualt Twingo. If you&rsquo;re set on two-wheeled electric thrills, you could import a Zero FX electric motocross bike from Europe for a few grand less, or buy a Brammo Empulse R electric sportsbike here in Britain for a few grand more.</p> <p>You could buy a super-economical, auto gearbox Honda NC750X motorbike for half the price of a BMW C Evolution, or you could buy a pretty tasty electric bicycle for about &pound;4000.</p> <p>What we&#39;re getting at is that while the idea of an electric BMW scooter is a good one, and it is a good scooter, &pound;13,500 seems like an awful lot of cash to pay for one. Just imagine yourself explaining it to someone at a party. Go on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten">The most exciting cars tested from&nbsp;the Tesla Model S to the BMW i8&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The boot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143934.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Some full-face helmets go in here" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143924.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Room for two" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90148694_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW C Evolution is quick, smart, easy to ride and environmentally awesome. Still, even with petrol savings in mind, that pricetag sure is hefty.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review#comments BMW Geek accessories Motorcycles Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:01:16 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1447911 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini drivers to get first dibs on parking spots thanks to new app http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Access the JustPark app via Mini&#039;s Connected in-car entertainment system for stress-free shopping trips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The JustPark app could take the stress out of shopping" alt="Mini JustPark app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/070814min.jpg?1408413263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&#39;s navigated the parking at Westfield Stratford City around Christmas will attest to the life-changing experience.</p> <p>It&#39;s like a scene from a Roland Emmerich film - cars everywhere, children screaming and parents resorting to post-apocalyptical measures in order to secure the last parking space on Earth.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s not something Mini drivers will need worry to about again thanks to a new app.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the end of parking pains? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app, called JustPark, connects drivers with home and business owners looking to rent out parking spaces. It can also point out the nearest multi-storey and tell the driver how many spaces remain.</p> <p>BMW has made JustPark available as part of its Connected infotainment system, meaning Mini owners can access the handy app on the move via the dashboard and removing the need to fumble with smartphones in pockets.</p> <p>Those in search of parking nirvana first have to register with the free-to-download service and enter a few details. They can then search by postcode or their current location and arrange the list of local parking spaces by distance and price.</p> <p>Parking spots range from a driveway in front of someone&rsquo;s house to spare spaces at local hotels and businesses. Once the space has been selected and paid for, the driver is then directed to it via the car&#39;s sat-nav system.</p> <p>BMW plans to roll the application out to all of its models by the end of this year, meaning Christmas shopping may not leave such a deep mental scar this year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review">BMW i8 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="902" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/070814min-a.jpg?1408413263" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news#comments Android apps BMW Cars iOS apps Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:51:03 +0000 Leon Poultney 1444851 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i8 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BMW i8 hybrid supercar lands from the future to reassure petrolheads that excitement and eco can co-exist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-i8-scissor-doors_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Car makers so far aren&rsquo;t in agreement on how to dress the future. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla</a>, for example, based its electric technology around a conventionally good-looking car with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>. For the i8 supercar, BMW is basically saying, &lsquo;dammit, this electric stuff is new. Let&rsquo;s style it new, too&rsquo;.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £94,845.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (inc. £5000 government grant) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supercar performance with hatchback economy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Astonishing looks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds absolutely awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fabulous cabin and in-car tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No-one will hit the headline economy figures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny boot and little rear leg room </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great sound is vital for a supercar, but how can an electric motor and a three-cylinder engine match the soul-pounding thunder of a V8 or V10? We don&rsquo;t know how, but they can. The i8 sounds fabulous. We suspect synthesizer trickery but it matters little.</p> <p>Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it&rsquo;s no more Mr Green Guy. Shifting through the automatic&rsquo;s six speeds using the wheel mounted paddles brings about a fearsome bassy crack on each change, and the engine howls as if it&rsquo;s got at least three more cylinders as speed multiplies. At times you hear the distinctive (and no less appealing) three-pot thrum, while the controlled scream from the electric motor is one of the best we&rsquo;ve heard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="400" title="Two cars that prove &quot;green&quot; and &quot;supercar&quot; can appear in the same sentence" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-wide.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it’s no more Mr Green Guy" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-wheel_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extreme yoghurt weaving </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because the core of the car is made of plastic woven with carbon fibres, the whole thing is still relatively light at 1,490kg - even with those two engines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also very stiff - you feel it when you corner hard and realise you could take that same corner much, much faster.</p> <p>With the petrol engine at the back driving the rear wheels and the electric motor at the opposite end powering the front wheels, the all-paw traction is excellent and the weight balance spot on. With the steering weighted up in Sport, the car feels fabulous. And it rides beautifully. Firm but with each clattering pothole wrapped in velvet and disposed without fuss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: H2OMG: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/h2omg-240mph-car-powered-only-salt-water/news" target="_blank">This 240MPH car is powered only by salt water</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 + country road = giggles galore" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-outside.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, I see </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No car we&rsquo;ve ever driven has been fan-filmed in London to the same extent as the i8 and we were very glad of Surround-view to help us avoid anything dumb for YouTubers to lap up. This takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone&rsquo;s eye view of the car so you don&rsquo;t whack those 20in wheels on kerbs, taxis or vans nudging over for a closer look.</p> <p>This option also bundles in collision avoidance tech that at one point in an Oxfordshire village terrifyingly flashed up a graphic of a cyclist onto the heads-up display and briefly slammed on the brakes. There was an oncoming cyclist but we&rsquo;d both decided there was enough room and neither of us appreciated the car&rsquo;s input.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-–-volkswagen-xl1/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen&#39;s super-efficient XL1 delivers 313mpg - for &pound;98,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surround-view takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone’s eye view of the car" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-sensor.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a proper reversing camera, too" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-camera.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government sanctioned fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only will our Government waive the i8&rsquo;s annual VED tax, it&rsquo;ll also hand you a &pound;5,000 discount. Which is like trading food stamps for aged Comte at the farmers&rsquo; market.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s because the i8 can officially run 23 miles on just electric power once the lithium-ion battery pack&rsquo;s been topped up. The electric-only thrust is not as potent as that in its urban cousin, the i3 supermini, and most owners will run it in tandem with the 1.5-litre engine to give a full 357bhp, but it does allow BMW to record 135mpg fuel consumption and CO2 of 49g/km. This is laughable, but the 33mpg we achieved over 122 miles of more sinning than saintliness was staggering for a car of this potency.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="31.2mpg from a supercar? Magic, that is" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-dashboard.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Days of the week supercar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The boot&rsquo;s tiny but otherwise the i8 can be used everyday without stress. It takes a bit of undignified bottom shuffling to get over the high sills and into the cabin, but those very light &lsquo;dihedral&rsquo; scissor-like doors open up wide to help you.</p> <p>The view out front is expansive, the steering light in all driving modes but Sport and the six-speed auto does its thing effortlessly.</p> <p>The elevated 8.8in screen is manipulated as it is in all of BMWs posher cars - with a wheel control instead of touch, and it displays sat nav with 3D graphics showing buildings, along with a host of other info. Listen to DAB digital radio or sync your smartphone to stream music. There&rsquo;s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality. Next year&rsquo;s Audi R8 replacement might run it close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-building-james-bonds-amphibious-lotus-real/news" target="_blank">Elon Musk is building James Bond&#39;s amphibious Lotus, for real</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beautiful vents and curves, but the boot is tiny" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-rear.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There’s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-interior_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW i8 is like one of those all-you-can-eat salad buffets at a pizza restaurant. Approached with serious restraint it&rsquo;s healthy and good for planetary well-being, but go to town and it also delivers a kick of delicious badness.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s naughty and nice in perfect harmony, and like the salad, this plug-in hybrid is nowhere near as saintly as the official description would have you believe. But it&rsquo;s still a hell of a lot more efficient than its near price rival the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and arguably more fun to drive. And just look at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news" target="_blank">Nissan&#39;s virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo to Goodwood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-2.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stop hoarding the petrol and cease trolling the climate-change forums: the i8 proves there&rsquo;s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 review: the future of supercars? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review#comments BMW Cars Geek accessories Hybrid cars i8 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:55:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444352 at http://www.stuff.tv Turn your car into a movie camera with GoPro integration for BMW and Mini http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Recording that molten hot lap around the Nurburgring just got a hell of a lot easier thanks to the BMW Group’s free-to-download app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Turn your car into a movie camera with GoPro integration for BMW and Mini " alt="Turn your car into a movie camera with GoPro integration for BMW and Mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mini-gopro.jpg?1402661191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A trip around Germany&rsquo;s infamous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring is a rite of passage for any self-confessed petrolhead.</p> <p>Yes, a crash could end up costing nearly &pound;1500, but the opportunity to thrash an everyday runaround along the challenging stretch of completely unrestricted tarmac is just too good to miss.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using the free-to-download Mini Connected app, you can start shooting movies, take pictures and adjust the settings on your cameras from inside the car and without touching your smartphone.</p> <p>iPhone users can download Mini Connected from the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mini-connected/id376699654?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>; your iPhone links to the Mini Connected XL package or your BMW&#39;s iDrive console using ConnectedDrive software.</p> <p>From here, any wannabe Stig can hit record and select special modes, which optimise image quality in various driving conditions, such as low-light night driving and fast cornering.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6VtKoknyTHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A preview image can also be displayed that shows the camera&rsquo;s perspective but, in the interests of safety, it&#39;s only available when the car is stationary.</p> <p>Only Wi-Fi enabled Hero 3 GoPros need apply - or customers can order the WiFi Bacpac for older models - but it has put an end to the awkward guesswork involved in setting up the perfect shot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mini-superleggera-vision-concept-looks-simply-electrifying/news" target="_blank">Mini Superleggera Vision concept looks simply electrifying</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can control your GoPro through your Mini&#039;s touchscreen" alt="You can control your GoPro through your Mini&#039;s touchscreen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-mini-2.jpg?1402661191" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news#comments BMW Cars GoPro Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:06:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439046 at http://www.stuff.tv The BMW M5 '30 Jahre' marks its birthday with 600 stampeding horses http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-m5-30-jahre-marks-its-birthday-600-stampeding-horses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget chocolate cake, this super saloon is celebrating 30 years with a petrolhead-pleasing power hike </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The birthday boy – make a wish" alt="The BMW M5 30 Jahre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bmw-m5-30-jahre-01.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What does BMW M5 &lsquo;30 Jahre&rsquo; actually mean? </strong><br />Clearly you never studied German at school; it&#39;s celebrating 30 years of the BMW M5. But all you need to know is that this special edition packs a mind-boggling 600hp (592bhp) and a head-spinning 700Nmn torque. That ensures a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 199mph, in case you were wondering.</p> <p><strong>So why the massive power hike? </strong><br />Because it&rsquo;s the perfect way to celebrate 30 years of one of the most iconic super saloons ever made. The BMW M5 has long been the vehicle of choice for those wanting limousine luxury in a package that can scare a supercar &ndash;&nbsp;so gifting the potent 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with an extra 25bhp over the standard model is the least BMW engineers could do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Can the car handle that sort of power? </strong><br />It certainly can, because the &#39;30 Jahre&rsquo; M5 is actually based on the Competition Pack version, which means it&#39;s endowed with firmer springs and dampers for improved handling, a lower ride height and faster reactions from the electro-mechanical steering system. Hopping from boardroom to a lap around Brands Hatch has never been so simple&hellip; or exciting.</p> <p><strong>How do we tell the limited edition model apart from the standard M5? </strong><br />Because only 300 models will be distributed worldwide, BMW has peppered the limited edition vehicle with special &lsquo;30 Jahre&rsquo; badges both inside and out, as well as finishing every model in matte silver with dark chrome trim accents. Oh, there&rsquo;s also a set of enormous bespoke alloys throw in in for good measure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Other drivers will be seeing a lot of this angle." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-02.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Those enormous bespoke alloys." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-06.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The interior? None more black, of course." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-04.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="A handy badge, just in case you forget what car you&#039;re driving." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-07.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It all sounds very expensive, how much will it cost?</strong><br />Like we said, only 300 will be made available globally &ndash;&nbsp;so expect to part with around &pound;82,000 for this rare beast. That&rsquo;s a good &pound;10k over the standard model, but surely it&rsquo;s a small price to pay for the most powerful BMW M5 ever produced?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/saroleas-155mph-electric-superbike-hits-60mph-less-3-seconds/news" target="_blank">Saroléa&#39;s 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A new M5 with more horses under the bonnet." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-05_0.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Another nameplate. You are forgetful, aren&#039;t you?" alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-08_0.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The view of this car that you want to have." alt="BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-m5-30-jahre-03.jpg?1399702933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW M5 &#039;30 Jahre&#039; packs 600hp </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-m5-30-jahre-marks-its-birthday-600-stampeding-horses/news#comments BMW Cars Hot Stuff Thu, 08 May 2014 16:41:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1436772 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car has augmented reality HUD http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-vision-future-luxury-concept-car-has-augmented-reality-hud/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW&#039;s 7-Series concept packs laser headlights, a carbon fibre body and AR tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bmw-vision-future-luxury-01.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Very futuristic.</strong><br />It should be &ndash; this is the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car. Expect to see many of its features making their way over to the forthcoming sixth-generation 7-Series.</p> <p><strong>What features would those be? </strong><br />Well, the design, for one thing. It&#39;s made from carbon fibre, with the seat frames forming part of the load-bearing structure. That&#39;s enabled BMW to give the car a pared-down B-pillar &ndash; and those rear coach doors, too. Round the front, there are Laserlight headlamps &ndash; similar to those seen on the recent Audi Laserlight, they pump out up to 10 times more illumination than LED headlamps. At the back, OLED lights allow for thinner, more artfully-designed rear lamps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s all very well, but what&#39;s it like to drive? </strong><br />BMW&#39;s keeping schtum about some fairly vital details &ndash; like the powertrain and chassis &ndash; but it promises that the design of the car will optimise airflow and reduce drag. That&#39;s thanks to its Air Breather system behind the front wheel arch and a C-pillar with internal air channeling. If only they&#39;d thought to wrap it in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/peugeot/peugeot-exalt-concept-car-made-synthetic-shark-skin-and-hand-beaten-steel/news" target="_blank">synthetic sharkskin</a>, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-03.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-06.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-08.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-04.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&#39;m not hearing much about luxury here&hellip; </strong><br />Aside from the swathes of leather and &quot;pure silk carpet&quot; covering the interior, you also get plenty of tech to help your journey pass in comfort.</p> <p>Passengers in the front and back get touchscreen information displays that can be used to communicate with the driver and connect to the internet &ndash; BMW suggests that you use it to book opera tickets using its ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service, which gives you some idea of the car&#39;s target market. Passengers in the back also get a detachable tablet that can be used for infotainment and web browsing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-12.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-11.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-14.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-05.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But what about the driver? Don&#39;t they get any tech to play with? </strong><br />Fear not &ndash; the BMW Vision Future Luxury overlays augmented reality information onto the windscreen. BMW claims that it&#39;ll highlight &quot;buildings, traffic signs or hazards&quot; &ndash; we thought traffic signs were pretty good at highlighting themselves, but oh well &ndash; while also providing real-time information about traffic light phasing.</p> <p><strong>When can I buy it?</strong><br />As we said, this is a concept car designed to showcase features that&#39;ll appear on the sixth-generation 7-Series. So while you won&#39;t be able to buy this car in its present form, the 7-Series will come with many of its features &ndash; suitably watered down for mainstream consumer tastes, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/peugeot/peugeot-exalt-concept-car-made-synthetic-shark-skin-and-hand-beaten-steel/news" target="_blank">Peugeot Exalt concept car is made from synthetic shark skin and hand-beaten steel</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-15.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-09.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-10.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW Vision Future Luxury" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-02.jpg?1398728793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-vision-future-luxury-concept-car-has-augmented-reality-hud/news#comments BMW Cars Hot Stuff Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:53:27 +0000 Stephen Graves 1436194 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i3 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW says it has created the first affordable premium electric car. Does the i3 match up to the claims? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC_2553.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The i3 is an astonishing thing.</p> <p>Looking like a motor show escapee, it achieves the road presence of a Range Rover in a car the length of a Ford Fiesta. Thanks to a revolutionary lightweight carbon-fibre bodyshell it even weighs about the same as the small Ford despite the chunky lithium-ion batteries. But it also costs twice as much.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £25,680.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot hatch acceleration and handling </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lounge-luxurious interior </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Awesome dash-screen and smartphone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Usual electric car range limitations </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not that roomy in the back </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Must-have extras cost lots </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sitting in it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That design. Is the uneven side-window arrangement ugly or are we just not cool enough to appreciate it? Let&#39;s move on. <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/gallery?viewid=108642" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL BMW i3 GALLERY HERE</a></strong></p> <p>Inside it&rsquo;s a delight. Get the spec right, and the 10.2in central screen appears to float above the undulating strip of matt-finished eucalyptus wood. The seats are covered in a lovely modern wool in Lodge trim and the SUV-elevated view out is expansive. It&rsquo;s a great place to spend time in traffic.</p> <p>Rear passengers enter via back-hinged &lsquo;suicide&rsquo; doors, but it&rsquo;s not as roomy behind as we&rsquo;d pictured. The rear-mounted electric motor robs boot space, too. The Nissan Leaf EV is a tad more practical, but it certainly doesn&#39;t have the aesthetic impact.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2554.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2596.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2625.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driving it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oh my giddy aunt does this thing fly. A career spent driving cars of all stripes does not prepare you for the sheer accelerative force of the i3. Neither does BMW&rsquo;s claimed 0-62mph sprint time of 7.2 seconds &ndash; it feels so much faster because of the electric-car trick of accessing all the torque muscle instantly. <p>That it&rsquo;s delivered so smoothly and quietly will surely be the killer premium selling-point for city-based execs.</p> <p>Even more impressive, our car was the heavier extended-range version with another 120kg of BMW motorbike engine and assorted gubbins in the rear. This doesn&rsquo;t join in, but instead tops up the battery when needed to increase usable range from 80-100 miles to 150-180 miles, according to BMW - they wouldn&#39;t let us take it quite that far in our test.</p> <p>As promised, the i3 does love to corner. The only downside of the ultra-stiff carbon shell is an unbending, pain-is-gain approach to potholes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90138625_highRes.jpg?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interacting with it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla was the first maker to really yank cars into the smartphone era with its huge touch-screen dash, and with the i3 BMW isn&rsquo;t too far behind. <p>There&#39;s no touch-screen, but the wheel-guided menus are easy to access and the graphics some of the nicest we&rsquo;ve seen in a car. There&rsquo;s a wealth of battery-related info including how many miles extra range we&rsquo;d have if we turned off comfort functions such as the heating fan, while wave graphics show how much smoother and economical you could be (judging by the stormy seas, quite a lot in our case - perhaps BMW shouldn&#39;t have made it so much fun to drive).</p> <p>We loved using the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bmw-i-remote/id689000407?mt=8" target="_blank">i Remote app</a> for Apple (<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bmwi.remote&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">or Android</a>) phones. This is part of BMW&rsquo;s SIM-embedded ConnectedDrive service and shows battery life, charging status, efficiency in the last journey, miles to service, etc. You can even lock and unlock the car using the phone. Slower than the standard blipper, yet a million times more glee-inducing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2588.jpg?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2560.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2635.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2637.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charging it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The really clever bit about the (optional) navigation system is not the ability to see your destination on Google Streetview (although that is cool in itself), but the list of local charging points. <p>Wanting to try this, we discovered central London is actually pretty well served, with many in NCP car parks. One day hopefully the system will tell you if they&rsquo;re already in use or not.</p> <p>Charging is slightly annoying in that the car&rsquo;s plug socket is on the continental side facing the traffic, but the heavy cable is long enough to reach. The Source London operated point had a choice of 3kW household charger and a 7kW fast charger &ndash; BMW reckons that filling to 80 percent from empty on the latter takes around three hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2615_0.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2611.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2562.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_2613.JPG?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paying for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember that Mastermind champion who couldn&rsquo;t figure out the energy companies&rsquo; baffling tariffs? Trying to work out whether the i3 is good value would finish him off. We&rsquo;ll split this by pros and cons. <p>Pros: The government&rsquo;s &pound;5,000 plug-in discount is already factored into the &pound;25,680 start price, but owners pay nothing for the annual tax disc. There&rsquo;s zero company car tax on the pure electric version and both it and the extended range version duck the London congestion charge. According to BMW, 10,000 miles will cost you &pound;140 in electricity using EDF&rsquo;s nighttime Economy-7 tariff (i.e. charge it overnight), compared to &pound;854 to fuel a frugal Audi A3 1.6 diesel over the same miles.</p> <p>Cons: A similarly practical BMW 116i costs &pound;100 less to finance per month than the cheapest i3 lease (&pound;369). And no-one will keep it that low: the i3&rsquo;s long list of must-have extras includes a charge-point cable at &pound;169 and the charge-point finding sat nav for &pound;960, so that monthly price is going to creep up steadily once you get to the options list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i3 review" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90138641_highRes.jpg?1403028824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i3 facts and figures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Price: from &pound;25,680 (pure electric version)</p> <p>Monthly cost: from &pound;369</p> <p>Top speed: 93mph</p> <p>Max power: 170hp</p> <p>Max torque: 250NM</p> <p>0-62mph: 7.2 secs</p> <p>Kerb weight: 1195kg</p> <p>Official range: 118 miles</p> <p>&lsquo;Everyday&rsquo; range: 80-100 miles</p> <p>Time to charge to 80 percent, AC fast charge: 3 hours</p> <p>Length: 3999mm</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is definitely a premium electric car. The astonishing kick of acceleration is delivered with all the unruffled insouciance of V12 limos of old and the interior combines modern technology and natural materials in a truly beguiling way.</p> <p>The smartphone interaction is delicious, too. But affordable? Not for everyone. For most, the electric-car range limitations means this will be a second car and in that role the costly i3 is pure, pricey indulgence. But that&#39;s not to say we wouldn&#39;t buy one in an instant if we could.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The i3 has so much clever tech to engage with, brag about and revel in, the high price will feel like good value to the more affluent technophile</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review#comments BMW Cars Electric cars Geek accessories i3 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:27:33 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430371 at http://www.stuff.tv Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot vehicles aren&#039;t some far-off tech dream. They&#039;re already on the road, and they&#039;re set to transform driving in the very near future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1102" height="826" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-car.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We may not have jetpacks and hoverboards yet, but when it comes to transport of the future we are literally <em>that</em> close to robot chauffeurs who will whisk you from work to home while you put your feet up in the back seat and unwind.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d heard Google was making self-driving cars, but they also think the internet comes in balloons. They&#039;re crazy, aren&#039;t they? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The search engine&#39;s self-driving cars have been terrifying VIP visitors to the Googleplex for a couple of years now. The project was first unveiled in 2010, when it drove out of the fabled X Lab in a state far more mature and road-worthy than many could believe.</p> <p>Just three years earlier, six teams from around the world built self-driving cars that could complete the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA_Grand_Challenge" target="_blank">DARPA Grand Challenge</a>, but the fastest could only average 14mph. It was fun, but not exactly practical for fetching the shopping. The Google car, with its road-worthy intelligence, was seemingly generations ahead of everyone else.</p> <p>And thanks to Google&#39;s ingenuity and clout, the idea has caught on fast. Most motor manufacturers are investigating the tech, and city planners from San Francisco to Soweto talk about them with enthusiasm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1165" height="874" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-car-2.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I bet they&#039;re expensive, though? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google typically uses Toyota Priuses (of course) with a US$150,000 custom rig of cameras and laser beam radar systems on top that provide the on-board computer with a real-time 360 degree view of everything that&#39;s going on around it.</p> <p>However, commercial self-driving cars shouldn&#39;t command quite such a premium. The University of Oxford has shown off a prototype named &#39;RoboCar&#39; &ndash; who said academics were no fun? - that costs just &pound;5,000 today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/INHAKsQ9NfA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But robot cars? Surely they can&#039;t be safe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than three and a half thousand people are killed on the roads every single day &ndash; 50% of whom aren&#39;t travelling in cars at the time. So tell us again about those wonderful human reaction times and how awesome your driving is.</p> <p>The reason tech firms from Motorola to Microsoft and transport planners are excited about autonomous cars is because taking driving out of human hands could be one of the most effective ways of saving lives since smallpox was eradicated.</p> <p>Google&#39;s cars have already proved themselves safer than human drivers, with just two minor accidents on record. One was the fault of the human driver, who had taken temporary control, the other was a rear-end shunt while the robot car was stationary.</p> <p>By continually drawing 3D maps taken from lots of sensors and comparing them against each other in real-time, the promise of robot cars are vehicles that are so aware of their surroundings it&#39;s almost impossible to crash into them. The theory is that autonomous cars are vehicles that are better at keeping following distances, don&#39;t shoot red lights and can brake harder, faster and more safely when they detect danger around them.</p> <p>Oh, and without human interference there&#39;d be no chancing it with split second red lights or undertaking to worry about. And since there&#39;d be bunching up on motorways and creating pointless traffic bottlenecks, or heavy feet to stamp on the accelerator, traffic would move faster, more efficiently and use less fuel too. Keeping traffic flowing safely and smoothly would also negate the effect that gridlock and traffic jams have on local economies too. At least, that&#39;s the theory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d never let a car drive me – what if there&#039;s a literal blue screen of death? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&#39;s why current legislation &ndash; where it even exists &ndash; insists that there has to be a driver who can take control if the autonomous system stops working. Ultimately, though, if all cars were autonomous, it wouldn&#39;t matter if one went rogue or broke down &ndash; the others would already know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How would they know? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The current state of research into self-driving cars is mainly focussed on giving vehicles the intelligence to be aware of their surroundings and react to them. Cameras, laser beams, GPS receivers and other sensors festoon the surface of these vehicles so that they can spot potential problems &ndash; like someone racing up too fast behind you or a pothole in the road ahead &ndash; and taking appropriate action.</p> <p>The next stage of development, however, is to get cars talking together over local networks or even 4G connections. That way, the cars could self-organise into the most efficient and safe driving patterns possible, something that researchers at <a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/solving-cities/the-highway-of-the-future-is-273-more-efficient/" target="_blank">IEEE</a> believe could increase the capacity of our roads by 273%.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-how_0.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But really, the technology must be years off? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mercedes-Benz already has a semi-autonomous version of its S-Class out now. That car has an augmented cruise control which can keep you in the centre of a motorway lane. GM and Volvo both plan to release more mass-market cars with similar systems within the next three years.</p> <p>The biggest news, however, is that just a week after Nissan said it would have fully autonomous cars on the streets by 2020, Volvo announced that it will trial a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles in its home town of Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017.</p> <p>These will be safe enough, says Volvo, that the drivers won&#39;t have to monitor the car&#39;s behaviour constantly and will be able to relax and read the paper as they go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Isn&#039;t Volvo a little, well, sensible to be getting into exciting things like robot cars? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swedish government has set itself the ambitious target of zero traffic fatalities by 2020 &ndash; Volvo itself says it wants no-one to be killed by one of its (new) cars by the same date.</p> <p>We even spent time driving (well, not driving) Volvo&#39;s autonomous car last year. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature" target="_blank">And we were impressed</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524662355001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524662355001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volvo, huh? Next you&#039;ll be telling me Milton Keynes is on the cutting edge... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Actually Milton Keynes is so far beyond the cutting edge on this one it&#39;s doubled round and knocked itself out on the blunt side of the knife. A fleet of 100 pod-like vehicles capable of travelling at up to 12mph is set to arrive in the town some time in 2017, following a vanguard attack of 20 such vehicles next year.</p> <p>The space-y looking pods seat two people, and the initial batch will only be able to move down specially designated pathways. The second wave, however, will be equipped with sensors for avoiding collisions and be allowed to share routes with pedestrians.</p> <p>David Cameron has also said that he wants to go further, and make the UK a leader in driverless car tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524620831001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524620831001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driverless pods in Milton Keynes? Is this the Reliant Robin of the future? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You do know Reliant built an electric sportscar that predated the Tesla by 30 years, don&#39;t you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1025" height="769" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robin.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything I know is wrong. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it probably is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google, Drive: how robot vehicles will transform motoring </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature#comments Audi BMW Ford Google Self-Driving Cars Volvo Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:24:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430198 at http://www.stuff.tv Right idea, wrong time: the tech that turned up too early http://www.stuff.tv/apple/right-idea-wrong-time-tech-turned-too-early/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s iPad, Sega&#039;s Kinect and how Apple nearly invented the World Wide Web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Newton MessagePad" alt="Apple Newton MessagePad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-newton-messagepad.jpg?1379828371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology isn't just about having bright ideas. It's about having those ideas at the right time. Time it right and untold riches await - but turn up too early and you'll end up as a footnote to someone else's success story. Here are ten technologies that could have been contenders...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">Gary_Marshall</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sega&#039;s Kinect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You plug it into your games console, it watches you move and it turns your wavy arms and kicking feet into killer kung-fu moves. No, not Kinect: Sega's 1993 Activator, which Destructoid called "the crappiest game peripheral ever made". The idea was sound but the implementation wasn't: your $80 didn't quite deliver the full-body tracking the ads implied - your movements were mapped to basic up, down, left, right, A, B, C and so on&nbsp; - and it was bulky, ugly and a pain to set up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ql-UZv3AS-E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seiko&#039;s smart watch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Galaxy Gear</a> is a very old idea: Seiko was making smartwatches such as the RC-1000 back in 1984. The RC-1000 was little more than a very simple PDA that you could control from a PC, but then again the Samsung Galaxy Gear doesn't do very much either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1n40eueB2Gg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s premature iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The MessagePad Newton was the iPhone a decade too early: battery technology was primitive, with early models sucking triple-A batteries dry in the blink of an eye; today's bright, capacitive touchscreens were many years away; and wireless connectivity and mobile broadband were yet to deliver on their promises. The Newton was a nifty tool, but it arrived too early to be the world-conquering monolith that 2007's iPhone would become.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w3FuTpWbmCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The other USB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firewire, Apple's version of the IEEE1394 high speed serial interface, was designed to offer super-fast connections between devices. However, while it was early to market in the late 1990s, some odd decisions - three different kinds of connections and, from 2002, two different standards (for example Apple offered Firewire 800 in its higher-end Macs but limited consumer models to the slower Firewire 400) - made it easy for USB to catch up and ultimately overtake it.</p> <p>USB 2.0 overtook Firewire 400 in the speed stakes, and the 2008 USB 3.0 standard eclipsed Firewire 800 completely with performance measured not in megabits, but in gigabits.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xP5aLoRozt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sir Clive&#039;s BMW i5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2013, car fans are getting excited about a zero-emissions vehicle powered by electricity - but in 1985, they were chortling at exactly the same thing. We're the first to admit that 2013's BMW i5 is a much faster, safer and sexier vehicle than the Sinclair C5, but Sir Clive's ahead-of-its-time invention remained the world's best selling electric vehicle until 2011.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l5N937V8ZOw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> O2&#039;s iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looks like a child's toy now, but the O2 XDA (2002, also known as the HTC Wallaby) felt pretty groovy at the time: it managed to combine a colour PDA with a proper phone, web browsing, email and a touch-screen interface, and it was solid enough that you could use it as a weapon to bludgeon your enemies to death. 2005's XDA IIi was a veritable cornucopia of connectivity: three-band GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth, MMS, SMS, Infrared and 802.11b - but reviewers slammed the Windows Mobile operating system, which was far from intuitive. 2007's iPhone ground Windows Mobile into the dust.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/g7mnLGSQWdo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polaroid&#039;s Vine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Short, sharp video clips are everywhere thanks to services such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vine-co-founder-six-seconds-video-felt-perfect-and-it-still-does/news">Vine</a>, but Polaroid got there decades before: its Polavision came out the same year as Star Wars (1977) and enabled you to record quick video hits. Unfortunately it came out just before Betamax and VHS did the whole video thing much better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QLXfhMI7B5Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerline networking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you've encountered powerline networking - moving data via your home's electricity cabling - you've probably seen it in the form of HomePlug, but while the HomePlug Powerline Alliance has been around for 13 years the CEBus standard was developed a full sixteen years earlier. Unfortunately it wasn't very quick: average data transfer speeds were around 7Kbps. Today's Powerline kit (pictured) is almost 1,000 times faster.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Powerline networking" alt="Powerline networking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netgearpowerline.jpg?1379828371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple almost invents the World Wide Web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bill Atkinson's Hypercard, which came out in 1987, was the first commercially successful hypermedia system. It organised data into cards which you could navigate around, or browse, and data in one card could be hyperlinked to data in another. Its very versatility made it hard to market, but a system based on very similar principles was unveiled four years later and did pretty well. That one was called the World Wide Web.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EMFscTOazS0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's a sad irony to the damage the iPad is doing to Microsoft's Windows business, because Microsoft was in the tablet market first. Nine years before Apple unveiled its tablet computer Microsoft had manufacturers making Tablet PCs, portable devices with touchscreen interfaces. They bombed for several reasons - price, Microsoft trying to cram an entire desktop operating system into a tablet; touchscreens that wanted pens, not fingers; bone-headed internal squabbling that meant Office didn't work properly; and battery, touchscreen and wireless tech that wasn't quite up to the job of all-day mobile use. Every time somebody buys an iPad, Steve Ballmer sheds a tear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s0ieg6P-rF8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple BMW Lists Microsoft O2 Polaroid Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:10:50 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426906 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i8 priced: the world’s coolest hybrid is £100,000 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8-priced-world-s-coolest-hybrid-100000/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well a sleek, sporty coupé that does 113mpg was never going to be cheap, was it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 priced: the world’s coolest hybrid is £100,000" alt="BMW i8 priced: the world’s coolest hybrid is £100,000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bmw-i8-main.jpg?1378917398" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BMW has put a price on its eminently desirable i8 plug-in hybrid: £99,845 on the road.</p> <p>It’s hardly a pittance, even by BMW standards – but then this is a car that’ll save you plenty on money on petrol without skimping on performance: how many hybrids can do 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and boast 113mpg efficiency? A Prius this ain’t.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charges from a standard AC socket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The i8 is powered by a 1.5l three-cylinder turbocharged engine working in tandem with an electric motor. The latter can be charged from a standard household electric socket (from 0 to 80 percent takes two hours, according to BMW). It’s an interesting trait for a 362hp car capable of 155mph.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-i8-side.jpg?1378917398" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-i8-interior.jpg?1378917398" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All electric option </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a full fuel tank and charged battery, it has a range of 310 miles, but there’s an “Eco Pro” option for all-electric operation if you wish – this will only switch to the petrol engine if the battery drop below a given level or you give the throttle a “sudden intense” application.</p> <p>If you like the idea of owning such a vehicle, you can pre-order an i8 from later this month. It will go on sale in the UK in July 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-i8-forest.jpg?1378917398" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> BMW Cars Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:35:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426535 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini's next car will be a mobile disco. Possibly http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/minis-next-car-will-be-mobile-disco-possibly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mini Vision concept has Saturday Night Fever with a disco fabulous light-up floor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini Vision" alt="Mini Vision" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mini-interior-2.jpg?1375063822" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BMW's gearing up for the new version of its Mini, showing off a concept called the Mini Vision that packs disco lights in the footwells. Yes, really.</p> <p>On the outside the eagle-eyed Mini fan may notice elliptical LED headlights, the old Mini-inspired hexagonal grille and a few tweaks to improve aerodynamics - all of which are welcome additions in the aesthetical department.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-griffin" title="View user profile.">Ben Griffin</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disco inferno </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But it's the interior that rocks our boat, mainly thanks to a "Mini Disco" floor, Union Jack elastic straps in the door cards for holding bits and bobs, ambient lighting and a clever digital version of the central circular display that lets you check your speed in either analogue, digital or even 3D formats.</p> <p>For days when you need to chill, you can use the Driving Control Experience switch to jump between 'pure and focused' and 'interconnected' modes, both which adjust the car's ambient lighting to improve your mood. Interconnected mode also happens to be where the disco floor comes into play, bringing your footwell to life in a wall of changing colour. Just remember to look where you're going.</p> <p>The Mini Vision concept is in itself a bit special. It was created using a clever virtual 3D hologram system that BMW uses to test and fine-tune any ideas on top of the more typical sketch and clay methods.</p> <p>Although it's only a concept, BMW will reveal what the actual production Mini will look like in November – so we'll get to see then just how much of the Vision makes it to production intact.</p> <p>If you prefer a mellow trip in the countryside to a nightclub on wheels, you could always go for one of three <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-much-can-you-fit-mini-more-youd-think/news">Mini Campervan concepts</a> instead and head to a beach at your earliest convenience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini Vision" alt="Mini Vision" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-vision.jpg?1375063822" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini Vision" alt="Mini Vision" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-vision-02.jpg?1375063822" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/minis-next-car-will-be-mobile-disco-possibly/news#comments BMW Cars Mini Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:14:07 +0000 Ben Griffin 1425125 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW C evolution e-scooter video preview http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution-e-scooter-video-preview/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take BMW&#039;s new electric scooter, the C evolution, for a spin in our latest video preview – but don&#039;t expect to see this environmentally-friendly hog on the road till at least 2014… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="330" height="276" title="BMW C evolution e-scooter" alt="BMW C evolution e-scooter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-c-evolution-e-scooter.png?1370357827" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1783224941001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1783224941001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution-e-scooter-video-preview/video#comments BMW C evolution e-scooter Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:26:12 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423775 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! BMW goes for green with its C evolution E-scooter http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/new-video-bmw-goes-green-its-c-evolution-e-scooter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW may be showing off its new E-scooter, but don&#039;t expect to see this planet-friendly hog on the road till at least 2014… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2012-08-13-at-18.50.34_0_0.png?1364399744" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4348.jpg?1364399744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BMW's conspicuously designed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/news-nugget/bmw-e-scooter-on-show-at-olympic-park">C evolution electric scooter</a> promises to be kind to the planet, get you to where you need to go within a 62 mile range, and serve up a maximum speed of around 75mph. That's all from a full charge. While we couldn't put these claims to the test, BMW let us ogle at its impressive stylings and get the low-down on the design and production process from product manager Christian Ebner.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/new-video-bmw-goes-for-green-with-its-c-evolution-e-scooter </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/new-video-bmw-goes-green-its-c-evolution-e-scooter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/new-video-bmw-goes-green-its-c-evolution-e-scooter/news#comments BMW Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:13:23 +0000 Lucy Hedges 422293 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i Pedelec electric folding bike revealed http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-folding-bike-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To celebrate the BWM iStore in London those German brains have unleashed a two wheeled triumph </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-bike_0.jpg?1364400042" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-i-pedelec-use_0.jpg?1364400042" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4809.jpg?1364400042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BMW has stepped into the folding bike and electric bike arenas with one mighty lunge thanks to the BMW i Pedelec. This concept bike, 200 of which were made for testing in Olympics traffic, was unveiled at the recently opened BMW iStore in London.</p> <p>The i Pedelec is a 3-speed folding bike that uses an electric motor to assist your pedal powers for up to 16mph, sweat-free. And with a charge time of only one and a half hours you don’t have to worry about running out of juice before the 25 mile range is reached. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-folding-bike-revealed </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-folding-bike-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-folding-bike-revealed/news#comments BMW Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:35:13 +0000 Luke Edwards 421599 at http://www.stuff.tv