The BMW i8 is no ordinary sports car. It’s an icon of progress — an extraordinary evolution of The Ultimate Driving Machine.® As a plug–in hybrid, this revolutionary vehicle combines the power of a Turbo engine and the efficiency of an all–electric motor for an exhilarating driving experience that’s every bit BMW.
At first glance, the BMW i8 comes across as a beautifully designed sports car. But it’s far more than just another sports car. Aerodynamics play a key role in the design of the BMW i8, with each detail working toward making the vehicle as high–performance and efficient as possible.
Its long wheelbase, short overhangs, precise lines and sweeping silhouette give the appearance that the vehicle is surging forward even when it is standing still. The scissor doors of the BMW i8 provide an undeniable emotional and sporty allure makes it truly one–of–a–kind.
The iconic BMW i accented kidney grille is almost fully closed with air control vents in the front only letting in as much air as the cooling system needs. The vents located in the front bumper channel air away from the front wheels to improve aerodynamics. The vent in front of the rear wheels serves as the intake for the rear Turbo 3–cylinder engine to redirect airflow and decrease drag.
The stream flow design of the rear provides the relevant down force needed to maintain agility while keeping the vehicle planted on the road at high speeds.
The sporty feel of the exterior carries over into the interior of the vehicle with each element positioned toward the utmost functionality and comfort for the driver.
Staying true to its sports car character, the BMW i8 focuses on the driver, angling the modern freestanding center console towards the left side.
Driver-relevant functions like the gear-shift lever, Start/Stop button, and parking brake are also arranged around the driver's seat for convenience.
The 3D, high-resolution displays convey relevant driving information directly on the dashboard in a clear and simple manner.
The BMW i8 uses a combination of premium, renewable materials for the most luxurious and comfortable drive. Extremely soft leather naturally tanned by olive leaves can also be found in the interior.
Both the driver and the passenger sit close to the ground in lightweight seats designed for comfort – even when going around the tightest corners.
When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance. The BMW i8 does just that, with help from its powerful, yet sustainable Turbo 3–cylinder combustion engine situated at the rear axle. Driven by a six–speed automatic transmission, power and performance are truly at your fingertips.
This vehicle is the first BMW production model to be powered by this type of engine, producing 231 hp with up to 236 lb–ft of torque. The BMW i8 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, making it as efficient as it is dynamic.
The Driving Experience Control switch on the center console offers various driving modes. On electric power alone, the BMW i8 can travel up to 22 miles, while the combined range in hybrid mode is over 310 miles in everyday conditions.
The standard COMFORT mode offers a balance between sporty performance and fuel efficiency.
SPORT mode features the ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor.
ECO PRO mode supports a more efficient, optimized driving style which can be used in both all–electric mode and hybrid mode.
The BMW i8 is electric at heart. Its front-wheel situated electric motor launches forward with 131 hp, supplemented by 184 lb–ft of torque from a standstill via an integrated two–stage automatic transmission.
The motor derives its energy from the high–performance lithium–ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.
Together with the 3-cylinder Turbo engine in the rear, the BMW i8 provides impressive all–wheel drive performance with a maximum power of 357 hp.
As an added bonus, the BMW i8 can be powered solely by the electric motor itself when eDrive is activated. When choosing a tailpipe emission–free ride, drivers can experience a maximum electric driving range of up to 22 miles with an electric top speed of 75 mph.
*MSRP without destination and handling and before federal tax credit
**Based on BMW AG test results of European model.
***Using a 240-volt, 15-amp Level 2 charging station