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BMW i8 specs

Price in US $148,495 - $152,195
Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1490 kg (3285 lbs)
Introduced 2013
Origin country Germany
Insurance group 50 / 50
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Performance

0 - 100 kph4.2 s
0 - 200 kph14.4 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph10.2 s
0 - 30 mph1.9 s
0 - 40 mph2.7 s
0 - 50 mph3.5 s
0 - 60 mph3.6 s
0 - 70 mph5.7 s
0 - 80 mph7.0 s
0 - 90 mph8.5 s
0 - 100 mph9.0 s
Est. 1/8 mile8.6 s @ 98.2 mph
1/4 mile12.1 s @ 116.2 mph
Top speed250 kph (155 mph)
0 - 100 mph - 014.7 s
Est. max acceleration0.75 g (7 m/s²)
Lateral acceleration0.93 g (9 m/s²)
60 mph - 034 m (111 ft)
BMW i8 acceleration graph

Powertrain specs

Engine type Electric motor and Inline 3 turbo 12 valve DOHC
Displacement 1.5 l (91 ci / 1499 cc)
Power 374 ps (369 bhp / 275 kw) @ 5800 rpm
Torque 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) @ 3700 rpm
Power / liter 250 ps (246 hp)
Power / weight 251 ps (248 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 383 Nm (282 lb-ft) / t
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Layout front engine, all wheel drive

More 0-60 and 1/4 mile times

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BMW i8  5m ago

I just bought a BMW i8 2 months ago, after having spending a long time deciding what to buy. In the end I had narrowed my choices to i8, 991 and AMG-GT.

So far I am extremely happy about my choice.
The i8 looks like it is a model 2030 or something like that. No pictures make it justice since the shape is very three dimensional with all the aerodynamic features.
The interior is also like a space ship compared to other cars, with the digital dash and LED lights built into the interior etc etc.
My car has the laser lights that are nothing short of amazing.
The performance feels better than the numbers tell you. Thanks to the electric engine there is no lag at all when you hit the gas when driving slowly/normally and eg want to pass another car or make a street light that is about to turn red.

I was very conerned about the fake Engine sound Before I bought it. The idea of a fake sound is repulsive but it acutually works. And especially younger people are more impressed about the ability to run silent on electric only, and do not care so much about cylinder numbers or displacement. And I have come to like it myself too, to float completely silent through the city, and then go to sport mode and listen to a great sound (fake or not).

Where I live I see about 10-15 Porsche 911:s everytime I go into the city during summertime. I have seen 4 BMW i8:s ever! Everytime I see a 991 two things come to my mind immediately:
- I am so thankful that I got an i8 instead
- I feel sorry for the person that drive the 991, unless it is a GT2 RS. :-)

The fact that it has a back seat is perfect for me with 2 teenagers at home. It is good enough for shorter trips around town.

Before I bought the car I read a lot of Reviews and on forums. I saw a lot of haters and sceptics out there. But I then realized that none of the haters had owned an i8 and very few had even driven it.

If you want to get great lap times around a race track then this car is probably not the tool. But on the streets in the real world the performance and handling is quite enough.

So what I am saying is that if you are thinking about buying an i8 then I can highly recommend it. This car will for sure be a future Classic. BMW has only made 1 other mid engine car, and no other car with dihedral doors (which is super cool). In 25 years it will be Worth $1 million. :-)


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aaayy  1y ago

I would rip out the motors and battery pack, replace it with a Tesla motor from the Model S P100D, and replace the wimpy little 3 cylinder with the BMW S63 V8 from the M5. Then it would truly go as fast as it looks. If the Tesla motor is making, say 240 horsepower, and the V8 makes 600 hp, it would get 840 hp to the wheels. Of course, it would need a widebody kit to accommodate extra wide tires, and maybe a small spoiler, but wouldn't it be awesome?


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Julian Monatlik  3y ago

So fun to drive I have it


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uptownfunker  6y ago

Interesting how the power-to-weight and power-per-liter ratios are similar....I bet no other stock production car is like that!


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V8Supercar1  7y ago

Cool car. But come on, that engine sound is completely fake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqr_R9QTRYw&feature=em-uploademail


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BR2+  7y ago

Well is be curious as to what people would get on a Dyno test, Im sure MT will give us one soon. The M5 making 600Bhp, The new M3/M4 making closer to 500Bhp, M6 Making 650Bhp, It certainly would not surprise me in the least if this was making 400Hp, 0 Rpm launch, 3300Lbs, 2 speed, We all no the advantages, But i still have my doubts.


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saxy  7y ago

power figures are not really bloated. I guess electric motors are more efficient, and the enormous torque is good in a straight line. The Porsche 911 base model has 345hp and does 100mph in 9.7, 1/4 in 12.4. seems fair.

This car is quite impressive but to call it their flagship and "911 eater" is a bit far fetched. But I think the looks of the car already make it so desirable to buy right now, because it looks like something from a movie set in those 2025 futuristic movies


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BR2+  7y ago

So the first acceleration test done of the I8....And im not dissapointed, Somewhat surprised, Then you relize its a Bmw, SO its not putting down what is really claimed, Still good, Damn good numbers for a 360Bhp(Yeah right) car.

0-60Mph 3.8s
0-100Mph 9.6s
1/4 Mile 12.4@113.2Mph
Weight 3,361Lbs

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-bmw-i8-test-review


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BR2+  7y ago

The I8 starts at £99,895, not sure how much I would have thought, Also, I didn't know this, but its a 4 seater! :O

I still maintain the interior is fantastic, But at 100k, Id rather have a GT3, Or save myself a hell of a lot, and buy the M4 or Stingray, Still not into this electric hybrid crap yet, But the price wasn't as bad(I think) as I was expecting.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@Lafars: Now that you've mentioned it, it is the first mid-engined BMW since the M1.


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lafars  8y ago

Something I just thought of: this is BMWs first mid-engined since the M1 in the 70s


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BR2+  8y ago

Id rather have an M3..

I really hate to agree with Hans, but the proportions are pretty messed up, just look at that rear overhang, I don't care if its for aero or not, you can make a car look good from every angle. Theres a lot of development costs in this thing, but I wonder if that's enuff to justify its price tag?

I maintain the Interior is really really nice, just about better then any Audi or possibly Mercedes, Porsche, But still 127k/135k is not cheap.


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muse  8y ago

Georg R8 is 3 cm lower than I8...


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Hans  8y ago

I have seen i8 prototype and it was looks ugly as on the pictures. I don't like it. Proportions are f*cked up.


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aaaa  8y ago

@Georg: I take it that since you were on 3 hours ago, you must have seen what's been going on with the site lately, don't you have a "ban IP" button to finally get rid of all the trolls? I understand that deleting everything they added takes a long time, but can't you or one of the other admins at least ban them to prevent further crap from being posted? (or am I mistaken?)


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Georg  8y ago

have seen the first BMW i8 on public road ... that thing is extreme flat, the front is so flat that a Audi a R8 looks to it like a high SUV.
Looks in real world super hot... better than on any picture..


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BR2+  8y ago

Doubt it, M8 comes last, Just bring a New /845LI/850I/860CSI then an M8, The last one looked good, along with a V12, but was rather heavy and a bit expensive, but whatever.

And supposedly you guys will be paying $135,920 for this WITHOUT options.., Very expensive, I think at that price, id rather have something else, Specially at that price range, regardless of how unique it may be.


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Fangio Man  8y ago

"BMW should be working on an //M8, not an I8... ;)"

I am glad to tell you they work on a M8! The M8 is planned to be a car with a bodywork similar to the i8's. They want to put a 600 PS engine in the 1500 kg light car. Release is set for 2016.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Mental: I agree with you, and I'm a Mopar man. ;)
Missionary, what an idiot.


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BR2+  8y ago

I Agree. They should be working on an 8Series, Not an I8, Well I don't really mind that they made this, just the name 8 shouldn't be there, Maybe I9.

I would also take a StingRay over this, Unless im a Brand whore, which im not, or worried about MPG, I don't see any reason to buy this over a StingRay, Its somewhat more unique being what it is, But I think its price is a "Bit" to high, But only from first impressions. Interior is fantastic though.

@Mental

Don't you know? You have to be American to Like American cars, And likewise, Only Georg, Hans, DeDe, can like the Bmw I8.


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Flabernat  8y ago

BMW should be working on an //M8, not an I8... ;)


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Mental  8y ago

LOL, missionary... So if I praised the Corvette, I must be an American then?... LOL, what a logic...

Anyways, I don't care about your hatred... However, Corvette pretty much succeeded in every aspect, and it provides the best performance for its money (and I'm a Porsche-man). You can't go against this fact..... Me thinking you are simply jealous.

In addition, paying 50k for the C7 Corvette, I would safe $80k. So I wouldn't really care about the fuel economy. i8 fuel economy will give benefit over Vette's only after few years, so honestly.. who cares... Moreover, for $80k I could make a C7 an Absolute Track-Beast. And I will be happy enjoying the V8 sound, blitz-performance, and good ride-quality; I don't care what you think.

But what amuses me the most. Are you really satisfied with the weak 3-cyl engine in a BMW supercar?; a car that should have already destroyed that "unwise" Corvette for its money? That's certainly not enough... Its performance per money is not serious... Don't you want to see i8 a real supercar, being on par with the NSX prototype. I do.

And finally, believe, my brain is way more educated than your's which certainly is not capable to get something higher than 110 iQ level........ "I'm American".. LOL.


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BR2+  8y ago

@Missionary

Well..Your name says it all...And I don't mean the job..

Rather have the P85, Looks better, faster, more room, name isn't as good, but look what you get. and ill save a few quid here.

But my god, that rear end and those rear pillars are frickin disgusting, just ruin the car.


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Flabernat  8y ago

@missionary
You said do not be so close minded, but then you say corvette, which is good only at burning tyres. You have just proven that anything you have to say is invalid, and you are obviously a troll. Go home...
(or anywhere else, just not here)


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missionary  8y ago

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BR2+  8y ago

Wow, €127,000, Im actually not sure what to price this at, but its more expensive in Euros that I would have thought, As of know, I don't see why, give it time I might.

The interior is fantastic! The rear end is one of THE worst ive ever seen, did Chris Bangle design the rear?..

The overall shape and front don't look bad, but that rear and those weird ass rear over lap lght hinges are straight appauling, my god, blehh.

Im surprised they went with Butterfly doors and not normal ones, but being this kind, they just had to signify something.

But for that price, or even a lot less, id rather have a 2nd hand E46 CSL. The BEST Bmw ever made IMO.


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Piorun  8y ago

@lafars
Link plz
I feel this car much better than those Audi concepts.
-lighter,
-itrully could have pretty good fuel consumption.
-look modern and oryginal
-rwd based

Do i need more HP? Mayabe.
It may be a car for someone that already hae some sport machine in garage like
Ford Mustang GT500 beceause seems like this car is opposite to it.

Just cool gadget-stuff, but usefull gadget and it make sense.

starting to like those BMW sport hybrids, and i dont like Audis 2 tone V8, V10 hybrid concepts.


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lafars  8y ago

@piorun

it's an engineer-car, it's BMWs first car with a carbon-chassis and listen to harry metacafe reviewing it, doesn't dissapiont him (last part goes to everyone)


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Jankes  8y ago

This 1.5 l it's going to be slower than 2.5 l in a hatchback.


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Piorun  8y ago

its a gadget-car, it has no point for exist, but people like it, beceause its diffrent, stylish and modern.

I find it pretty cool to say; may car hae 1.5 liter 3 cylinde engine and is faster then yours 4liter V8...

funny stuff, its not serious car.

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