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. :-)