BMW i8 A peek into the future of supercars EPA ECON CITY/HWY: 76 MPG-E 0-60 MPH: 3.8 SEC BASE PRICE $137,500* BODY ...
BMW i8 A peek into the future of supercars
0-60 MPH: 3.8 SEC

BASE PRICE $137,500* BODY TYPE Coupe
The BMW i8 is a window into the future of our craft, the next step along the road for people who love driving. One of our Automobile All-Stars for 2015, the BMW i8 is a sultry mid-engine hybrid with a supercar silhouette. It can drive along silently in full-electric mode or rip around a road course at full tilt with all the pieces of its hybrid powertrain working together. The i8 drives well, looks great, and delivers on its promises of sportiness and efficiency.

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1.5L turbo I-3 + electric, 357 hp
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 6A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
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  •   Stuart Gallagher reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Individual colours for UK #BMW-i8 / #BMW / #2016 / #BMW-i8-Individual / #BMW-i8-I12

    BMW UK has extended its colour palette i8 with an array of striking new hues. As part of the BMW Individual collection, customers will be able to choose from a multitude of paint finishes including Java green, Speed yellow, Solar orange, Twilight purple pearl, Frozen grey, Frozen black, San Marino blue and Grigio Telesto pearl, to name just a few.

    A variety of finishes are also available, including nonmetallic, metallic or Xirallic, which uses a mixture of synthetic mica or aluminium flakes in the paint. The addition of the new BMW Individual paint programme for the i8 follows the success of the early orders for the Protonic red limited edition and is bespoke to the UK. Commenting on the i8 Individual Exterior Paint Programme, Richard Hudson, Sales Director for #BMW-UK , said: “The i8 embodies the accomplished vision of a modern and sustainable sports car. The new paintwork colours not only complement the BMW i8’s emotive styling and design, they also work harmoniously with the BMW i brand and provide customers with exclusive personalised options.”

    As well as the special paint finishes the i8 can also now be spec’d with black W-spoke wheels, too. The Individual paint finishes start at £5495 on top of the i8’s £105,540 on-the-road price tag.
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  •   Ollie Marriage reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    i, BMW

    It looks like a spaceship but is the i8 really the future of motoring? We take one for a test flight.

    We might not have flying cars yet, but the #BMW-i8 is about as close to piloting a spaceship as you’re going to get. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: BMW.

    The i8 might not seem like a #Drive-My sort of car, but considering we’re already starting to see lowered examples on fancy wheels, I wouldn’t be surprised if we feature an i8 before the year is up and secondly it’s about as futuristic a car as you can imagine. Even if you don’t like it, as a #BMW fan you really should be able to at least admire and respect BMW for making it in the first place. So, what do you need to know? Well, it’s a lightweight, carbon fibre-bodied plug-in hybrid, with a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 231hp and 236lb ft to the rear wheels via a six-speed auto ’box and an electric motor producing 131hp and 184lb ft to the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission. Turn them both on together and you’ve got 362hp, 420lb ft and four-wheel drive combining to give a 0-62 time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

    Take things easy and BMW claims a combined figure of 134.5mpg (good luck with that) and a CO² figure of 49g/km, which is impressive; as for that fuel economy figure, yes 134mpg isn’t likely to happen, but on a cruise over 60mpg is achievable which, taking into account the performance is also very impressive.

    You’ll either love or hate the looks but regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, you can’t deny it’s a spectacular thing. It looks like a spaceship and there’s literally nothing else out on the road like it – if you like attention, you will love driving the i8. And driving it is quite an experience – the doors go up, which immediately makes you very excited about getting in and BMW has made the interior feel familiar, yet futuristic at the same time. It’s a surprisingly large car, quite long and wide for a 2+2 with hardly any rear seat space or room for luggage, bit visibility is good all-round and it doesn’t feel big to drive.

    In all-electric mode it’s brisk, but not fast, the electric motor delivering maximum torque at 0rpm, which means the i8 steps off the line sharply though the acceleration drops off quickly. It’s perfect around town or in traffic though. The petrol engine will cut in when you want to go fast or you can stick the car in Sport mode, and then the dials glow red, you get a rev counter, lots of engine noise piped into the cabin and both motors at your beck and call. It sounds fantastic, regardless how real the soundtrack may or may not be, and it feels fast; with 4WD you can put all the power down with ease and the acceleration is impressive and relentless. Driving the BMW i8 quickly is addictive and worryingly easy – you really need to keep an eye on the speedo to keep hold of your licence. It’s good to drive, too – it can feel skittish at speed on rough surfaces thanks to those 20s, but the handling is sharp and the brakes are strong, making the i8 an impressive all-round performer.

    If you want an i8, the first hurdle you’ll have to overcome is the price, because it costs £104,590. Ouch. The second hurdle you have to deal with is waiting for one – all of 2015’s production run is sold out so if you slapped 100 large down on a salesperson’s desk in a BMW dealership today, you’d be handed your suitably futuristic key sometime in 2016. I wager 99% of you won’t be rushing out to buy an i8, but it’s a special car and BMW deserves respect for making it.

    DATA FILE #2016 #BMW-i8 / #BMW-i8-I12 / #BMW-I12 /
    ENGINE: 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, hybrid synchronous electric motor
    TRANSMISSION: Six-speed automatic (petrol), two-stage automatic (electric)
    WEIGHT (EU): 1560kg
    MAX POWER: 362hp (combined)
    MAX TORQUE: 420lb ft (combined)
    0-62MPH: 4.4 secs
    TOP SPEED: 155mph (limited)
    EMISSIONS (CO²): 49g/km
    FUEL ECONOMY (MPG): 134.5mpg
    PRICE (OTR): £104,590
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  •   Ollie Marriage reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    / #2016 / #BMW-i8-Spyder reimagined / #BMW-i8 / #BMW / #BMW-i-Vision-Future-Interaction / #BMW-i-Vision-Future-Interaction-Concept / #BMW-i8-I12 / / #BMW-i8-Roadster

    Car manufacturers are increasingly introducing new technology concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show and this year BMW brought along its ‘ #i-Vision-Future-Interaction ’, a reworked i8 Spyder.

    While the awkwardly-named i Vision Future Interaction might look like a cross between an i8 and a Z1 the focus of this new take on the i8 Spyder isn’t to do with unbridled driving pleasure, it’s more a possible window into the future in which BMW sees its vehicles as highly automated machines. The ultimate goal is ‘Vision Zero’, the idea of accident-free individual mobility, and to this end the car features three different drive modes – ‘Pure Drive’, ‘Assist’ and ‘Auto Mode’ which offer differing degrees of vehicle intervention in the driving process.

    BMW says that its Pure Drive mode meets the typical BMW high aspiration for sheer driving pleasure at all times, with the car’s assistance systems used passively, only giving warning alerts without actually intervening in the control of the vehicle. The Assist setting provides optimum networking with the surrounding environment. The best route is calculated in real time and fed into the navigation system. The vehicle supports the driver’s performance and intervenes actively if there is danger of an event such as an accident, or if an obstacle on the road appears to be a safety risk.

    When the car is in Auto Mode, the vehicle itself takes over control of sideways and forward orientation, accelerates independently, brakes and steers – without the driver having to intervene at all. BMW says that this sort of driving could soon become a reality and may be permitted on certain approved stretches of road, such as sections of German motorways or in Car Pool Lanes in the USA.

    The BMW i Vision Future Interaction proactively gives drivers an alert if they are in a zone for highly automated driving. The driver can then change the drive mode as appropriate. The steering wheel is illuminated in blue in the highly automated drive mode. The colour scheme therefore provides a visual cue that the driver is in this drive mode. If the vehicle leaves the approved lane for highly automated driving and has to take control of the steering wheel again, a red light signal conveys this requirement. The BMW i Vision Future Interaction is therefore already providing an indication today of what the control functions might look like in the future in highly automated vehicles.

    Of course, if the ‘driver’ isn’t actually driving, this gives him or her plenty of time to do other things and it’s for this reason that most manufacturers at the Consumer Electronic Show were touting the ‘connected’ car as being the next big thing with some cars on show being able to do bizarre things like inform you of the contents of your fridge, presumably so you can see if you have the required ingredients for the recipe you’ve just found online while cruising in fully automated mode.

    Fortunately BMW hasn’t completely given up on the driver yet and as a result the CES Vision car has plenty of items focussed purely on the driver such as an advanced head-up display and an instrument cluster with a three-dimensional display. However, it’s the central panorama display that’s the most striking item inside the i8 Spyder and it’s pretty huge, being 11 centimetres high and 40 centimetres across with a diagonal length of 21 inches. When in Pure Drive mode the screen’s functionality would be limited, but when in Auto Mode it can stream video or display any other web content.

    The screen is controlled by what BMW describes as ‘AirTouch’, gesture control for all communication, information and entertainment functions in the vehicle. It allows the big screen to be operated like a touchscreen – without actually having to touch it. Sensors are installed in the area of the dashboard panel which responds to hand movements. A movement of the hand can be used to go to a position on the panorama display and the selected icon is highlighted visually. If the hand is moved forward (push gesture), the icon is activated or the menu displays the next level.

    Overall the i Vision Future Interaction is an interesting show car but only time will tell how soon the autonomous driving side of things will come to fruition – some experts predict we will have 10 (or even 20) million plus autonomous cars on the roads by 2020. The next few years will certainly be interesting that’s for sure!
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