The world premiere for the BMW i8 was held just and well, here you go. The BMW i8 is here and if the pictures are anything to go by, it will be one hell of a car.
The interior is killer, with high quality finishes and a real futuristic touch, and those doors. How could you not love them?
It is the first plug-in hybrid from BMW and kicks ass in the looks and performance department. The hybrid system is the latest development of Efficient Dynamics, and consists of a debut three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.
The petrol engine displacement is 1.5litres and outputs an impressive 170kW and 320Nm of torque and puts it power down through the rear wheels. As for the electric motor, it produces 96kW of power and 250Nm of torque through the front wheels.
Adding those numbers up and you have a hybrid producing 266kW of power and 570Nm of torque. All to mean a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds and a combined fuel economy of just…JUST…2.5litres per 100km. It’s not Tesla, electric car, performance, but it is certainly impressive for a sports car that looks sensational.
Underneath there’s some special stuff happening, including a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle; Electric Power Steering’ Dynamic Damper Control, 20-inch light-alloy wheels are all standard. If you do want to spring for carbon wheel, that’s an option too.
Styling of the 2+2-seater, with its wing like doors, is thanks to what BMW call the LifeDrive architecture. Meaning, that BMW was able to introduce some cool aerodynamic body design, but also a passenger cell which is safe, and light. All using carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, which assists keeping the weight to 1490kg.
Just like other BMW models, there are selectable driving modes. However, there are a few differences being a BMW i model. Firstly there are five and the main ones are:
- eDrive mode, allowing 35km’s of pure electric driving with a top speed of 120km/h. Perfect for the trip into work.
- Comfort mode, is the perfect balance between dynamics and efficiency meaning a range of over 500km’s of range in hybrid mode.
- Sport mode, means fast. It gives an ultra-intense boost function enabled by the electric motor.
- ECO Pro works in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode. Perfect mode for greenies.
So, naturally the list of technology available is a long one. Standard options in the BMW i8 is Navigation system Professional with practive drive for all-electric driving, fully-digital instrument display, BMW iDrive with its sweet freestanding Control Display.
The key, in the picture below, also packs some awesome tech. Though we didn’t get any information on that just yet.
BMW ConnectedDrive plays a huge part of the i8 and brings Park Distance Control, cruise control with braking function – to stop you speeding up naturally on downhills, rain sensor and the Intelligent Emergency call function.
Optional features are a long list, but certainly ones which we’ve experienced and would go as far to say that on any BMW, these should be worth considering: High Beam Assistant, rear view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit info, Collision Warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function. And the list goes on to further include Head-Up Display, BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic Information and mobility services for BMW i specifically.
Launch Date for the BMW i8
Unfortunately we don’t have a launch date, or even confirmation that we will be seeing the BMW i8 here in Australia. If it were to be launching, we expect it to be after the i3 launch later next year.
Pricing? Well, let’s not go there yet.
We want it now
So, there you go. What seems to have been forever in the making, the BMW i8 is in its full final production form and it is that much closer to being on the roads. Sure, there will be comparisons to the Tesla models and Porsche 918. However, you can’t really complain with these looks and performance figures it does have.
We can’t wait, and we want one. Right now.