An entirely new concept of sports car, the BMW i8 is more efficient due to its intelligent lightweight construction with carbon and aerodynamic design.
It's more sustainable, with highly efficient BMW eDrive technology and recyclable materials in the interior. Yet with no compromise on dynamics and its sporting appearance, it creates the optimum combination of driving pleasure and efficiency. The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid that brings together the advantages of innovate electric motor and combustion engine technologies. The result is an extraordinary driving experience - with extremely low consumption and low emissions.
With the pace, performance and looks of a supercar as well as miniscule fuelling and taxation costs, the BMW i8 mounts a strong challenge to any petrol-powered rival.
This two-seat sportscar is a plug-in hybrid, combing the power of a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine with a front-mounted electric unit. Together, these two sources deliver 357bhp and maximum torque of 550Nm. Furthermore, the modest weight and aerodynamic qualities of the i8 (it has a total weight of 1480kg and a drag coefficient of just 0.22) make it even more speedy and manoeuvrable.
From a standing start, the car can achieve the 62mph mark in 4.6 seconds, in addition to boasting an electronically limited top speed of 160mph. And as well as straight-line pace, the i8 stands out even from other high-performance BMWs with regard to handling. At less than 460mm, its centre of gravity is lower than any other vehicle from the manufacturer, and its near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution makes it a supremely poised and stable sportscar as well as a fast one. An effective all-wheel drive system make it still easier to remain in control of the vehicle, even when dealing with very bad weather conditions or road surfaces.
The gull-wing doors and almost impossibly sleek, harmonious lines of the i8 rounds off its exterior. Its cabin is no less impressive; whether you choose "Neso", "Carpo" or "Halo" trim levels, the interior offers you premium-quality leather and carbon-fibre detailing. The three driving modes available - "Comfort", "Eco Pro", and "Sport" - allow you to find the right balance between speed and conserving battery power. The i8 can travel 22 miles on electrical power alone. In conjunction with the petrol unit, which returns fuel economy of 113mpg and CO2 output of just 59g/km, it boasts a real-world range of over 300 miles.
The entire shape and form of the BMW i8 follows the BMW i design philosophy; to create a unique connection between ground-breaking sustainability and premium design. The approach includes the Black belt. This unmistakeable Black design element runs from the front, over the roof, to the rear, in all BMW i models. Also typical of BMW i is the dynamic stream-flow design, the Aero Curtains and striking details such as the LED Daytime Running Lights in a distinctive U-shape as well as the LED rear lights. In the interior, the BMW i design philosophy is demonstrated in the selected use of sustainably produced lightweight materials. Wherever possible, there are components produced from renewable raw materials.
The BMW i8 has all the characteristics of a full-blooded sports car with its long wheelbase, short overhangs and a solid stance. The front appears extremely low and wide, everything is arranged to be optimally aerodynamic. At the same time, the flat, but prominent double kidney grille reveals BMW genes. A V-shaped Black belt starts on the bonnet and dynamically wraps around the body to the rear.Viewed from the side, the exaggerated wedge shape, the long drawn-out lines and the flat silhouette underline the dynamics. Layering design elements in which surfaces and lines overlap and interweave, produces an extremely sporty appearance all round. The surfaces join harmoniously, creating a compact and agile impression. Everything appears to come from a unified whole - thus lending the BMW i8 an extraordinarily powerful stature. Exterior coloursThe BMW i8 is available in four different colour schemes:
LED light design with laser light
Adaptive LED Headlights which come as standard in the BMW i8, fit in perfectly with the exceptional sports car concept. All lighting elements are completely in LED. The front light has a typical BMW i U-shaped frame, which contains the Daytime Running Lights and a built-in indicator. A second broad frame is added as a distinguishing design feature when the optional high-beam headlights with laser light technology* are selected. The BMW Laserlights option considerably increases the range of the high beam and enhances its illumination. A passively lit blue band, signals the innovative technology of the lighting unit. In addition, the side cover of the headlight has a brilliant metallic finish. The overall impression of the light concept is unmistakeably BMW i8.
Thanks to the spectacular dihedral doors, the sports car character of the BMW i8 is recognisable in an instant. Swinging upwards when opened, the dihedral doors are an optical highlight and blend perfectly into the smooth lines of the aerodynamic body. When viewed from the inside, the doors underline the sporty nature of the interior. Due to the aluminium, carbon fibre and thermoplastic used in their construction, they are approximately 50% lighter than conventionally built doors. As a result, they are particularly convenient to open and close from the inside. The handle is ergonomically positioned on the inside of the door panel and also acts as a decorative feature.
The sporty look of the exterior is continued seamlessly in the interior of the BMW i8. All elements are light and dynamically positioned. In the interior, the layered elements create a novel relationship between functionality and clear form. Lightweight construction is also implemented visually; for example, the visible carbon fibre elements in the door sill highlight the low weight of the BMW i8.The classic sports car character and the typical BMW driver orientation are both equally prominent in the design. The centre console is aligned towards the driver. All the instruments and the digital instrument panel with its two large displays are easy to operate. All passengers have a low seating position and the narrow lightweight seats provide reliable support and outstanding comfort even when cornering rapidly. The iDrive Touch Controller is conveniently located on the centre console that optically divides the vehicle. Interior designs.Unmistakeable, sporty, modern and sustainable. The guiding idea behind the sports car of the future is also reflected in the design of colours and materials in the interior. NESO, CARPO and HALO provide a choice of high-quality materials. And all three demonstrate that sustainability and premium quality are by no means mutually exclusive - but, instead, harmonise in a manner that bodes well for the future. Best examples of this are the use of lightweight, recycled materials for the interior and leather that has been gently tanned with olive leaf extract.
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