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2015 BMW i8

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2015 Base 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe
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The poster car for plug-in hybrid performance, the BMW i8 makes a dramatic statement with its power and style on its way to achieving exceptional efficiency. Although we expect high-end sports car to be memorable, the i8 takes individuality and sheer technological impact to a delightful new level.

What's New for 2015

Aside from minor equipment adjustments, the i8 is unchanged.

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Choosing Your BMW i8

BMW i8

It's not hyperbole to say the i8 looks like nothing else on the road. Its exotic body carries a huge hood scoop, all-LED lighting, a high-tech interpretation of the classic BMW grille, and scissor-style doors that open out and upward. Inside are recycled materials, more LED lighting, naturally treated leather and individual rear seats, making it possible (though not practical) to carry four passengers in a pinch.

The i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Here's the really interesting part: the gasoline engine powers the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor delivers its goods to the front wheels through a two-speed automatic. So the i8 boasts two power plants, two transmissions and all-wheel drive. The results of this exotic setup seems too good to be true: zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and efficiency equivalent to about 95 mpg.

Because it's a plug-in hybrid, the i8 can travel up to 22 miles and hit 75 mph on electric power alone. After the lithium-ion battery pack is depleted, the i8 runs on a combination of gas and electricity just like a conventional hybrid. A full recharge takes just three hours on a standard household outlet, or half that time on a 240-volt charging station. Under way, you can select from a variety of driving modes: eDrive, Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport.

BMW i8

The i8's performance and efficiency benefit from its lightweight construction, including aluminum subframes, a carbon fiber chassis and chemically hardened glass. Lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels are used on all models.

The i8 is packed with comfort and safety technology, including a color head-up display, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, surround-view cameras, parking sensors and a collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection. The navigation system features 3D mapping with real-time traffic and weather data. Audiophiles will appreciate the Harman Kardon surround-sound system with 20GB of music storage.

The i8 comes with four Worlds (i.e., trim levels) that differ in upholstery only:

  • Mega: Gets grey leather seats with cloth inserts.
  • Giga: Carries full perforated leather seating in ivory or black.
  • Terra: Mixes brown perforated leather with matching cloth and contrasting blue seatbelts.
  • Pure Impulse: Comes with full perforated leather seating in grey, the blue seatbelts and an anthracite (dark grey) headliner.
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Opting for the special touches in the Giga and Terra adds $2,000 and $3,000 to the sticker respectively, not a lot for this price class. The Pure Impulse, however, carries a whopping $10,200 premium, which means it's for buyers who must stand out from the crowd at any price.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 228 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Part-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 228 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
4.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
81 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.9 "
Exterior Width
76.5 "
Exterior Height
50.8 "
Front Headroom
38.7 "
Rear Headroom
32.4 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
28.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
49.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,455 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum
Metallic Two-tone / Pearlcoat Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth/leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Fm/hd/satellite, Fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
11 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger W/passenger Front-impact Cancellable
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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