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2017 Base 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $143,400

Overview

Model Preview

The BMW i8 arrived to massive fanfare in 2014 and continues into the 2017 model year with the same enthusiasm behind it. For 2017, the i8 will gain a new special edition. There is also a new convertible model in the works, but BMW has not announced whether it’ll be available in the new year or not.

We expect the outward appearance of the i8 to carry over completely unchanged in the new year, save for the possible introduction of the convertible model. If this proves to be true, we also expect the current model’s standard features, which include 20-inch wheels, the Shadowline exterior trim, LED taillights, power seats, 11-speaker sound system, navigation, and more, to continue without change too.

The only change that BMW has announced for the 2017 i8 is the new Protonic Red Edition, which will feature a Protonic Red body with Frozen Gray Metallic accents, special wheels coated in gloss black with Orbit Gray Metallic matte lacquering, NESO seats with red highlights and gray seat belts, floor mats with black leather and red stitching, and “Protonic Red Edition” engraving on the doorsills.

The i8’s heart should remain unchanged too, leaving it with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors. Combined, these produce a maximum of 357 horsepower and sprint this rig to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. What makes the i8 truly outstanding is its 76 mpg-e rating from the EPA, thanks to its 15 miles of electric-only range and 28 mpg combined rating when the gasoline engine kicks in.

Being such a limited model, there have been no safety tests performed on the i8. Standard safety goodies on the 2016 model include BMW Assist eCall, BMW Remote Services, Active Driving Assist with Surround View, speed limit info, frontal-collision warning, pedestrian protection, and city collision mitigation, making us believe it would perform well in tests. We expect these features to carry into the new model year unchanged.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

We've become accustomed to at least small price increases with each model year, but BMW has chosen to keep the new i8's pricing unchanged at $141,695 (delivery fees included).

In this price range, there are not many competitors, but there is the new 2017 Acura NSX (starting from $156,940) that is bound to give the i8 shoppers something to think about.

We anticipate seeing the 2017 BMW i8 on showroom floors in late 2016.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 228 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Part-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
4
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
Brakes
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
$42
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
Wheels
20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum
Paint
Metallic Two-tone / Pearlcoat Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth/leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
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
Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Fm/hd/satellite, Fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
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
High Beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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