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Petrol
1499 cc | Automatic | 40 - 45 kmpl
Quick Facts about BMW i8

BMW i8, a Sedan has 1 version available in India. i8 has 1 Petrol car. BMW i8 comes in 4 colours, namely, Crystal White Pearl, Ionic Silver , Protonic Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect.

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BMW i8 Review

Summary

The BMW i8, India’s first hybrid supercar, is an absolute stunner in looks, performance and the way it drives. Aims to make it an eco-friendly car, and positioned as BMW’s futuristic product, the company uses an all-new LifeDrive platform, organic carbon fibre and organic leather dyes, along with hydro-electric power sourcing. The carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum subframes help the car to maintain a superlight kerb weight and improve efficiency with less fuel consumption.

The i8 is pure German from inside too. Its premium interior design with top-notch materials and blue eco-color represent futuristic fashion. The front seats have enough legroom, though, the rear seats are little congested for tall passengers. The car brims with various entertainment and comfort-enhancing features such as BMW’s latest-generation iDrive system, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a 8.8-inch media system display and more.

Powering the i8 is a plug-in hybrid system with 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine, also powers the new-gen Mini Cooper, and an electric motor. The twinpower turbo petrol engine, paired with a rear-wheel 6-speed automatic gearbox, churns out a maximum power of 231bhp with 320Nm of torque, while the electric motor’s power goes up to  131bhp with 250Nm of torque. This power-unit transmits power to front wheels via a two-stage automatic gearbox. The i8 can accelerate 0-100kmph in 4.4 seconds, while maintaining a top speed of 250kmph. In electric mode, it can achieve 120kmph.

For optimum battery power and least fuel consumption, switch it in Eco-Pro mode, while the Sports mode brings real thrill to enthusiasts. The i8 feels excellent while driving. Handling, too, is balanced. The straight-line stability is pretty impressive.

Exterior

The i8 aims to be an eco-friendly car, based on BMW’s all-new LifeDrive platform, uses organic carbon fibre, organic leather dyes and hydro-electric power engine. As per standards, it isn’t a featherweight sports car, though, it has super-light kerb weight, thanks to the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum subframes. The lightweight chassis also improves its fuel efficiency and engine performance. Meanwhile, the heavy components, for creating low centre of gravity, are kept low-down the body. The i8 has lot to flaunt. It sports a signature kidney grille, aerodynamically-designed 20-inches alloys, unique architectural surfacing, corrosion-proof thermoplastic panels and layered effect wide rear-end.

Interior

Step inside, and you will apparently feel the pleasing finishing, high-grade material and futuristic design. Driver’s seat and controls are well-positioned. There is enough space for front seats passengers to stretch legs, however, the rear seats, due to limited wheelbase, are good for a single passenger. The car has various goodies to offer such as BMW’s latest-generation iDrive system, a 8.8-inch media system display, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electrically adjusted and heated front seats etc.

Engine Transmission

The i8 is powered by a plug-in hybrid system with the same 1.5-litre, twinpower turbo petrol engine, also found on the new-gen Mini Cooper hatch, and an electric motor. The petrol powertrain, coupled with a rear-wheel 6-speed automatic gearbox, delivers power of 231bhp with 320Nm of torque, while the electric motor with front wheels two-stage automatic gearbox offers 131bhp with 250Nm of torque. The i8 completes 0-100kmph sprints in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph, while in electric mode, it can mark 120kmph. It returns an integrated mileage (petrol + electric motor) of 40kmpl.

Performance and Handling

The i8 is a quick and frugal sports car. The aerodynamic design and lightweight and flexible chassis make it an excellent grand tourer. The conventional BMW’s driving modes are carried over to the car. In Comfort, you can easy pull the car, only with the electric power, while the Sport mode delivers maximum performance with prompt throttle and steering response. In Eco-Pro mode, the car utilizes optimum battery power with minimal fuel consumption. The 3-cylinder petrol engine runs smoothly with negligible turbo-lag. Engine excites with its sporty sound, while the electric motor, too, hums slightly. Drive is engaging, and straight-line stability is pretty impressive. It’s fun at corners.   

Braking System

BMW’s sports car features powerful ventilated disc brakes with brake caliper and a lightweight chassis with dynamic damper control system that contribute to its braking performance. Moreover, it gets ABS, brake assist, cornering brake control system, brake standby and various advanced system.

Mileage

The 1499 cc Hybrid - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 40 kmpl in city and 45 kmpl on highways.

Safety Features

The i8 is loaded with several high-end safety features such as airbag protection, ABS, brake assist, dynamic damper control system, cornering brake control system, pedestrian safety features, anti-theft package, impact protection beams and many more.

Verdict

With futuristic design, all green credentials, high-tech features and powerful plug-in hybrid system, the BMW i8 proves to be the most promising sports cars we have in India. It’s purely an enthusiast’s car that thrills with its unparalleled pick-up performance, handling and drivability.

Pros

  1. Futuristic design

  2. Superlight chassis 

  3. Premium and feature-rich interior

  4. Eco-friendly engine

  5. Fuel efficiency (petrol engine)

  6. Engine performance

  7. Handling and driving dynamics

  8. Agile suspension 

Cons

  1. Rear seats space

  2. Electric motor’s mileage range

  3. Initial cost of ownership and maintenance

Award

  1. 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year -Green Car Journal

  2. 2014 Technology of the Year - Autoblog

  3. 2014 Coveted Car of the Year Award - TopGear Magazine

  4. 2015 Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year - AutoGuide



 

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BMW I8 Expert Reviews

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Santosh Nair
by Santosh Nair
27th December 2017, 12:00 IST

Way before the BMW i8 rolled into showrooms, it flew in from deep space straight into BMW’s headquarters, did the ‘Transformers’ disguise, and let the Bavarian engineer’s do the rest. Hmm, overkill? Well, for those who peek at the futuristic i8 for the first time, I reckon it does cross their minds. Jokes apart, BMW did a gr....

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BMW i8 Colours

Crystal White Pearl
Metalic
Ionic Silver
Metalic
Protonic Blue
Metalic
Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect
Metalic

BMW i8 Specifications

Note: Specifications for i8 1.5 Hybrid (Petrol) have been mentioned

Dimensions, Capacities & Details
Length (mm)
4689
Wheelbase (mm)
2800
Boot Space (L)
-
Width (mm)
1942
Turning Radius (m)
-
Fuel Capacity (L)
42
Height (mm)
1298
Ground Clearance (mm)
117
Colors
Crystal White Pearl, Ionic Silver , Protonic Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect
Seating Capacity
4
Performance
Displacement (cc)
1499
Peak Power
357 BHP
@5800 RPM
Peak Torque
570 NM
@3700 RPM
Key Features
Air Conditioner Air Conditioner
Climate control Climate control
Central locking Central locking
CD player CD player
Power steering Power steering
Power windows Power windows
Electrically Adjustable Driver Seat Electrically Adjustable Driver Seat
Steering Mounted Controls Steering Mounted Controls
Steering Adjustment Steering Adjustment
Rear AC vent Rear AC vent
Remote Controlled Boot Remote Controlled Boot
Leather seats Leather seats
Electrically Adjustable Mirrors Electrically Adjustable Mirrors

BMW i8 News

2018 BMW i8 coupe unveiled
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by Abhishek Nigam
22nd December 2017 06:20   IST

Ahead of its official unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show, BMW has ...

BMW teased the i8 Roadster ahead of next year   s launch
Bilal Firfiray
by Bilal Firfiray
03rd July 2017 07:25   IST

The BMW i8 Roadster will be launched only next year confirmed BMW. ...

BMW i8 Spyder spotted testing at the    Ring
Desirazu Venkat
by Desirazu Venkat
29th May 2017 08:52   IST

The BMW i8 Spyder has been spotted doing the rounds at the ...

BMW crosses global sale of 1,00,000 electric vehicles
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by Bilal Firfiray
06th November 2016 07:13   IST

After three years since its market launch in November 2013, BMW’s i ...

BMW to introduce the i8 roadster in 2018
Abhishek Nigam
by Abhishek Nigam
17th October 2016 01:28   IST

The BMW i8 really does redefine what a supercar can be. With ...

Next gen BMW i8 speculated to carry three electric motors
Santosh Nair
by Santosh Nair
13th August 2016 02:21   IST

BMW is slated to arm the next generation i8 with three electric ...

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