The German luxurious car maker is at the pinnacle of the fortunate artists to have such an exquisite taste when building cars. This time with the creation of the i8, BMW has put the concept of hybrids cars on another level.
The 2016 i8 is the flawless balance between electricity and gasoline. It features one of the best efficiencies on its segment without neglecting an exhilarating performance and a futuristic design. However, if you are looking for a completely green car using solely electricity, the Tesla Model S is the solution.
The astonishing i8 shows a futuristic design and unique scissor-lift doors. It becomes amazing if you like to do incredible entrances and be the spotlight. That futuristic design is also found in the cockpit as well. Along with a sporty performance, there is a great efficiency backing it up.
Let’s review this incredible hybrid car.
Mechanical Aspect and Green Performance
The green and fast i8 counts with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline three-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor. The unusual powertrain produces 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, which makes the i8 going from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.
While in pure electric driving, i8’s range in Max E-Mode setting goes to 22 miles. But if you combine both engines (gasoline and electric) it gets a range of 330 miles. All the power produced by the powertrain is sent to an all-wheel-drive system and managed through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The i8 is not the fastest sports car out there. But, the incredible fuel economy puts this hybrid car above the competition. Running solely on gasoline is rated at 28 mpg combined, which is good for a sports car. Nevertheless, when you combine both engines, the rate improves considerably up to 76 mpg.
Most hybrids cars seem to last infinite time when charging its batteries. Nonetheless, the i8 charges its batteries quickly; 3.5 hours in a standard 120-volt garage outlet or 1.5 hours in a 240-volt charging station.
Incredible Styling and Green Interior
From the exterior, is impossible to say that i8 is ugly. It has a unique, sleek styling with an authentic futuristic thematic. In every inch, the German car is a masterpiece of design and attractiveness.
The front fascia is sharp and aggressive, heavenly designed by BMW’s designers. From sideways, the low roofline, the amount of curves, and sculpted lines make everybody suspire with its beauty. Now, from the rear is another history; is even more incredible. The attention to details and the design of the i8’s butt is outstanding, proof of the new direction BMW is going to take.
In this release, BMW shows an engagement with the nature using recycled fiber content and wood veneer. It gets ultra-modern lines and styles already seen in others cars of the lineup with cutting-edge gadgets such as front and rear parking sensors, top-view camera system, keyless entry and ignition, and head up display. From the center console arises an 8.8-inch central display screen powered by BMW’s iDrive with Bluetooth, audio connectivity, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 i8 is everything that a hybrid sports car has to be. It has an entertaining performance, with crisp, responsive handling while cornering and a supreme fuel efficiency.
This beautiful car is not for everybody. It has a six-figure price tag but not an irrational one. If you have money to spare, this is an incredible toy to have in your garage.