Although it’s been out for a couple of years now, the BMW i8 is still a relatively rare and unique car. In certain parts of the world, you can even call it an ‘exotic’. Once retailing for a figure that was way over sticker price, the i8 can now be had cheap in the second-hand market. Well, relatively cheap at least. Although it didn’t revolutionize the car world in the way BMW was hoping it would, it’s made a long lasting impression.
Not only that, but it’s set a basis for all future hybrids and EVs from BMW. You all know what it looks like, both inside and out, so we thought we’d do something different today. Rather than going over its amazing EfficientDynamics styling or futuristic cabin, we’ll give you a crash course in the BMW i8’s character using some numbers.
Because it’s mostly made from aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, BMW has been able to keep the weight relatively low. Weighing in at just 3,200 lbs. the BMW i8 is a lightweight in modern terms. The weight distribution is pretty bang on too.
In the rear, a small 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder powers the rear wheels, supplemented by an electric motor at the front. Using a complicated ECU, the car is able to seamlessly integrate both powerplants without the driver even noticing any kind of twitching or lurking.
349 horsepower/406 lb-ft of torque
The petrol engine alone makes just 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, but together with the electric motor, that figure rises to the one you see above. To give you an example as to just how much power that is, consider the following: the GT-86 makes 200 horsepower and the Mustang just over 300. It may not be a proper supercar, but it’s a lot more powerful than most sports cars.
4.6 seconds to 62 mph
The top speed is limited to 155 mph, no surprises there. What is impressive though, is the i8’s acceleration. Thanks to clever all-wheel drive mimicking software, it can blast to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Now that, is ridiculously fast.
22 miles of electric range
It won’t beat a Tesla, but for something designed with performance in mind, an electric-only driving range of 22 miles is not half bad. Unless you live in the suburbs, you’ll be able to do your daily commute on electricity alone.