BMW i8 Review & Ratings
- 2 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW i8 was initially introduced to the public as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, and it is a plug-in hybrid sports car manufactured by the German carmaker BMW. The 2015 model of the i8 uses a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is capable of delivering an all-electric range of 37 km or 23 miles under the New European Driving Cycle. This vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h or 0-64 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. The i8 has a gas mileage of 2.1 liter/100 km or 134.5 mpg/112.0 mph under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km.
This vehicle is part of BMW’s “Project I” which is marketed under the BMW i brand and sold separately from other BMW or Mini models. The BMW i3 first made its way to customers across Europe at the end of 2013 and was the first model with this brand name to become available on the market. The i8 was next, released in Germany in June of 2014 as the 2015 model. There are a number of other vehicles with this particular brand that are currently being planned by BMW.
The i8 was initially displayed to the public as a turbodiesel concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. BMW announced the mass production of the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics in 2010 and production of the i8 started at the beginning of 2013. This car is a gasoline-powered concept vehicle that was planned for production ever since it first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car was launched in 2009 as a plug-in hybrid that featured a 3-cylinder turdodiesel engine. This car uses two electric motors that are capable of 139 horsepower as well as an acceleration of 0-100 km/h or 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds, as well as an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h or 160 mph.
BMW claims that the fuel economy of the i8 is 3.76 liters/100 kilometers or 75.1 mpg with a carbon dioxide emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer. The all-electric range for this vehicle is 50 km or 31 miles. The 24 liter tank in this vehicle can extend its range as far as 700 km or 430 miles. This car was designed with a lightweight chassis that is made primarily from aluminum. The windshield, fenders, doors, and top of the vehicle are all made from polycarbonate glass, and the body itself has a drag coefficient of 0.26.
The electric motor in the BMW i8 concept car is located in the front axle and is responsible for powering the front wheels with a rating of 96 kW or 129 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine is a turbocharged 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine which drives the rear wheels and is rated at 220 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle was initially displayed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011.
The BMW i8 coupe prototype vehicle was produced in 2013 with a design that was based heavily on the BMW i8 concept. The coupe prototype has an average gas mileage of less than 2.5 liters/100 km or 113 mpg/94.1 mpg under the New European Driving Cycle, and carbon emissions of less than 59 g/km. The BMW i8’s secondary power source is a hybrid synchronous electric motor that was developed and produced by the BMW Group for BMWi. The electric motor in this vehicle is capable of 131 horsepower and can produce a maximum torque of 236 pound-feet. There is no question that the BMW i8 is and continues to be a highly innovative vehicle overall.