The BMW i8 Guide

Introducing the BMW i8

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 08-18-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

As the world progressively becomes more eco-friendly, the auto-motive industry is no exception when partaking in the global stand against environmental damage. And the industry would totally be amiss if one of its strongest players did not participate with the eco-trend. Thus, the BMW i8 was born.

An eye-catching, crowd-pleaser, the BMW i8 was unveiled in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and had been widely distributed throughout the US starting August 2014. The BMW i8 is a cut above the rest plug-in hybrid car, not only eco-friendly but also luxurious with sportiness in its design.

What You Need To Know About the BMW i8

Designed from an empty slated sheet of paper, the BMW i8 is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid. Its mission: deliver equal measures of efficiency and performance using unconventional and unusual materials and technology in doing so. And yet, it doesn’t fall short in terms of performance and keeps at par with most of BMW’s series.

The setup is quite elaborate: the BMW i8 features a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine that makes use of a turbocharger to produce 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, which works in conjunction with a single electric motor integrated into the front axle that itself is good for 129 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.  There’s also a smaller electric motor outback that contributes a modest 13 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque when it’s not serving as a generator to help keep the car’s battery charged.  Total system output equals 357 horses and 420 lb-ft of twist, an impressive set of numbers for any vehicle, let alone one featuring a three-cylinder engine.

The 2015 BMW i8 provides buyers with an interesting take on all-wheel drive.  The BMW i8’s gas engine is exclusively attached to the rear wheels, which means that the front wheels are motivated by the electric motor that we mentioned as being incorporated into the axle assembly.  In regular driving, operation is transparent: the three-cylinder engine makes use of a six-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor is managed by a special two-speed gearbox to keep it in sync.

The window panels are also made of Gorilla glass, the same chemically hardened-glass you would find in your smart phones. Replenishing the battery of the car is also surprisingly quick. Using a 220-volt plug – fairly standard in the world of electric vehicles – you’ll top up in just 1.5 hours.

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BMW i8 SPECS

Engine Type: turbocharged and intercooled inline-3, aluminum block and head; permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack

Engine and Mid Motor: 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@5800, 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@3700

Front Motor Power- 129 hp @ 4900 rpm

Front Motor Torque- 184 lb-ft @ 0 rpm

TOTAL SYSTEM POWER: 357 hp

FRONT TRANSMISSION: 2-speed automatic
MID TRANSMISSION: 
6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Top Speed- 155 km/h

0-60/mph- 4.4 seconds

Price (USA)- Base price of $137,450

Why You Should Get The BMW i8

With the BMW i8, going green doesn’t have to mean you’re going to park a Prius in your driveway. Placing itself at the cusp of renowned exciting battery-assisted models, backed together with a world-renowned manufacturer, the plug-in hybrid car with a luxurious charisma adds an extra layer of intrigue to your character.

Here are the low-downs on why you should get the BMW i8, a car well on its way onto the sports car hall of fame:

Cost Efficiency

Costing eight times less than the Porsche 918 Spyder, it’s surely one way you’re more than convinced of getting this car. With its current price starting at $135, 925, it’s quicker than most vehicles you’ll meet at the highway. But at the same time it’s on the same level of 918, technically and ecologically.

MPG

With the BMW i8, you’re looking at 55-75mpg, considering you’ll be making use of its e-propulsion from time to time. But while on the combined cycle, as they theoretically claimed it, it can go up to 134.5mpg.

Engine Noise

The 1.5-litre three cylinders create a full-blown lovely engine sound. It’s not a digitized sound, mind you. However, the roar of the engine is then amplified to its speakers, giving it a more dramatic boost.

Regenerates thru Brakes

Another spectacular feature of it is that it can regenerate its e-power via the brakes system. And while you’re not in Sport mode, the brake still feels natural.

Different Modes

With its different modes come in a range of different personalities you can go along with. If you want your vehicle as a sports car with great handling, put it in Sport Mode. Want to glide in the wind and feel calm with the engine silent? Turn it into e-drive. And in between those, there are also Comfort and Eco-Pro modes.

2+2 Seats

Though it can be seen as a double-edged sword for most sports cars, it’s an ideal feature nonetheless. The seats can accommodate fully-sized human beings, too, without giving the engine a drag.

It’s Executed Brilliantly

It sets the tone of what is more to come in terms of hybrid cars while giving sports cars a bright future up ahead.

BMW FUN FACT

THE BMW LOGO MIGHT NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK IT IS

Contrary to what some random guy at a party may have told you, the BMW roundel doesn’t depict a spinning propeller against a blue sky.

Blue and white are actually the colors of the state of Bavaria, though the marketing team did later play-up the propeller angle in the 1940s, which is probably where the myth started.