Dec 26, 2017
At the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, BMW revealed its production of a new sports car concept dubbed the BMW i8. One year later, the car was officially released in its homeland with a great welcome from car enthusiasts, especially those who are in the United Kingdom, the United States and of course Germany.
Gone through 3 years, the car has received a number of updates and also welcome more variants in its range. Now, the BMW i8 2018 gets an exotic appearance, superb performance, amazing all-electric motoring and fuel economy, making the vehicle become outstanding among others in its segment.
For this reason, Naijauto.com will bring you our full-scale BMW i8 2018 Review with a deep insight to make you acquainted with this six-figure sports car.
BMW i8 Roadster (2018) Ready to fight Tesla Roadster???
Born to be a plug-in hybrid sports car, the BMW i8 offers 2 doors, 2+2 seater, under a single trim level. The car is available with 2 variants which are the Giga World and the Tera World. The first one comes with more extensive leather upholstery, upgraded LED headlights and turbine-style wheels. The latter is impressive with some specially-designed interior trim consisting of leather upholstery and unique cloth. And the default version is dubbed Mega World which is also listed in the base price. All three World variants are equipped with the Laserlight headlamps of the brand. They are also decorated with standard features including 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers and LED headlights, running lights, taillights and fog lights.
Born to be a plug-in hybrid sports car, the BMW i8 offers 2 doors, 2+2 seater, under a single trim level
All of the variants are decorated with standard features including 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers and LED headlights
The BMW i8 2018 is equipped with running lights, taillights and foglights
Especially, the latest version called the all-new Protonic Red Edition comes adorned with unique wheels, distinctive interior decoration and seats, "Protonic Red Edition"-engraved door sills and special trim and paint.
The all-new Protonic Red Edition comes adorned with unique wheels
All editions of the BMW i8 wear exclusive paint jobs, along with kidney grille, impressive side skirts and soft edge and lines, bringing the sports car a striking, appealing yet furious look.
Being an exotic sports car, stepping inside the BMW i8 requires some finesses and practice. To get in the car, you need to swing the scissor lift door up and you will see a wide sill and then step over it. A cool way to get in is sitting on the sill and moving one of your legs in, let your back slip into the seat and also get the other leg in. It sounds quite complicated but once you are familiar with it, the steps will be much easier.
Being an exotic sports car, stepping inside the BMW i8 requires some finesses and practice
Open the door, what appears in your eyes is a stylish and luxurious interior. For the driver’s seating, the car offers large headroom and a six-way power seat, making the motorist relaxed and comfortable even after a long trip.
The cabin space is eye-catching with beautiful design highlighted by recycled materials and naturally tanned high-quality leather, providing the passenger’s space an upscale and outstanding appearance that is expected to see in an exotic sports vehicle.
Speaking of the rear seat, it is exactly a seat as what we call it. The seat is too cramped for occupants to stretch or move comfortably. Like the Porsche 911, you should think of them as an accessory for the remarkably compact trunk, which only provides 5.4 cubic feet of space.
Open the door, what appears in your eyes is a stylish and luxurious interior
As all BMW models, the infotainment system and numerous center-console controls mainly serve the driver. The BMW i8 2018 interior is equipped with a package of electric features including an 8.8-inch central display screen with BMW’s iDrive electronics interface, a head-up instrument display, Audio and Bluetooth phone connectivity, a navigation system, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a satellite radio, HD radio and USB port and BMW Assist and Online.
As all BMW models, the infotainment system and numerous center-console controls mainly serve the driver
It also has BMW Apps integrating smartphone applications and BMW Remote Services allowing Android and Apple users to turn on climate control and lock the BMW i8 remotely.
The odometer looks quite stylish
The sports car boasts a full kit of standard safety features including
|BMW i8 2018 Spec|
|Ground Clearance||4.6 in|
|Rear Track||67.8 in|
|Front Track||64.7 in|
|Interior - General|
|Cargo Volume||4.7 cu. ft|
|Cargo Volume (Seats Folded)||TBD|
|Interior - Front Row|
|Head Room||38.7 in|
|Leg Room||43.1 in|
|Shoulder Room||56.7 in|
|Interior - Second row|
|Head Room||32.4 in|
|Leg Room||28.2 in|
|Shoulder Room||49.6 in|
|Power||228 hp @ 5800 rpm|
|City Fuel Economy||TBD|
|Torque||236 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm|
|Highway Fuel Economy||TBD|
|Layout||All Wheel Drive|
|Front Suspension||Double Wishbone|
5.1. BMW i8 2018 engine
The BMW i8 2018 is powered by a 1.5-L inline 3-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a 7.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor. The gas engine works in a conjunction with a 6-speed automatic gearbox to power the rear wheels while the electric combines with an integrated 2-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. Work together, the two engines generate 357 hp and 570 Nm of torque.
And a European-spec BMW i8 2018 engine does the 0-100km/h sprint in a tamer 4.5 seconds before topping out, which is considered to be quite quick compared to many non-hybrid sports models on the market.
The BMW i8 2018 is powered by a 1.5-L inline 3-cylinder turbocharged engine
For the battery, it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge it through a standard 120 V garage outlet. If you upgrade the charger to 240 V or charge the car in a public dedicated charging station, it just spends 1.5 hours. And the maximum distance for a fully-charged battery is 15 miles.
When it comes to the performance, with 357 hp in maximum output, the BMW i8 brings a good performance for the driver from daily trips to rough rides. For the car’s fuel economy, the BMW i8 guzzles 28 mpg and reaches 330 miles between fill-ups. This promises to bring the driver enjoyable and exciting experience while driving.
To be compared, as a fast yet environmental-friendly vehicle, the BMW i8 might be a strong contender of the hybrid Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and the all-electric Tesla Model S. As a sports model, the Audi R8 which comes equipped with a dimension of all-weather civility and the all-wheel-drive Acura NSX are competitive with this BMW’s baby.
With 357 hp in maximum output, the BMW i8 brings a good performance for the driver from daily trips to rough rides
With a perfect combination of the excellent braking system and a smoothly strong acceleration, the BMW i8 showcases a surprising performance on the road. The i8 offer an impressive acceleration with a full throttle.
Under pure battery capacity, the i8 2018 generates no noise except for the sound of the electric motor’s turbine-like whine. The car engine has specially engineered sounds emanating from the rear audio speakers (even when the sound system turns off), producing an advanced auditory experience.
The i8 offer an impressive acceleration with a full throttle
Thanks to an equal balance between gravity’s low center and weight distribution, the car boasts a great ability of handling. The suspension is adjustable, allowing the i8 to excellently tackle winding roads and also harsh terrains.
It is also ideal to drive a BMW i8 on city roads as Sport mode can defeat any downright ground on low-quality streets.
The current price of the BMW i8 is around $140,700.00. With this price tag, the BMW i8 2018 could make many car enthusiasts strongly desire to own it.
|BMW i8 2018 Pros and Cons|
Everything considered, from the exotic design, attractive cues to great performance, the BMW i8 2018 is a winning vehicle. Though it’s still not completely perfect, we still heartily recommend checking out the i8 if you’re shopping for a two-door sports car.
In conclusion, Naijauto.com is keeping alive the hope that our BMW i8 2018 Review has helped you fill in the gaps in your knowledge of the latest BMW i8.