Current EV

BMW i8

Plug-In Hybrid


Seats 4

4.7ft3 Cargo


11.6kWh Battery

The i8 is a plug-in hybrid/extended range EV that accelerates from 0 to 60 in under 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. It won the coveted Green Car of the Year Award in 2014 and the Luxury Green Car of the Year Award in 2015. It has won three Engine of the Year Awards, the latest in 2018 for the BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid.

This 2019 plug-in hybrid's sleek scissor doors and ultra-futuristic styling make it look like a spaceship yanked from a science fiction epic. In city driving, its all-electric EPA range is 15 miles. With gas and electric it has a 330-mile range. The EPA also rated the BMW i8 at 76 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), factoring in both gas and electric operation. Its carbon fiber passenger cell offers a 2+2 seating layout. The hybrid is classified as a 2-door coupé sports car (one of just a few “supercars” that can be driven without eco-guilt). BMW considers this expensive ($136.500 base price), high-performance vehicle and its far less pricey counterpart – the i3 – examples of where the company’s future is headed.

The i8 offers only one powertrain choice – a 357-hp (combined) turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid engine.

Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, driver-adjustable suspension, LED exterior lighting (headlights, fog lights, running lights and taillights), automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, six-way power front seats, driver-seat memory settings and a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The technology/entertainment suite includes a head-up instrument display, a navigation system, BMW's iDrive electronics interface (with an 8.8-inch central display screen), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW Assist and Online, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a USB port, satellite radio and HD radio. Also included are BMW Apps (smartphone-app integration) and BMW Remote Services (which allows Apple and Android users to lock the car remotely and turn on the climate control, among various other tasks).

Edwards reviewers say about the interior: "As with several other exotic sports cars on the market, getting into the BMW i8 requires some practice. Swing the scissor lift door up and out of the way (a cool experience in itself), and you'll find a wide door sill you'll have to step over. With that being the case, the generally accepted method involves sitting on the sill and swinging one leg in, then letting your hind quarters slip into the seat followed by the other leg, all while ducking under the bottom edge of the door. Sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of it, the procedure turns out to be no big deal. After you're in, you'll find plenty of headroom complemented by power-operated seats that offer good comfort even during a long day behind the wheel. The stylish design combined with high-quality naturally tanned leather and recycled materials gives the passenger cabin the upscale look you'd expect from an exotic sports car. Since this is a BMW, the instrument display and various center-console controls are meant for an actively engaged driver. The rear seats are really seats in name only; they're much too cramped for human habitation. Much as in a Porsche 911, it's better to think of them as an adjunct to the notably small trunk, which itself offers just 5.4 cubic feet of space."

i8 comes in two trims: Giga World includes turbine-style wheels, upgraded LED headlights and more extensive leather upholstery; Tera World adds special interior trim, including unique cloth and leather upholstery. Note that the base/default package is called Mega World; it's included in the base price. BMW's Laserlight headlamps are available with all three World packages. There's also a new Protonic Red Edition which offers special paint and trim, unique wheels, distinctive seats and interior details and door sills engraved with "Protonic Red Edition."

Car and Driver calls i8 a "Calm Star Cruiser," and says: "Driven without aggression, the i8 can feel appliance-like, which we mean with no disrespect—few cars that perform this well are so amenable to gentle cruising. The i8 is capable of meandering through traffic like an ordinary family sedan, at least to the extent that those gaping at it allow. There’s great visibility outward, considering how low the car is, so maneuvering around the gawkers is easy. The narrow Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires, 215/45R-20 in front and 245/40R-20 in back, don’t hum on the freeway the way the wide meats do on, say, a Chevy Corvette. The i8 generates 72 decibels of noise at 70 mph—not luxury-sedan quiet but 4 decibels quieter than what we measured in the Corvette Grand Sport. Four decibels might seem like a small difference, but sound measurements reside on an exponential scale, and the BMW’s cruising sound is not only much quieter but of a more pleasant character."




  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder 228-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque engine with high-precision direct injection
  • Driving Dynamics Control with eDRIVE, ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT settings
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • 7.1 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack with advanced active thermal management system
  • J1772 compatible AC Charging (3.3 kW)
  • Brake Energy Recuperation system, Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hybrid-specific Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including all-wheel-drive functionality for independent drive sources, Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • High-performance, lightweight, 4-wheel cross-drilled, ventilated 13-inch disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • LifeDrive vehicle architecture with lightweight aluminum Drive Module components and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell Life Module
  • Double-wishbone-type front suspension, 5-link rear suspension
  • Electric steering
  • 8-year/100,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty


  • Back-up Camera
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Assist
  • Apple Car Play
  • Navigation
  • Lane Departure Alarm
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • 6-way power front seats, 3-stage heated front seats
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • iDrive system with on-board computer and touchpad Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • BMW Online with MyInfo and BMW Apps
  • Full-color Head-up Display (HUD), instrument cluster with 8.8" high-resolution screen
  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth® including Audio Streaming and Mobile Office2 features, plus Smartphone Integration; Message Dictation available with optional 3rd-party subscription
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling (with compatible Bluetooth phone) and phonebook downloading capabilities
  • HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription
  • Automatic 2-zone climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, temperature- and volume-controlled rear outlets, windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C function, and recall of individual user settings
  • Harman Kardon® Premium Sound Audio System with vehicle-specific equalizing and powerful 360-watt amplifier; the 11-speaker system includes 1 midrange speaker and 1 tweeter in the instrument cluster, 2 midrange speakers and 2 tweeters in the door-sill finishers, 2 midrange speakers and 2 tweeters in the C-pillar, and 1 woofer in the center rear backrest.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • BMW Ambiance lighting with LED lights package (color-configurable; contour illumination of fresh-air grille and door armrests; ambient illumination of center console and footwells)
  • Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when vehicle is turned off, separately controlled left/right front and rear reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 12V power socket in center console
  • Comfort Access keyless entry with multi-function remote control
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
  • Anti-theft alarm system, BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery and My BMW i Remote app
  • Active Driving Assistant with Surround View; includes Speed Limit Info, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Protection and City Collision Mitigation
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of starter generator, fuel pump and high-voltage battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment


  • BMW i W Spoke light alloy wheels (Style 470), 20 x 7.5 front, 20 x 8.5 rear; and 215/45 front, 245/40 rear tires
  • Carbon Fiber reinforced body
  • 2 Scissor door design with lifting and turning function upward toward the front, Lightweight aluminum doors and hood
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • 2-tone aluminum engine-compartment lid in high-gloss black and body color
  • BMW i streamflow aerodynamics with .26 coefficient of drag
  • LED headlights and LED accent lights with BMW i "U-shape" LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Thermoplastic front bumper, front fender, and rear bumpers
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof with UV protection and tinted clear vision coating
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