BMW i8 Finally Revealed. On Sale In US From $135,925 In Spring 2014 (w/live streaming video)

4 years ago by Jay Cole 15

BMW Debuts The i8 In Frankfurt

BMW Debuts The i8 In Frankfurt

Finally, this morning, from the floor of the IAA (Frankfurt Motor Show), we got our first real look at the BMW i8 in all its glory – gone is the blue and white camouflage that haunted us (and spy photographers) of the past two years.

BMW i8 Finally Sheds Camo

BMW i8 Finally Sheds Camo

Not only did BMW show the i8, BMW priced it too; which for US buyers means you can own your own copy for just $135,925!

“Today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW unveiled on of the most widely anticipated cars in its history – the BMW i8. On most levels, this plug-in hybrid 2+2 sports car is unlike any car ever introduced. It is was also announced that the BMW i8 will have a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of $135,925 (including destination and handling) when it arrives in US showrooms in spring of 2014.”

BMW i8 Production Interior

BMW i8 Production Interior

Overall, the car weighs in at a fairly trim (for a plug-in) 3,285 pounds, and sports a drag coefficient of 0.26.

For $135,000 You Can't Have Your Doors Just Open "Normally"

For $135,000 You Can’t Have Your Doors Just Open “Normally”

The BMW i8 is powered by a 231 hp/236 lb-ft engine (BMW TwinPower Turbo) via a rear wheel six-speed automatic gearbox.

The electric motor has an output of 131 hp with 184 lb-ft of torque and delivers power through a two-stage auto transmission.

The combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo and electric drive puts out puts out a maximum 362 hp and 420 lb-ft, which allows the i8 to travel from 0 to 62 mph in around 4.4 seconds.  BMW also notes it will get 94 mpg US(based on EU fuel consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 km rating) although the car has yet to be vetted by the EPA.

The i8’s battery has a usable capacity of 5 kWh (liquid cooled) that is mounted between the seats and allows the car to travel up to 22 miles (NEDC) according to the company.  Top speed in EV mode is 75 mph.

The i8 has three driving modes – according to BMW:

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    COMFORT mode offers optimum balance between dynamics and efficiency; combined range in everyday conditions: over 500
    kilometers (310 miles)

  • SPORT mode with ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor
  • ECO PRO mode can be used in both all-electric mode and
    hybrid mode.

Total range of the car is pegged at “over 500 km” or 310 miles.

Below: BMW i8 Gallery (double click)

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15 responses to "BMW i8 Finally Revealed. On Sale In US From $135,925 In Spring 2014 (w/live streaming video)"

  1. TSLA says:

    meh nothing special

    1. alainl007 says:

      +1. Poor hybrid (5 Kwh battery) / Puppet show

  2. David Murray says:

    Looks fantastic. I’d love to have one.. But the price is just way too high. I could see this car selling really well at $60,000.

    1. George B says:

      Great news coverage! Agree with David’s reasoning here.

  3. manitou820 says:

    I think this really shows Tesla is easily 5 years ahead of most automakers when it comes to EV’s. I agree with the comment above. $60K price range, maybe $70K would be been intriguing. But $135K is so far off the mark for what this car offers.

  4. MDEV says:

    Yeah too much for a nice car nose

  5. Spec says:

    Twice as much as a Model S 60KWH. LOL.

  6. Bloggin says:

    This seems the i8 missed the mark. Just looking at the stats, it’s really unimpressive.

    It’s $135k and offers about the same 22 mile EV range as a C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid that costs $32k.

    The Fusion Energi has a 118hp electric motor, compared with the i8 sports car offering just 13 more hp at 131hp.

    Which leaves a $100k, 231hp/184 torque sports car. Where the Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost offers more power at 240hp and 231 torque for $26k.

    The i8 could have been much better as a 300 mile full EV or offer offer 300 EV miles with the range extender for another 80 miles like the i3. And cost from $70k to $90k.

    The way it stands, the EPA 265(300) EV mile Tesla Model S Performance offering 0-60 at 4.2 sec and at $83k is a much better option.

    The same with the i3. The EV range should be 200 miles without the range extender option as a premium vehicle.

    BMW just does not understand the EV buyer, which is a lot like the computer/laptop consumer. You get the most processing power(EV range) you can afford and work from there. But BMW is offering last generation processors in their new machines, and charging more.

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      For that kind of money I want sub-4s 0-60, verging on sub-3s. Methinks a Tesla GT with 2x320kW or 4x160kW motors and 100kWh battery could tick under 3s 0-60 with the right tires, and probably run the same $$.

  7. Jeff N says:

    Jay writes the following misleading sentence:

    “BMW also notes it will get 94 mpg (US) although the car has yet to be vetted by the EPA.”

    I realize you are typing this in under time pressure but you obviously must know this is utterly misleading and without any context to many of your readers. You don’t say it in the article, but this is almost certainly based on the NEDC “combined and weighted” test cycle that includes depleting a fully charged plugin battery pack. That same test cycle rates the Chevy Volt at 196 mpg (US) because the Volt has a bigger battery and EV driving range (52 miles EV NEDC vs. 22 for i8).

    The EPA doesn’t have a similar combined and weighted EV/HV test cycle. By saying the 94 mpg “has yet to be vetted by the EPA” you are implying that EPA might report a different but comparable number on a similar test cycle but EPA doesn’t have a comparable test cycle. At least some of your readers will assume the 94 mpg estimate is somehow relatable to the mpg estimates that the EPA does issue. They would be wrong.

    You don’t mention the NEDC gas-only mpg. The Volt was rated as 47 mpg (US) NEDC. Possibly BMW chose not to release their comparable number because they wanted everyone to be mislead by the 94 mpg figure? Why not mention the lack of a gas-only number from BMW in the article?

    It’s not like this is a novel problem. This issue comes up every time a new plugin car gets announced at a European car show. We’ve been through this charade several times now. Enough times that speciality blogs and auto journalists should know better even though many of their readers don’t yet understand how these numbers are being misleadingly reported without the necessary context that explains how to interpret them.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yeah it’s busy at Frankfurt…12 stories out today in last 5 hours here. I would like to note it is not “misleading” from us, its a quote from BMW, but I catch your drift.

      I have ‘adjusted’ the article to read:

      “BMW also notes it will get 94 mpg US (based on EU fuel consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 km rating) although the car has yet to be vetted by the EPA”

      When more numbers are published and we get a chance to fully suss out the car, we will surely get deeper into it – this was mainly a “watch the reveal”/preliminary report.

      1. Jeff N says:

        “I have ‘adjusted’ the article to read:….”

        Adding the 2.5 liters per km is just restating the misleading 94 mpg estimate in metric. Maybe you could come up with a paragraph of standard NEDC “combined and weighted” boilerplate context to spray in to articles like this when you are missing the other NEDC or EPA estimate values.

  8. pjwood says:

    An absolute bargain next to the Porsche 918. Tesla offers a big battery (which is good). The Germans, and maybe Toyota, are honing the in/out KERS systems that boost performance (which is also good). Different priorities. More flavors.

  9. Foo says:

    Already a dinosaur.

  10. Dave Rauschkolb says:

    Yawn, I’ll stick to my Tesla and my ordered Tesla X.