Road & Track: BMW i8 Instrumented Test Results – 0 To 60 MPH In 3.8 Seconds

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 11

BMW i8

BMW i8

Jason Cammisa of Road & Track magazine recently took the BMW i8 to Willow Springs to put it through a series of instrumented tests.  The results, as posted by Road & Track, show that the BMW i8 is even more capable than BMW’s official figures show.

For example, BMW lists the official 0 to 60 MPH time for the BMW i8 at 4.2 seconds.  Road & Track crushed that time with a 3.8-second blast from 0 to 60 MPH.

Note the “EV” figures posted by Road & Track too, including 0 to 60 MPH in 9.4 seconds.

Source: Road & Track via BMW Blog

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14 responses to "Road & Track: BMW i8 Instrumented Test Results – 0 To 60 MPH In 3.8 Seconds"

  1. Elroy says:

    I guess it isn’t slower than the Model S like everyone was claiming.. People. Have to understand BMW always underrates their acceleration and horsepower numbers. Even the 575hp M5 reportedly makes over 600HP at the engine. Audi, Mercedes, BMW horses are almost always much larger than the American horses. It has been shown. repeatedly on independent dyno tests.

    1. jimbo says:

      Not slower, no, just the same speed…as a 7 passenger sedan which came out a few years ago, from an upstart automaker who hasn’t been in the game for 100 years like BMW has, is 1300lbs heavier and $40k cheaper. And yet they’re basically the same in performance.

      That 3 cylinder anchor is slowing you down, BMW. Get rid of it.

  2. Blind Guy says:

    Curious; what is the 0-60 time in EV mode?

    1. mutle says:

      9.4 seconds

      1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        Damn, that’s lame!

  3. Spec9 says:

    Very impressive. Then again, it does cost $134K.

    But it is nice to see the old guard implicitly admit that if you want torque at 0 RPM and acceleration then electric is the way to do it.

  4. i8 says:

    0-60 ~4 seconds, same as Model S, not impressive at all. When’s a car going to do 0-60 in 1 second? how come we arent there yet? lol

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      When you get launched off the aircraft carrier with a catapult, you would be doing 0-60 in 1 seconds. Actually you would be doing about 0-200 in a little over 2 seconds…

    2. David Murray says:

      The problem there is finding enough traction.

  5. See Through says:

    Just noticed that California ARB has labeled BMW i3 REX as ‘Light duty ZEV’, qualifying it for a rebate of $2500 like BEVs. I think, this also means a white HOV sticker for this model. This is definitely some very good news for BMW i3 REX model.

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