Video: BMW i8 Hits the Track for Exclusive First Drive

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

Set to officially debut in full production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the BMW i8 is a stunning machine.

BMW i8 on the Track

BMW i8 on the Track

It’s a plug-in hybrid with a decent amount of electric-only range (22 miles at speeds of up to 75 mph).

It outperforms the BMW M3 is most aspects (0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds or less).

It’s rather light given its size and being a plug-in (3,285 pounds).

It’s aerodynamic at 0.26 Cd.

But none of those specs matter if the i8 isn’t a blast to drive.

And drive it they did.  The folks at Evo were  invited to drive a pre-production i8 at a secret test track in France this month and this video gives you a taste of what this revolutionary  performance vehicle of the future is like out on the road.  Surely it’s no i3.  What a difference adding 5 makes (i3 + 5 = i8).

 

 

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2 responses to "Video: BMW i8 Hits the Track for Exclusive First Drive"

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    22 miles NDEC speak => 16 miles EPA.

  2. Wolfgang says:

    Let’s assume BMW did indeed throw their best engineering resources at the i8. Yet the result is no match in any category for Tesla Model S: How about a two-seat sports car that can’t outrace a limosine seating 5 + 2? For sure Tesla are years ahead in cell packaging. The’ve long ago tried and shedded the two-speed gear box fallacy. Still, in my opinion, the i8’s inferiority is testament to the weight and space penalties of the hybrid misconcept. Besides, I’m baffled by the idea of a “road linked” parallel hybrid, as it was so aptly put by BMW. Just imagine incurring tire resistance twice when recharging that tiny 8 kWh battery from the engine. Next year Tesla will introduce their Model X, with true electric all wheel drive. No doubt it’ll outpace even their own roadster. BMW may have seen the writing on the wall, but so far remain entangled in their outdated engine heritage.