BMW i8 Acceleration Exhaust Note – Video / Images From InsideEVs Ride Along
InsideEVs contributor Chris Neff, a BMW i3 REx owner, recently had the opportunity to check out and ride shotgun in a BMW i8.
Here’s his brief take on the BMW i8:
“In a word ‘wow’. The car is amazing inside and out”
“The ride, and this one was a pre-production, is not punishing and yes it is fast. In EV mode it is not as quick as my i3, but is louder, you can here the electric motor very well. It drives the front wheels and has more weight to lug around, plus the power is reduced…so it is somewhat quick in EV mode”
“Once the 3 cylinder engine is engaged, it is an entirely different story, things come alive. The car moves and it is not quiet, it roars. BMW enhanced the exhaust note, it does not sound like a 3 cylinder and that is not a bad thing. However they did it, they nailed it…it sounds great…no it is not pure, but once you hear it you will like it. EV mode for about 20 miles and combined mode 0-60 in low 4s with AWD – I’m sure that is conservative….want.”
Video of the acceleration run (with “exhaust note”) posted below. Additional i8 images after video.