BMW i8 Versus Porsche 911

JUL 10 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Autocar thought it wise to pit the BMW i8 against the most iconic sports car ever: the Porsche 911.

We won’t steal Autocar’s thunder though, so what you’ll read below will be only a few snippets from Autocar’s exceptionally detailed comparison between the i8 and the 911:

“You might have already read our first drive verdict on the BMW i8 and think you know what direction this test is set to take: the Porsche 911 walks it.”

“However, the i8 is one of the most advanced road cars ever: carbonfibre construction, plug-in hybrid driveline, myriad drive modes, the capability to run in either zero-emissions electric front-wheel drive or petrol-electric four-wheel drive, two gearboxes… the list goes on. It is the most sophisticated car ever to wear a BMW badge.”

“Next to it, the Porsche appears rather conventional.”

That’s the opener, which is followed by detailed comparisons (on the road, by the numbers, subjective opinions and so on) between the two vehicles (Autocar has thoroughly tested both the i8 and 911). Here’s the closing:

“So the Porsche takes the dynamic contest – and by quite a margin.

“However, the BMW is not disgraced. The i8 is one of the most intriguing sports cars to challenge the establishment in a very long time, and it is a clear winner in an urban environment…”

“… if you’re keen on the futuristic appearance and are more obsessed with technology than dynamic appeal, go with the i8….Think of it as the world’s most accomplished urban sports car.”

Source: Autocar

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Alan Campbell

Let’s have the ‘full’ closing;

“So the Porsche takes the dynamic contest – and by quite a margin. The tacit handling of the Carrera S is intoxicating on the right road.

However, the BMW is not disgraced. The i8 is one of the most intriguing sports cars to challenge the establishment in a very long time, and it is a clear winner in an urban environment, where its ability to run in electric mode and strong low-end torque make it wonderfully refined and amazingly frugal.

In the end, you can make a strong case for owning either one of these cars. If you’re an enthusiast and treasure driving, choose the 911. The Porsche is clearly more entertaining on a back road and the better sports car.

But if you’re keen on the futuristic appearance and are more obsessed with technology than dynamic appeal, go with the i8. The BMW’s blend of coolness and complexity makes it a compelling statement. Think of it as the world’s most accomplished urban sports car.”

Seth

But if you’re keen on the futuristic appearance and are more obsessed with technology than dynamic appeal, go with the i8. The BMW’s blend of coolness and complexity makes it a compelling statement.”

A statement for what? If you want to look cool and futuristic and are ok to stick to urban roads, this is your best choice? That’s what you get when you get when you build a car that’s neither green nor sports. It is one of the most useless penis enlargers on the road (just after the F150) But that is just my opinion 🙂

Warren M

Or you can go with BMW’s $75k offering, the M3 which walks the 911 in most all the objective performance categories according to the cover story in Car and Driver. BMW i8 is in a different category than the ICE only 911.

Luis

How does owning a pickup truck, F150, Silverado, Ram or anything become a penis enlarger? If pickups did not have a function there would not be that many on the road. But, maybe we could make this a marketing point. I know that there are people who believe that getting from point A to point B is all that matters but pickups are useful; ask any scrap metal collector.

Braben

“How does owning a pickup truck, F150, Silverado, Ram or anything become a penis enlarger?”

I have to admit that every time I see one of those ridiculous lifted pickup trucks, I think the driver is trying to compensate for some deficiency. 😉