MotorWeek BMW i8 Road Test Review – Video

OCT 16 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

BMW i8 reviews seems to be ramping up together with deliveries around the world.

The latest outlet that checked out i8 was MotorWeek, who was curious if it drives as good as looks.

Impressions are positive and on the track i8 achieved 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and 12.9 seconds @110 mph on the dragstrip.

“We kick off our 34th season with a look at the future of enthusiastic motoring in the BMW i8.”

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

So.. Smaller, slower, less practical, less reliable, less efficient, for about the same money as a P85D.


Are you really going to compare this to a Tesla Model S?? One is four door sedan one is a two door sports car. I seriously doubt people are cross shopping these two cars.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Nope, it just shows how embarrassing BMW can be, their ‘supercar’ is only good for track thrashing and showing off since Teslas heavier EV beats it like a rented stepchild in acceleration, efficiency, comfort and cargo. Just goes to show BMW should have gone with a ton more battery.

So.. Smaller, slower, less practical, less reliable, less efficient, for a lot more money (40K) than a P85.

P85 Base MSRP $94,570
0-60 4.2
quarter mile 12.4

i8 Base MSRP $135,700
0-60 4.4
quarter mile 12.9

A fraction of the price of other high performance plugins? Name them, and also name the fraction 1/4, 1/2, etc…The sort of tossed off type of comment that really irks me. Why not just say it is expensive, which it is, but it is a good deal for the money in comparison to other vehicles in it’s class.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.

And the SLS AMG Electric Drive (but that’s not a plugin hybrid ;))

33.5mpg is pretty good considering it is never plugged in…

The video opens with a criticism of BEVs for having too little range or being too costly – no mention of the best-selling Leaf or high-performance long-range Tesla.

Then they show a $135k BMW, which – while impressive – doesn’t solve the problems they mentioned in the beginning.

P1, 918 LA Ferrari, all basically million dollar cars. Makes the i8 a fraction of the cost. Defined as around 1/6 the to 1/7 their costs. Hows that? Not bad for a limited production exotic.

And beating a model S by four seconds around Laguna Seca. Does anyone know what kind of a visual lead four seconds is? This must kill the S or roadster around the corners!