Road & Track Performance Report: BMW i8


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Chris Harris has found a new home with the Road & Track crew.  He’s no longer with DRIVE, but that’s fine by us as long as he continues to put out some of the most well-written automotive reviews on the planet.

This BMW i8 review by Chris Harris is a perfect example of what he’s capable of.  Read the full review here at Road & Track.

Here we’ll focus only on the numbers:

  • 0 to 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds
  • Quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 114.4 MPH
  • Roadholding of 0.91 g’
  • 0 to 30 MPH (a category in which most plug-ins excel) 1.6 seconds

Do read the full review over at Road & Track, it’s definitely worth your time.  The review opens with this statement:

“BMW’s i8 is both a car and a preview of the marque’s future. This is fitting, because everyone who sees the i8 assumes it is, in fact, from the future.”

And concludes:

“BMW’s work here isn’t perfect, but if you consider the effort and the technology the i8 embodies, the ideas it forces you to reconsider, and the smile it puts on your face, there’s only one conclusion: This is a remarkable achievement.”

Source: Road & Track

Categories: BMW


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Wow. No comments on this article? Not even something along the lines of, “Why not buy a Model S P85D, have twice as much seating and blow the doors off the BMW i8? And save $30,000 while doing so.”

Or just buy both.

Or better yet, a a Model S P85D and a Chevy Volt for the same price as an i8.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I’d rather have a P85D, a beater Grand Cherokee with a hitch, and a literbike or GS.

I don’t think you can buy a P85D and Volt for the price of an i8.

P85D cost about $125K and Volt cost about $35K and combined that is $160K.

i8 is only about $150K.

If you picked up a Volt today from dealer stock (there are lots of them) you could get the $7500 tax credit for this year. If you ordered a P85D today, you would get it early next year, and thus have another $7500, which would more than close the $10,000 gap in price.

But. personally, I like Noisewater’s idea better. 🙂

Did anyone notice the weird discrepancy? The chart shows the 5-60 on a roll out being 4.9 seconds. So that means the car is faster at a dead stop than with a rolling stop. I expect the electric drivetrain from 0 gives it the push for a lower 0-60.

Wow! A 7.1kWh battery? Really? My Zero SR has a 14.2 kWh battery in it.

“but without the luxury of track time in this evaluation, that theory will have to remain untested. And given the car’s purpose, a test like that probably isn’t relevant.”

Absolutely excellent review of an excellent, but (typically) flawed 1st effort of BMW’s new vision. His reference to ‘poser’ is apt, not the car but its (also typical) stunning effect upon the buying public. It does so many things well, it -probably- stands to reason that BMW-track-performance is Not one of them, as it seldom needs to be.

But once upon a time, that was absolutely job one (M5) and then add comforts such that WAF could live with it too (if you didn’t live in multi-season climates, of course).

Strange beast, but so was the M1, which is why comparisons are invariably made. It is simply so M1-esque, and so Anti M8.

Considering this car with its tiny 1.5 liter engine smokes Tesla P85 off the line and beyond is something to consider as remarkable, at least. Unless you are an american red neck, as some people around… It is not just about power, it is about weight, and physics does not understand about being patriotic…

And the p85 won’t trap 114mph, the dual motor barely over. Shows at 70mph+ the i8 will pull away from the present p85.