By   May 14, 2014

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

The 2015 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid in the vein of the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. Where the i8 differs from those supercars is that it is a hybrid sports car that is much more affordable.

Of course it has less power than a P1 or 918, it instead has its sights on the mighty 911. Taking on a car that has evolved over 50 years is not an easy task, but if BMW is successful they will have truly made “The Ultimate Driving Machine”.

Exterior

2015 BMW i8 Styling

The styling of the BMW i8 is something straight out of a science fiction movie. Looking at it is as if you are seeing a car from the future.

It has flowing lines that follow the contour of the car from the front to the back. The headlights appear to be squinting and you know that it is a BMW thanks to the traditional split grille. A hood scoop gives the sports car a higher performance look from the front view.

From the side you have large air intakes behind the doors and the back has a rounded style. Speaking of doors the gullwing style doors help give the car a supercar feel.

Interior

2015 BMW i8 Interior

The concept style continues on the inside with plenty of interesting angles throughout the interior. As expected the materials used are all high quality and it has a very upscale feel. The styling of the interior is very futuristic while maintaining a modern sporty feel.

Drivetrain

2015 BMW i8 Profile View

At the heart of the BMW i8 is a three-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out a decent 228 horsepower. This is then supplemented by an electric engine connected to the front wheels that has an output of and extra 129 horsepower. At the rear there is yet another electric motor that adds another 13 horsepower, but its main job is to top off the charge on the battery.

When everything comes together the combined output comes up to 375 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque. The gasoline engine is mated to a six speed automatic that is used to get the power to the rear wheels.

All this hybrid technology equates to a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That is fast enough to make any Prius owner wish they had an i8 and a 911 Carrera S owner nervous.

Driving Impressions

Chris Harris was able to review the i8 and put the car through its paces. In the above video review he talks about its good points and its bad. He drives it in all electric mode and in hybrid mode and then talks about how well it drives. Chris then goes on to point out some of the things that you have to get used to with driving the BMW.

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Pricing

Official pricing has yet to be released, but it is believed that the new BMW hybrid will start at $105,000. That will put it right in the territory of the Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Verdict

2015 BMW i8 Three Quarter View

The BMW i8 is an interesting concept and looks like it will be a very good car. The question is will the new school German sports car be able to compete with the time tested formula of the Porsche 911. The i8 is a glimpse at the future, but many enthusiasts will opt for the 911 if the pricing is similar.

Desktop wallpaper of the BMW i8