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BMW i8 I12 Sports Car (2013-2020)

Neoscore 54%NEX score 68%

Product Overview

BMW i8 (chassis code I12) is a PHEV sports car in production from 2013 to 2020. It was powered by tiny turbocharged inline-3 engine that displaced 1.5 liters paired to a small lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor.
With a flagship price tag, the i8 has a rather miserable displacement. It is supposed to save fuel, but the owner certainly is not saving money. The BMW i8 is limited to inline-3, which has horrible NVH performance and durability, a legacy of modern-day regulations. The car's complex drivetrain is also unreliable, making it the worst of both worlds.
On the positive side, the i8 has a styling that reminds one of supercars. Still, one could purchase real supercars with honest drivetrains for less, making the entire "woke sports car" concept exceedingly ridiculous.
BMW has made a good effort in aerodynamics, with a decent 0.26 coefficient of drag to show for it. The official fuel economy rating is exceptionally rosy, though it may cast more doubts on the trustworthiness of the regulators and perhaps the owner's own sanity than it relates to reality. Utility-minded owners will likely need to keep an alternative for hauling things around, as the tiny cargo space is almost surely insufficient.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the BMW i8 comes with double-wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Supercar-like styling
  • Good 0.26 drag coefficient
  • Low official fuel consumption
Cons
  • Only available with tiny engines
  • Very little cargo space
  • Gigantic reliability concern

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent standard equipment
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Class-leading performance
  • Stylish looks
  • Powerful electric motor
Cons
  • Lack of space in the second row
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Not as economical as rivals
  • Pricier than rivals
  • No timing belt
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Specifications

Variants:
362PS
374PS
374PS Euro6d

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
154 L / 5.4 cu-ft
Engine Oil Capacity
4.2 L / 4.5 qt
Fuel Capacity
30.0 L / 7.9 gal
Passengers
4
374PSPayload
370 kg / 816 lbs
374PS Euro6dPayload
385 kg / 849 lbs
362PSPayload
370 kg / 816 lbs

Chassis

374PSBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs
374PS Euro6dBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs
362PSBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs, 340x29.2 mm
374PSBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
374PS Euro6dBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
362PSBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs, 340x19.2 mm
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
Double-wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
Front wheel tires: 195/50 R20 Rear wheel tires: 215/45 R20
Turning Circle
12.3 m / 40.3 ft

Construction

374PSBattery | Capacity
11.6 kWh (gross) | 9.4 kWh (net)
374PS Euro6dBattery | Capacity
11.6 kWh (gross) | 9.4 kWh (net)
362PSBattery | Capacity
7.1 kWh (gross) | 5.2 kWh (net)
Battery | Type
Lithium-ion
Battery | Voltage
355.0 V
Body Style
2-door plug-in hybrid Coupe

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
117 mm / 4.6 in
374PSSize | Height
1293 mm / 50.9 in
374PS Euro6dSize | Height
1291 mm / 50.8 in
362PSSize | Height
1298 mm / 51.1 in
Size | Length
4689 mm / 184.6 in
Size | Width
1942 mm / 76.5 in | 2218 mm / 87.3 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front
1644.0 mm / 64.7 in
374PSTrack Width | Rear
1721.0 mm / 67.8 in
374PS Euro6dTrack Width | Rear
1721.0 mm / 67.8 in
362PSTrack Width | Rear
1715.0 mm / 67.5 in
374PSWeight
1535.0 kg / 3384.1 lbs
374PS Euro6dWeight
1535.0 kg / 3384.1 lbs
362PSWeight
1485.0 kg / 3273.9 lbs
Wheel Size
Front wheel rims: 7J x 20 Rear wheel rims: 7.5J x 20
Wheelbase
2800 mm / 110.2 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.4 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
4.2 sec
374PSCO2 Emission
42 g/km
374PS Euro6dCO2 Emission
42 g/km
362PSCO2 Emission
49 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.26
374PSElectric Range
55.0 km / 34.2 mi
374PS Euro6dElectric Range
55.0 km / 34.2 mi
362PSElectric Range
37.0 km / 23.0 mi
374PSFuel Economy
1.8 L/100km / 130.7 MPG (combined)
374PS Euro6dFuel Economy
1.8 L/100km / 130.7 MPG (combined)
362PSFuel Economy
2.1 L/100km / 112.0 MPG (combined)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph, 120.0 km/h / 74.6 mph (EV mode)

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Rear-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
374PSEmission Standard
Euro 6
374PS Euro6dEmission Standard
Euro 6d-TEMP
362PSEmission Standard
Euro 6
Engine
B38K15T0
Engine | Bore
82.0 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
9.5:1
Engine | Displacement
1.5 L / 91.5 cu-in / 1499.0 cc
374PSEngine | Power
231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 5800 rpm + 143.0 hp / 106.6 kW @ 4800 rpm (electric motor)
374PS Euro6dEngine | Power
231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 5800-6000 rpm + 143.0 hp / 106.6 kW @ 4800 rpm (electric motor)
362PSEngine | Power
231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 5800 rpm + 131.0 hp / 97.7 kW @ 4800 rpm (electric motor)
Engine | Specific Output
154.1 hp/L / 2.5 hp/cu-in
374PSEngine | Stroke
94.6 mm / 3.7 in
374PS Euro6dEngine | Stroke
94.6 mm / 3.7 in
362PSEngine | Stroke
94.5 mm / 3.7 in
Engine | Torque
320 Nm / 236.0 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm + 250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft
Engine | Type
Twin-scroll turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-3 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

374PSAvailability
2017 ~ 2018
374PS Euro6dAvailability
2018 ~ 2020
362PSAvailability
2013 ~ 2017

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
BMW has increased the energy capacity of the i8’s lithium ion battery from 20Ah to 34Ah. Combined with its Mini-sourced three-cylinder petrol engine, the i 8 now makes a total 369bhp. Fully charged, it’ll cover 34 miles on electricity alone. The electric motor drives the front wheels via a two-speed automatic gearbox.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful turbocharged petrol engine
  • Powerful electric motor
Cons
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Not the most fun to drive

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The BMW i8 is a unique proposition in the luxury sports car market. A rival to the ubiquitous Porsche 911, the i8 brings a dose of eco-consciousness to the segment thanks to its petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its exotic styling, meanwhile, belies both its price and reasonable running costs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Eco-conscious styling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Not as economical as rivals

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
BMW i8 went on sale in July 2014, priced from £94,845 once the £5,000 Government grant had been deducted. A new 34Ah battery pack gave an electric range of up to 33 miles. All i8s get plenty of hi-tech and luxury kit, including adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights, navigation, 20-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, parking sensors front and rear, automatic lights and wipers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading performance
  • Stylish looks
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons
  • Lack of space in the second row
  • No timing belt

User Reviews

References

1. ^ BMW i8 Coupe 2018 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/i8/first-drives/bmw-i8-coupe-2018-uk-review. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2022-05-16.
2. ^ BMW i8 (2014-2020) review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/i8. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2022-05-16.
3. ^ Used BMW i8 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/i8/107636/used-bmw-i8-review. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2022-05-16.

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