2017 BMW i8 Review, Specs and Price

Good day my friends. 2017 BMW i8, an icon of the world’s luxury sports car, admired by all living human on earth for its beauty. Maybe I’m a little bit over exaggerated on that one. Okay, this car is using two engines at once, which is gasoline and electric, we use the term “hybrid” for it. Thus features not only gives the BMW i8 a luxurious look, but also making the new BMW more economical and furthermore it also boasts more power to the engine. To support the performance, the designer made the body to be more aerodynamic and modern.

The exterior definitely looks luxurious, despite the aerodynamic design that support the car to reach its maximum speed. It’s pretty obvious that the good things will not end here, the safety features also become the priority for the BMW to satisfy the consumer when driving the new BMW i8. Inside, the interior will give you a sophisticated technology that’s making the new BMW more classy. So don’t be surprised if the price of the new 2017 BMW i8 might break your bank.

Moving on to the dashboard, here, the car will serve you with many controls that’s fully digital. It has high functionality, which in addition to attractive, it also provides more ease to the driver while driving. Meanwhile, BMW also provides multimedia features and connectivity, which can be connected to your smartphone devices.

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The new BMW i8, bringing you a solid design with aerodynamic structure across its body. Even more, apart from the look, under the bonnet, it also equipped with a big engine capacity. Frankly, my favorite part of this car is the front side, the design is just perfect, look at the headlamp! Beautiful.

The manufacture clearly does not only focus on the look, but also the functionality. The headlamp gives you a great lightning when you are driving in the night, rain or in the foggy environment.  Meanwhile, the front side is very typical of a BMW car, just look at the grille and the emblem, anybody would quickly notice it’s a BMW. Also, you need to know that there’s a hybrid plug-in located on the left side of the front door.

The doors are scissor doors, and it looks perfect for the modern design of the new BMW i8.  On the rear side, the stop lamp giving it a more luxurious impression. The design follows the curve of headlamp plus LED, In addition to gives a luxurious impression into its rear end, it also effectively warns the other drivers when braking.

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The wheelbase is 110,2 inch long, and the dimension of its body is 184.6 inches long, 76.5 inch wide, and the overall height is 51.0 inches.  The weight isn’t quite satisfying, since it’s a sport car we would normally expect for something lighter. The overall weight without passengers is 3455kg, meanwhile BMW claim that the car is made of lightweight materials, the question is; what makes it a little bit heavy? Meanwhile, the thing that I hate the most of this car is that it has tight ground clearance, means you have to be very careful when driving the car.

It seems like they want to give it a more luxurious impression by adding a super elegant rim. Its 20 inch for the regular size with super thin tires in big sizes, P215 / 45YR20 on the front and on the rear it’s supported by P245 / 40YR20 tires.

The suspension has successfully adopted multilink and arms control, this technology allows you to have a direct setting on how soft or hard do you want from the suspension, one touch is all you need to adjust it to your need. Now let’s continue inside, although it’s a two door car the cabin feels so spacious, even though the car itself is a 4 seater.

The dashboard is fully digital, almost everything is digital. It looks very futuristic, you’d probably felt like driving a car from the future, indeed it is. The connectivity feature is satisfying, to connect your devices you don’t need cable, no more, and the car has Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System, turn on the music please.

Now, let’s talk about the engine. The electric engine is located in the front, while the gasoline engine is in the back. This will definitely put a smile to your face, the main engine has 3 cylinders along with a turbocharged technology. How powerful is it? It can produce 357 HP and a torsion of 420 lb-ft with eDrive technology. Its automatic transmission gives you great handling, meanwhile the car can reach its maximum speed in only 4,2 seconds. Quite powerful, yes? Last but not least, you can switch the driving mode between eDrive, ECO Mode Pro, Sport and Comfort.

Here’s the specification

Base price $150,000 (CAD)
Monthly payments $2,831/month (?)
Approximate insurance $1,595 (?)provided by Kanetix
Engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain AWD
CO₂ emissions 3,802 kg/year
Type Electric
Power 129 hp @ 4,800 rpm (96 kW)
Torque 184 lb·ft (249 N·m)
Type I-3 1.5 litre
Power 228 hp @ 5,800 rpm (170 kW)
Torque 236 lb·ft @ 3,700 rpm (320 N·m)
Induction Turbocharged
Bore 82 mm
Stroke 94 mm
Fuel type Premium
Hybrid/Electric
Battery type Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
Energy 7 kWh
Voltage 355 V
Charging time
  • 120V, 10A : 3.5h
  • 240V, 15A : 1.5h
  • 400V : N/A
Cooling Liquid
Drivetrain structure N/A
Hybrid system description N/A
Vehicle type / Category
Vehicle type Coupe
Category Sports Car over $100,000, Hybrid / Plug-in Hybrid
Assembly Leipzig, DE
Generation 1
What’s new N/A
Fuel efficiency / Autonomy
City 8.4 l/100km
Highway 8.1 l/100km
Autonomy 500 km
Electric autonomy 24 km
Infotainment / Connectivity
Apple CarPlay compatible no
Android Auto compatible no
Tires / Suspension / Brakes / Safety
Steering rack and pinion, electrical variable assist
Traction control yes
Stability control yes
Seat belts 4
Airbags 6
Front suspension independent, short/long arm
Rear suspension independent, multi-link
Front brakes disc (ABS)
Rear brakes disc (ABS)
Front tires P215/45R20
Rear tires P245/40R20
Dimensions / Weight
Length 4,697 mm (185″)
Width 1,942 mm (76″)
Height 1,291 mm (51″)
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110″)
Front track 1,644 mm (65″)
Rear track 1,721 mm (68″)
Weight 1,567 kg (3,455 lbs)
Weight distribution front-rear 48% – 51%
Capacities
Passengers 4
Fuel tank 42 l (11 gal)
Trunk 154 l (5 ft³)
Towing N/A
Box length N/A
Performance
Power to weight ratio N/A
0-100 km/h 4.3 s
80-120 km/h 3.6 s
Top speed 250 km/h
Braking distance 39.1 m
Warranty
Base warranty 4 years / 80,000 km
Powetrain warranty 4 years / 80,000 km

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