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The i8 is the flagship of BMW’s burgeoning eco-friendly i sub-brand. Offered exclusively as a coupe, the i8 uses an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain to provide an exhilarating driving experience while returning better fuel economy than even the tiniest economy cars sold on these shores.
We’d just parked and opened the butterfly-style doors to the 2015 BMW i8 in Venice Beach, California, when, right on cue, an amazed bystander basically summed up the entire day’s drive. For a split second, I thought BMW had installed the world’s most profane door chime. The timing was so surreal, my co-driver and I simply cracked up laughing in the car.
The central part of the i8 is a new architecture called LifeDrive that was inaugurated by the all-electric i3 city car. Crafted out of aluminum, the Drive module includes the gas-burning engine, the electric motor, the lithium-ion battery pack and all of the car’s electronic components. The Life module is built out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and mainly consists of the 2+2 passenger compartment.
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The i8 features dual front, side and curtain airbags. For added peace of mind, the lithium-ion battery pack is automatically disconnected from the all electronic components when the passenger restraint systems are triggered.
It’s good enough for a 0-62-mph sprint of 4.4 seconds while supposedly returning the equivalent of 94 mpg. We suspect that return will vary based on which of the three driving modes sport, comfort or eco pro happens to be selected. All-electric drive is possible, but only for about 22 miles.
The BMW i8 is a fascinating car in its own right, and along with the roadster version expected in 2015 should provide eco-conscious enthusiasts M3 performance without the green guilt. We’re eager to see how the technology of the high-dollar statement in carbon fiber filters down to BMW’s more conventional offerings.
The i8 stretches 184.6 inches long, 76.5 inches wide and 51.0 inches tall, dimensions that make it as tall and as wide as an Audi R8 but ten inches longer. It wears a highly futuristic design characterized by LED lighting on both ends, scissor doors and unusual “stream flow” C-pillars designed to improve the car’s airflow. Sculpted bumpers on both ends and several alloy wheel designs wrap up the look.
A 8.8-inch screen mounted on top of the center stack runs BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The driver can control the car’s navigation, entertainment, connectivity and climate control functions by using a knob located on the center console.
For more excitement, flip the gearlever to the left for Sport mode. This cranks up the power and tightens the steering, and it was the perfect choice for the high-altitude hairpins that made up a long stretch of the test drive. It also affected the exhaust note, or so I thought. BMW pipes pre-recorded engine noise into the cabin, to give the impression of a louder motor. I didn’t notice until filming the car zipping past, in near silence, at a corner where the i8 had previously sounded (from behind the wheel) like a much wilder ride.
A digital screen takes the place of traditional analogue gauges in the instrument cluster. It provides hybrid powertrain info with a variety of different readouts that vary depending on which drive mode is selected.
Large wheels and tires are great for grip, but much less so for aerodynamics. That’s why BMW added a pair of air intakes, located beneath the headlights, to create an “air curtain” around the front wheels. Look closely – or drop to the ground – and you’ll spot the ram air intakes for the mid-mounted, turbocharged 3-cylinder, located in the side sills, directly in front of each rear wheel.
Power comes from a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 231-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine located behind the seats and a 131-horsepower electric motor mounted on the front axle. The gas-burning engine sends power to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor spins the front wheels through a two-stage automatic gearbox.
The 231-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder is mounted behind the cockpit and, according to BMW, it’s basically half of the company’s current turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic, which also serves duty in the latest Mini Cooper, and an 11-horsepower belt-driven starter motor generator. This helps charge the lithium-ion batteries, which are located in the center of the car, where you’d normally find a transmission tunnel. The starter motor generator also provides a more seamless stop/start function, and works to minimize turbo lag.
Rated at a combined 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque, the plug-in hybrid drivetrain propels the i8 from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph. The i8 returns 94 mpg in mixed driving and boasts a total driving range of 310 miles in “everyday conditions.”
Beyond the pricing information and glimpses of the i8’s complex curves free at last of dazzling camouflage, however, specifications haven’t changed much since we reviewed an i8 prototype last month. The plug-in hybrid’s three-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline engine cranks out 231 hp and 236 lb ft of torque; add in an electric motor and the combined output jumps to 362 hp and 420 lb ft. A six-speed automatic is the only available gearbox.