The i8 is a plug-in hybrid supercar developed by BMW as part of BMW's "Project I" and manufactured under a new model range; BMW i. The BMW i8 is BMW's first road-going mid-engined car since the BMW M1.
Whether you have been looking forward to the BMW i8 for its hybrid efficiency or its stout performance, both are here at your fingertips. The innovative i8 brings an electrically-powered front-drive system together with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine powering the rear wheels. The two systems merge seamlessly for a driving experience like none other. The i8’s full carbon fiber body helps keep its weight down and makes for a rigid structure that contributes to its nimble handling. Too often, car manufacturers come out with a cool concept then take out much of the “cool” before production. The i8 is the exception and is exceptional.
The BMW i8's powerplant includes a 1.5L (1,499 cc) turbocharged inline-3 engine under the codename B38A15T0 along with a hybrid electric synchronous motor. The i3 engine alone produces 228 hp (231 PS; 170 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 236 ft·lb (320 Nm) of torque at 3,700 rpm, while the electric motor produces 129 hp (131 PS; 96 kW) and 184 ft·lb (249 Nm); combined, the power output is 357 hp (362 PS; 266 kW) and the torque 420 ft·lb (569 Nm). The i8 uses a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and can run for 23 mi (37 km) under the New European Driving Cycle and 15 mi (24 km) under the EPA. The transmission used is an Aisin F21-360 FT EOP six-speed automatic.
The BMW i8 can do 0-60 mph within 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The BMW i8 is noticeably faster than in real life, capable of doing 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 202 mph (326 km/h), which is considerably faster than the car's real life electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It launches better than most other cars in its class thanks to its hybrid system paired with its all-wheel-drive drivetrain. The handling and braking, on the other hand, leave much to be desired and are especially inferior to the BMW M4 Coupe; the i8 corners at 0.94 Gs on average and takes almost 350 ft (107 m) to brake to a stop from 100 mph (161 km/h). The BMW i8 can be thought of as a modern-day BMW M1.