To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp … CONTINUED
Photos and VLOG from a new BMW i8 (and Lamborghini Huracan in same week) owner!
EVO takes the BMW i8 out against the R8 and 911.
Can the i8 possibly keep up against these sports car icons? Read on…
Jalopnik scores the BMW i8 a 92/100 in their latest review. Their score composite:
Their wrap-up: On performance and price, the i8 technically competes with cars like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, Corvette, and others of that ilk. But in the real world, this is like flying an F22 Raptor in 1945. Compared to everything else in its class, the i8 feels like … CONTINUED
Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the new 2015 BMW i8 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car. The i8 placed 8th in this year’s competition.
The BMW i8 represents a significant shift in the way people view hybrid sports cars. EVO’s Henry Catchpole takes a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars, and ponders what the future holds for the performance car.
Great test drive impressions of the BMW i8 from a Ferrari and Lotus owner.
I first saw the BMW i8 at the Canary Wharf Motor Expo a few weeks ago. I don’t pay attention to BMWs, so had missed all news of this car, and assumed it to be a concept car when I saw it. It was stunning to look at, and was the one drawing the crowds. I was stunned when the BMW staff told me it was a street car, … CONTINUED
Jeremy Clarkson reviews the BMW i8 hybrid electric sports coupe.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 Stars and “Green as a Prius, desirable as a Ferrari.”
BMW’s has created the first mass produced plugin hybrid sportscar, the i8. XCAR take to the road to see if our preconceptions of hybrid cars can be changed forever.
Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar reviews the BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car.
The BMW i8 is put to the test against the venerable 911 in this track test review by Auto Bild.
The test takes place at the Oschersleben track. Auto Bild regularly tests on the 3.7 km long circuit.
Car Throttle reviews the BMW i8, calling it a sexy, superhuman hybrid & Porsche 911 eater.
Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team. Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries. This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.
Reviews of the production BMW i8 are now rolling in… check out the verdicts inside.
April 24 (Bloomberg) — The ultra high-end electric and hybrid car space is suddenly getting a bit more crowded in China. Tesla had the first deliveries of the Model S to Chinese customers this week, while BMW will roll out its hybrid i8 super sports car for the China market by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle got behind the wheel of BMW’s new offering in Beijing. (Source: Bloomberg)
CAR has posted its effusive full BMW i8 test drive review, which resulted in a full 5-star rating for overall rating, handling, performance usability and “feelgood factory.”
Here are some of the most telling excerpts from the review:
Play it right, and Eco Pro can extend the range over the regular Comfort mode, from 310 to 370 miles. Flick the gear selector left, to engage Sport mode. The dials switch to a bright red glow, any throttle resistance is replaced by eagerness. The six-speed automatic – … CONTINUED