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2014 BMW I8
2014 bmw i8
2014 BMW I8

2014 BMW I8

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$135,700 - $135,700
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Edmunds.com

2014 BMW i8 REVIEW

The 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a high-performance plug-in hybrid. Just consider these three key stats: zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a full battery pack recharge in as little as 1.5 hours and a top speed of 155 mph. If this is what the future looks like, please tell Marty McFly and Doc Brown to sign us up. For the i8, BMW uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The two power sources combine for 357 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque and excellent all-wheel-drive performance. Relying solely on electrons for propulsion, the i8 can travel up to 15 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph. The combined city/highway fuel economy running with the gas engine stands at a respectable 28 mpg, while total driving range is estimated at a generous 330 miles. Lightweight construction utilizing aluminum, chemically hardened glass (similar to that used in smartphones) and a 2+2 passenger cell integrated into a carbon-fiber chassis contributes toward the i8's lofty performance capabilities. Indeed, despite all the hardware packed into the i8, it is 10 pounds lighter and just 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. A 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, a low, centrally mounted battery pack and those dual powertrains essentially make the i8 an all-wheel-drive performance car. The BMW i8's unique scissor-lift-style doors guarantee you'll make a grand entrance (and exit), though they also mean that settling into the front seats requires some practice. But that's just the price paid for the i8's showcar styling, which is further emphasized with U-shaped LED headlights. Inside, the futuristic cockpit uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather. The minuscule rear seats, however, are best considered as an added cargo hold, especially since the trunk itself is so small. Perhaps the only real rival to the 2014 BMW i8 is the similarly high-performing (and all-electric) 2014 Tesla Model S, which has the significant advantages of a much lower price tag, four doors and usable rear seats. If you decide to go strictly gas-powered, you may look across the showroom at BMW's "M" family of performance machinery, while other sporting choices include the tempting 2014 Porsche 911 lineup as well as the value-packed 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. But for the hybrid buyer seeking sexy styling as well as sizzling performance and admirable efficiency, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Motor Trend

2014 BMW i8 First Test

Read about the 2014 BMW i8 in this Motor Trend first test review, with plenty of photos and road test impressions.
Motor Trend

2014 BMW i8 First Drive: It's a Masterpiece

The 2014 BMW i8 is a masterpiece. Find out why in this Motor Trend review, with unique photography of the i8.
Motor Trend

2014 BMW i8 Preproduction First Drive

The preproduction 2014 BMW i8 is nearly silent, a slight whine from the front-mounted electric drivetrain makes it into the cabin.
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