2016 BMW i8

2016 BMW i8
2016 BMW i8

2016 BMW i8


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  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The i8 is the perfect blend of BMW's never-ending quest to build the "Ultimate Driving Machine" and its full embrace of the technologies of tomorrow. A gas-electric hybrid with few peers, the i8 offers world-beating performance and top-level luxury in an exotic package that sips fuel and promises to stand out from the crowd for a long time.

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What's New For 2016

The BMW i8 is essentially unchanged for 2016, save for optional laser headlights, which are more efficient than LEDs and have a range of about 2000 feet. The laser headlights are a stand-alone option costing over $6000.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 BMW i8

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
    • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • Forward Collision and Rear Collision
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
    • Front Camera
    • Left Side Camera
    • Right Side Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • 360w Regular Amplifier
    • 11 Speakers
    • Enhanced USB & Bluetooth w/Smartphone Integration
    • harman/kardon Premium Sound System
    • Satellite Radio w/1 Year Subscription
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, External Memory Control and 20 Gb Internal Memory
    • Radio: Multicast FM Stereo w/HD
  • Exterior Features
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Composite/Aluminum Panels
    • Black Grille w/Metal-Look Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Colored Bodyside Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Colored Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Metallic Paint
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
    • Tires: P215/45 R20 Front & P245/40 R20 Rear Mixed
    • Wheels: 20" x 7.5 Front & 20" x 8.5 Rear -inc: BMW i light alloy W spoke, Style 470
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Seats
    • 6-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 6-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • Bucket Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • BMW Online Full Service Internet Access
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Residual Heat Recirculation
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Leather/Cloth Upholstery
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Rear Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Net
    • Folding Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Head-Up Display
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.5L DOHC Turbo 3-Cylinder
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Part-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 3.68 Axle Ratio
    • Hybrid Electric Motor
    • 4090# Gvwr 620# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 11.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
    • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/3.3 kW Onboard Charger and 2 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.4
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 4.7
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3
    • Displacement - 1.5 L/91
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 357 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 420
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 76.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 50.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.7
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 11.1
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 81
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.7
    • Second Head Room (in) - 32.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 28.2
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 49.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined (N/A) - 76
    • Battery Range (mi) - 15
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - BMW i8
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/45YR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40YR20
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.46
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.51
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.56
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.14
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.19
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.68
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3455
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 BMW i8 Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent Sophisto Gray Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent Sophisto Gray Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent
  • Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent
  • Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent
  • Sophisto Gray Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent
  • Sophisto Gray Metallic w/Frozen Gray Accent

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Crowds that gather around the BMW i8 are easily awed by the gullwing doors, but it’s the wizardry in the powertrain that should be dropping their jaws. The BMW i8 is a stunning supercar-looking coupe that gets some of its power from a cord. More comes out of the gas pump, with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine driving the rear wheels.

The i8 is unique. It’s been on a mission, for the three years it’s been around. BMW’s statement with the i8 is that energy efficiency and high performance can mix just fine.

The BMW i8 is three cars. Around town it’s an electric car, calm, quiet, smooth; on a road trip it’s a seamless hybrid; on country roads it’s a fast sports car.

The i8 can run on the electric motor at the front wheels up to 75 mph, the turbo engine at the rear wheels, or both at the same time for all-wheel drive. It easily alternates. Sport mode makes it real. BMW says 357 horsepower worth of real, with a zero-to-sixty time of 4.2 seconds.

Only the Porsche 918 Spyder, which costs eight times as much as the BMW i8, uses this type of hybrid powertrain, called through the road: The rear wheels are powered by the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine, making 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, up front, a 96-kilowatt (130 hp) electric motor drives 184 pound-feet of torque into the front wheels through a two-speed transmission. Its spin is supplied by a liquid-cooled 5-kw lithium-ion battery pack, mounted in the tunnel between the front passengers.

The body and chassis structure is ambitious like the powertrain, using a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell on a crash-absorbing aluminum chassis.

The electric range of the i8 is rated at 15 miles by the Environmental Protection Agency. BMW says the Max E-Mode setting can give up to 22 miles. Either way, it’s not much. Not like the BMW i3’s range of 72 all-electric miles. But of course the i3 is a little hatchback. People see you in the i8 and think you’re a celebrity, they see you in the i3 and think you’re a geek. You want speed and sex appeal, you pay for it in efficiency.

The EPA rates the i8’s total combined range at 330 miles, using a full tank of gas for the hot little turbocharged motor and all the juice in the batteries. In all-electric mode, the EPA rates the i8 at 76 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent. It’s the distance a car can travel on the energy in a gallon of gas. By comparison, the i3 hatchback gets 124 MPGe.

With a bit of science and arithmetic, it comes down to this: When you run on both the gas engine and battery-powered motor in the i8, you’ll get about 28 miles per gallon. Not great for a hybrid, but pretty good for a sports car.

For 2016, BMW brings out the world’s first laser headlights, not standard but available. The standard headlamps are LED, suddenly no longer state of the art. The laser lamps are amazing.

Compared against the Audi R8 or Porsche 911, the BMW i8 hybrid cannot run anywhere near them, at least not after about 5 seconds. But it gets better fuel economy and generates lower emissions.


BMW i8 ($140,700) comes as one model. (Price is MSRP and does not include $995 destination charge.)


The i8 starts out as a low wedgy fastback with a short nose, but then you open the doors and it turns into a raptor. The wing doors swing up and stand suspended, as if the i8 is poised to swoop from the sky and snatch a rat for lunch.

The lines are horizontal, and the wrap is tight around aero-driven 20-inch wheels. From the rear wheelwells back, a slab rises to a tall aerodynamic tail. The i8’s coefficient of drag is 0.26, not quite as low as that of the Tesla Model S. Aero is critical with an electric car, because above 30 mph, it takes more energy to overcome drag than it does to roll the car.

The nose features a blacked-out BMW twin-kidney grille, with eye-catching, sharply contrasting, good-looking bright blue (Frozen Blue) trim. The door sills and other bits are gloss black, a feature lost on a black i8, thus changing the lines. The waistline is an actual groove that runs all the way to the rear fenders. Small fins run from the roof rail to the far edge of the deck lid, which curls over them like a tube wave over a surfer. It’s the i8’s signature.


Surprisingly, the i8 sports car’s interior is more predictable and less avant-garde than that of the i3 hatchback. Inside, the i8 is more like a traditional BMW. The leather seats in our i8 mixed black and ivory, while matte-silver trim highlighted the character lines of the dash. Soft-touch plastics on the dashboard and other places provide a premium feel. But it’s not all plastic. There’s also reclaimed wood veneer and recycled fiber fabric.

The front seats are low, with a floating instrument pod in front of the driver, and a tall tunnel for the battery pack between the front seats. The seats feel comfortable enough, but we didn’t get to take a road trip in the i8, and that’s the test, especially in a car like this.

Those cool blue lines on the outside extend to the inside, and come out in blue LED ambient lighting that looks especially good with the optional bright blue seat belts.

Driving Impressions

Let’s start slowly, in the Max e-Mode setting while using the battery. It’ll go 75 mph using all-electric front-wheel drive. The regenerative braking is quite strong ion this mode: It slows the car down so much, you almost don’t have to use the brake pedal.

Now we’ve gone 15 miles (a lot less if we went 75 mph), and we’re done, dry, no more battery juice. Our car shifts itself into the default Comfort mode, and fires up the 1.5-liter turbo motor. We stir up some battery juice with revs, so we switch into Sport. The motor and engine are separately powering the front and rear wheels. We floor it, and that word BOOST appears on the dash and triggers a grin. Zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds, indeed.

Sport mode radically changes the car’s attitude. The instruments glow red, a digital tachometer replaces the power meter, and all the performance software gets aggressive. At 75 mph, the two-speed transmission driving the electric motor shifts into high gear, providing torque up to 135 mph.

Programming these systems can’t be easy, managing and balancing the input from all the sensors. With all that shifting of power and dynamics, virtually perpetual, it seems amazing when the handling comes out neutral, as it does in the i8.

We drove the i8 aggressively on some twisting canyon roads above Los Angeles. Granted, a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or McLaren would leave the i8 in the dust. Still, the i8 fared well. The electric power steering is precise, providing decent (simulated) feedback in the steering wheel. In Sport mode, the ride remained compliant, twitching a bit only in rough pavement on hard corners.


The i8 sports car works, so BMW has accomplished its mission. If this is what you want, there are no other options.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, Green Car Reports. Words by Sam Moses.

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