2017 BMW i8 Review


The BMW i8 represents a new way of thinking for the German company. Here is a high-performance, mid-engined supercar… that’s powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine, and which costs more than £100,000, thanks to the liberal use of carbon in its construction. What makes the i8 perform so well, and also what makes it so intriguing, is that it is a plug-in hybrid part-electric vehicle, capable of running in zero-emissions mode for extended periods. That also makes it somewhat unique in the automotive world, as there are not any true, direct rivals for this other-worldly BMW. The all-wheel-drive i8 comes as one model alone, offering buyers the choice of selecting from a few interior colour schemes, a handful of body paints, and a few optional extras.


Body Style: Coupe        Seats: 2+2            MRP from £104,660 


Did you know? While the production version came to market in 2014, the i8 can trace its roots back to the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car of 2009.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (9.5/10)

This is the future of performance car motoring. Sure, if you get hyper-picky, the BMW i8 isn’t flawless; it is hopelessly impractical thanks to one of its defining features, the butterfly doors, and for a car with a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine closely related to that in the MINI Cooper, its asking price might seem utterly exorbitant. And yes, the highly att...