The BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road. The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.
The BMW i8, THE MOST PROGRESSIVE SPORTS CAR
Progressive driving pleasure.
Progress in motion: a vehicle that fascinates. With innovative LifeDrive architecture, ground-breaking materials such as carbon, layering design and numerous intelligent BMW EfficientDynamics measures. Discover the BMW i8 in action.
Every great pioneering achievement has its own story. In the case of the BMW i8, it begins in 2008 with the launch of Project i – and with no lesser objective than the reinvention of urban mobility. Just one year later, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept showed what a technology leader geared fully toward energy saving can look like. This was the basis that gave rise to the BMW Concept i8, which demonstrated in near-production-ready form where the development would lead. All available BMW EfficientDynamics technologies were already united within this vehicle, an intelligent lightweight concept had been implemented, and the idea of a sports car for the future was already detectable. Series production of the BMW i8 marks the current peak of the development: a plug-in hybrid with the appearance and the breathtaking performance of a sports car, which at the same time exhibits the consumption and emissions of a compact car. And thus convincingly resolves the apparent contradiction between efficiency and dynamics.
The BMW i8 film.
Experience a sports car that changes a lot.
EFFICIENCY & DYNAMICS.
The BMW i8 unites the best of both worlds – and offers sporty driving performances with low consumption and emission figures.
Through its overall concept, the BMW i8 embodies the accomplished vision of a modern and sustainable sports car. The highly emotive design instantly shows which qualities the BMW i8 has to offer. Yet is doesn’t rely entirely on its sports car character. Its aesthetics also pursue functional aims: more aerodynamics for maximum efficiency.
The BMW i8 offers far more than pure athleticism. With its unique drive concept, it essentially reinvents the idea of sporting mobility. This is because the powerful plug-in hybrid system with the combination of BMW eDrive technology and a BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine brings together the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine to produce an outstanding driving experience.
BMW i8 Price.
BMW plans to sell the i8 in about 50 countries, with the U.S. expected to be the largest sales market. In Europe, the UK, Germany and France are expected to be the top markets. On November 14, 2013, BMW announced they are taking orders for the i8 in Japan. Pricing starts at ¥19,170,000 (US$191,500) which includes the 8% consumption tax. In June 2014, BMW announced taking orders for the i8 in the Middle East ( GCC Countries ) pricing at USD 210,000.
A total of 60 units were delivered in Europe in June 2014, its first month in the market. IHS Automotive predicts that just over 1,700 BMW i8s will be sold in Europe in 2015.
The i8 was released in Germany in June 2014, with pricing starting at €126,000 (~US$169,000). As of July 2014, registrations in the German market totaled 109 units.
Deliveries started in the UK in July 2014, with pricing starting at GB£99,845.The BMW i8 is eligible for the government’s GB£5,000 Plug-in Car Grant. Two weeks after deliveries began, the i8 was sold out in the UK, and, as of August 2014, there is a 10-month waiting list. The BMW i8 is expected to qualify for exemption from the London congestion charge, which is one of the factors driving its demand.
Pricing for the BMW i8 destined for the U.S. market starts at US$135,925 (€103,000 or GB£86,800) including destination and handling fees and before any applicable government incentives. First deliveries to retail customers in the U.S. took place at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 15. In order to commemorate the i8’s American launch, a 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition was auctioned during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions. This special edition car features BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint, a Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, trim accents in BMW i Blue, and other unique features. The car was sold for US$825,000 (€616,000 or GB£495,000) on August 16, 2014, six times the retail price of the i8. The proceedings go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation.