2014 BMW i8 – Review

BMW’s transformations from the sedans of the 1960s to big luxury cars of 1980s and the amazing sporty crossovers of the 2000s have proved that it is open to change on new ideas. The popular automobile manufacturer is making rapid changes once again through Project I, which has been a long-awaited sub-brand of BMW for electric cars. The 2014 BMW i8 is an upscale, high-performance car that will be launched in the spring of next year and has already gained the attention of car-lovers across the world.

2014 BMW i8

Speed

From zero to 62 miles per hour, i8 accelerates in merely 4.4 second, which is amazing. As per the claims of BMW, i8 will reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour, which is exceptional. The i8 can get to a speed of 75 miles per hour and travel 22 miles on electrons alone.

Engine

A turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder is used with a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. The rear wheels are driven by the three-cylinder through a six-speed automatic transmission. With a two-speed automatic transmission, the electric motor powers the front wheels. 362 horsepower, all-wheel drive performance and 420 pound-feet of torque are achieved through a combination of engine and the electric motor. As compared to the 2014 BMW i3, the chassis of i8 is 1.5 inches longer and 10 pounds lighter.

Performance

Thanks to excellent weight distribution and centrally mounted low battery pack, the i8 offers extra-ordinary handling and an out of the world driving experience. However, there are question marks about the choice of 20-inch wheels.

Battery

From a regular garage outlet, users will be able to get a full-charge in just three hours.

Exterior

This model offers an outstanding exterior, with a classic sporty appearance and looks different to other electric cars in the market. The organic design allows the car to slip through the air with the carbon fiber structure which looks quite formidable. The car surely gets 10 out of 10 when it comes to style. The U-shaped LED headlights have enhanced its low-slung profile. The US customers have the option to order the car with laser headlights.

Interior

The 2014 BMW i8 possesses an extremely well-designed and exotic interior, with all the latest features of a modern-day car. The front seats offer reasonable space and are more comfortable as compared to BMW’s traditional thickly bolstered chair. However, the back seats look tiny right now and the manufacturer has indirectly admitted that they will offer custom luggage for the model’s rear compartment. Naturally treated leather and recycled materials are used by layered and multi-tiered cockpit design for panel surfaces and upholstery. The 2014 BMW i8 will offer three trim levels – Mega, Giga and Tera, just like the smaller model, i3. All the three trim levels possess different levels of luxury and sport appointments.

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Pros

  • Extremely well-designed, stylish and elegant
  • A more powerful engine than most other electric cars
  • Very economical
  • Smooth drive and brilliant acceleration
  • Light-weight construction
  • Quick battery charge
  • Great speed

Cons

  • Back seats are small
  • Extremely high price
  • The 20-inch wheel may hamper performance

Verdict

The initial price of the 2014 BMW i8 will be around $136,000, which is a lot more than its biggest competitors, Tesla Model S. This is exceptionally high price and one can buy a number of other luxury cars in this price range. It remains to be seen if the car lives up to its potential after launch or not. However, one thing is for certain that potential customers who are looking for efficiency and performance at the same time, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a very good choice.

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