The days that the notion that cars that are good for the environment are simply boring are over. Today, if you are concerned about the environment, you have a somewhat wide variety of exciting electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids to choose from. Cars like the Model S and BMW i8, are not the automotive version of eating your veggies, this cars come with a punch. The BMW i8 is a hybrid sports car that manages 30 mpg while producing superior performance. The way regulations are going it seems that soon the only cars that will be allowed on the road will be EVs and at the very least hybrids.
The BMW M1 was produced back in 1978, where it flopped and was scrapped. Later in the 1990s as the retro craze was rampant BMW decided to build a mid-engine concept based on the M1. This car was known as the M1 Hommage. The Hommage then set the way for the BMW Visions Efficient Dynamics concept that was unveiled in 2009. This concept bears the blueprint for the i8.
After this the i8 had three more concepts:
- BMW i8 Concept (2011)
- BMW i8 Concept Spyder (2012)
- BMW i8 coupe prototype (2013)
These concepts gave way to the actual i8 production version which was designed by Jacob Benoit. This version was released in the 2013 Germany International Motor Show.
There is only one variant currently however you wouldn’t be wrong to expect new trims to be added.
A turbo charged three cylinder engine combines with an electric motor to churn out 357 hp with 420 lb-ft of torque. With this power the engine is able to go 0-60 mph in a paltry 4.2 seconds.
Artificial engine noise has never sounded so good, couple that with a plush interior and you’ve got a 5-star hotel on four wheels. Your windshield becomes a screen with Head Up Display, while there are two accompanying screens to give you all the measuring instruments and infotainment access.
The suicide doors which are brilliantly designed cause a spectacle when they open making the i8 look like a bird. I really admire the silver white paint job. The grille is quite miniature and looks like it’s an extension of the LED headlights. All in all the car looks really extraordinary.
Hybrids today help us to be more efficient without sacrificing performance. For the i8 all you have to do is to switch on the electric motor when you are in traffic and combine it with the three cylinder when you are back on the highway. The thing that really has me raving about the i8 is that it isn’t just competing with hybrids and EVs, but it’s there going head to head with cars like the Porsche 911. You have to think that this is impressive, as a couple of years Eco cars like the Nissan Leaf couldn’t attract thrill-seeking drivers. Finally, this is one of the most beautiful cars in the world with a lavish interior befitting a hotel.
To own an i8 you’ll have to start budgeting from $ 140,700.
What do you think about the BMW i8 vs. the Tesla Roadster, which car is more ethereal? Have your say, leave a comment.
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