2017 BMW i8

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2017 BMW i8
2017 BMW i8

Key specs

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The good:

  • Supercar looks
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Efficiency versus exotic competitors
  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality
  • Multiple cameras and sonar

The bad:

  • Light but feels heavy
  • Difficult entry/exit
  • Doors complicate access
  • Tiny backseat
  • Requires premium gas
  • Modest EV range and gas mpg versus cheaper plug-ins

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Notable features

  • Plug-in hybrid sports car with 15 miles of all-electric range
  • Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body, aluminum chassis
  • Electric front-drive, gas rear-drive
  • Swing-wing doors
  • Recharges in 1.5 hours on Level 2 service
  • Laser high-beam headlights available

2017 BMW i8 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that’s designed for both performance and efficiency. It features an electric drivetrain that provides up to 15 miles of all-electric range as well as a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that works with the electric motor to accelerate the i8 from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel drive is standard and the gas engine powers the rear wheels while the electric motor drives the front wheels. Total system output is 357 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

Like the BMW i3 city car, the i8 features a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body atop an aluminum chassis for the drivetrain. The car’s 2+2 arrangement provides seating for four, but the rear seats are designed for small children.
New for 2017
The i8 is available in a Protonic Red Edition that includes red paint with gray metallic accents, black and gray wheels, sport seats with red highlights, and black and red interior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 129-hp electric motor drives the front wheels
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • 228-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine drives the rear wheels
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension system
  • Swing-wing doors
  • LED headlights
  • 20-inch light-alloy wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Surround view camera system
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Laser high-beam headlights
  • Perforated leather upholstery

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Nice bmw car for sale 100% guarantees

It a nice car texted and used for sometime it has all good and set interior with alloy wheel it a nice car I guarantee you 100% for it and also 2years warrantee


It is the best car I ever seen .

This car is wonderful because of its stylish look and it is too comfortable and I will recommend my friends buy this car only because it has nice looks and it's speed is amazing when my son will become elder I will purchase this car for him .He also likes this car too much sometimes when he will feel boring then he will go and sit in the car for hours and he will play there OK I have told much about this car so good bye...


Good performance on the exterior and interior.

Very hard to get in but you'll get used to it. It also a great BMW. The stick moves when you switch sports etc.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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