The BMW i8… looks like it's from the future but it just ended production in 2020. The production years were 2014-2020 for the Hybrid BMW and a total
of 20,465 units were produced in 6 years in Leipzig, Germany.
The i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car and was unveiled in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It features a turbocharged 1.5L 3-cylinder powering the rear wheels,
and an electric motor powering the front wheels for a total output of 369 horsepower. The electric only range is 29 km (battery-only) which is not bad for city driving.
On average, people in Canada drive less than 50 kms on a daily basis, so 29 of those would be gas free with the BMW i8! 0-100 km/h happens in just 4.0 seconds which is not
as quick for its looks but still very powerful. One of the quirkiest features is the butterfly doors; it is a show stopper!
According to reviews, some pros include the stunning design, how comfortable it is for daily use and how light it feels. Some cons include how the rivals are more fun
to drive, bad visibility, and how it is not practical. Like every car, the i8 has competitors, some of these include: Porsche 911, C8 Corvette, Lexus LC, Audi R8,
Acura NSX, etc.
In summary, the BMW i8 is a great all around car. It’s definitely not as quick nor fast as some of its competitors and doesn’t feature a big V8 or even V10. It might look like a supercar but its performance data doesn’t suggest that. It’s a great futuristic GT sports car.