The BMW i8 merges the practicality and efficiency of hybrid motoring, with race-inspired elements of design and performance. As such, it claims a place as one of the most forward-thinking sports cars on the road.
From the very first look, the i8 is simply captivating. It sports a 'Black Belt' which curves from the nose over the roof to the smooth and flat tail. The line emphasises the streamlined shape and build of the car, with Electric Blue highlights at the rear, front air intakes and door sills. 'Turbine' 20-inch light alloy wheels and adaptive LED headlights complete the look.
Access is granted by the sweeping dihedral doors, which swoop dramatically upwards when opened and mould seamlessly into the body shape when closed. Enter the cabin to find and enjoy the iDrive Touch Controller, Head-Up Display and multifunction steering wheel fitted as standard. These technologies are set into a premium, high quality layout which incorporates smooth metallic and fabric finishes.
The combination of petrol and electric power enables the i8 to deliver gripping torque from the instant the car starts. The 1.5-litre TwinPower Turbo engine creates 231bhp and up to 320Nm, and it partners a 131bhp-equivalent electric motor. Fuel economy reaches as much as 134.5mpg – almost unheard of for a sports car – with CO2 emissions slashed to only 49g/km.
Another vital aspect of the i8 that you can always rely on is its comprehensive level of safety. Inside and out, it protects cabin occupants and can anticipate and mitigate potential road incidents. A crash sensor automatically activates the central locking and prepares the surrounding airbags for the likelihood of an impact. In addition, front and rear deformation zones have been built into the body.
To experience the BMW i8 for yourself, please make a test drive appointment with either of our Snows BMW dealership teams. You can find us on the Isle of Wight and in Portsmouth.
When attending our dealership to test drive a vehicle please remember to bring along your driving licence and national insurance number.