BMW i8

Know More About the Revolutionary New Plug-in Hybrid – The 2016 BMW i8

What all do you ask from your luxury car? It should look great, have nice speed & acceleration, should be safe, have great features, must be comfortable, should be economical, etc. Well, you get it all in the revolutionary new plug-in hybrid vehicle from BMW – the 2016 BMW i8. The supercar stance and swan-wing doors will make you stand apart from the crowd, straightaway. Your life would be of far more interest and attraction when you own a BMW i8. Give us the pleasure to let you know more about the 2016 model of BMW i8. Come, let’s get into something different.

BMW i8


The 2016 BMW i8 is an eye-candy that can’t be ignored anytime, anywhere. It is made to attract eyes, turn necks, and drop jaws. The accolades drop in automatically to this 2-door all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid from Bavarian Motor Works. The swan-wing doors combined with shark-nose grille and supercar stance, the i8 scores great in the department of appearance. Two electric motors combined with a turbocharged 3-cylinder gas engine help the i8 churn out 357 hp. In short, it is an awesome car.

Come; let’s check out other features in the 2016 BMW i8.

Interior, Exterior, Features

The interior is as beautiful as the exterior, giving feel of a luxury hotel. The car can accommodate four people and weighs 3,455 lbs. The i8 has a wheelbase of 110.2 inches, length of 184.9 inches, width of 76.5 inches, and height of just over 50 inches.

Some of the external features, but not all, included in the car are power heated auto-dimming side mirrors, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, fully automatic projector beam LED low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling headlamps with delay-off, perimeter lights, and LED brakelights.

Similarly, some of the internal features are heated front seats, 6-way power driver seat including power recline, height adjustment, fore/aft movement and manual rear seat easy entry; 6-way power passenger seat including power recline, height adjustment, fore/aft movement and manual rear seat easy entry.

You also get a BMW Online Full Service Internet Access with proximity key for doors and push button start, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch and panic button, remote releases for trunk, garage door transmitter, and cruise control with steering wheel controls.

Furthermore, the i8 features dual-zone front automatic air conditioning with HVAC including underseat ducts and residual heat recirculation, illuminated locking glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, front map lights, fade-to-off interior lighting, and cargo space lights. There are also memory settings for driver seat and door mirrors. Additionally, there are FOB controls for trunk and windows, an integrated navigation system with voice activation, tracker system, smart device integration, perimeter alarm, engine immobilizer, and two 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment, Infotainment

Being a hybrid vehicle, the i8 gets gauges for speedometer, odometer, tachometer, traction battery level, power/regen, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, head-up display, outside temperature, and a redundant digital speedometer with analog display.

As far as entertainment features are concerned, there are ample. Some, but not all, are a radio with multicast FM Stereo with HD. The radio comes with seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 player, clock, speed-compensated volume control, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-mounted controls, voice activation, radio data system, external memory control, and 20 GB internal memory. Additionally, you get a satellite radio with 1-year subscription, Harman/kardon premium sound system, enhanced USB & Bluetooth with smartphone integration, 11 speakers, 360w regular amplifier, automatic equalizer, audio theft deterrent, digital signal processor, and 2 LCD monitors with real-time traffic display. That’s quite a lot, we guess. What do you say?

Engine and Performance

The i8 being a plug-in hybrid gets two electric motors and a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine churning out 357 bhp at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 420 lb-ft, when combined together. This 2-door all-wheel-drive car gets a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode as standard.

The i8 is really fast! So fast that it can reach from 0 mph to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds! It has a top speed of 155 mph. It has a fuel tank capacity of 11.1 gallons and estimated combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, which is quite good.

Safety Features

Standard safety features (not all) included in the BMW i8 are regenerative 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill hold control, electric parking brake, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors, fully automatic projector beam LED low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling headlamps with delay-off, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and ABS & Driveline Traction Control.

For additional protection, you get side impact beams, dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., front and rear parking sensors, forward collision and rear collision, tire-specific low tire pressure warning, dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and driver and passenger knee airbag.

Additionally, you get a back-up camera, front camera, left side camera, and a right side camera.

Price and Availability

The 2016 BMW i8 is priced at $141,695.

Please call your nearest BMW Dealership to confirm the availability of i8.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW i8 is a great-looking vehicle that performs equally well. Its punchy powertrain and flashy styling make it a car everybody wishes to own. In short, it can be said that if Los Angeles were a car, it would be a BMW i8. If you do not have any budget issues, go for it. Though priced very high, it is still worth the money, for all the eyes and social appreciation it will bring you anytime, anywhere. The 2016 BMW i8 is awesome and highly recommended.

However, if you feel to look into some alternatives, you can always check out the Cadillac ELR, which is priced less than half when compared to i8, but it lacks that dazzle and style. Another option in the segment of luxury hybrid and electric vehicles is the Tesla Model S, but it is again not as great looking as the i8. Actually, the i8 is made to attract, and it does it very well.

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