With an exceptional performance for a hybrid, a futuristic design, and exceptional fuel economy for a sports car, the new 2017 BMW i8 redefines what a hybrid can be. Its release date, according to multiple sources privy of i8 developments, should be expected sometime during the latter half of 2017.
For starters, the 2017 BMW i8 is a sporty plug-in hybrid with the sleek shape of a supercar. BMW for sure knows a thing or two about building cars that combine good looks with performance. Stunning eco-friendly technology has been infused with the plug-in hybrid 2017 BMW i8. It boasts of a total range of about 330 miles on combined gasoline and electric power and also achieves 15 miles of electric-only range.
According to BMW, the exotic requires a time of just 4.5 seconds should get you past 60 mph. And with its unique scissor-lift doors, and low, sleek body styling, the new model certainly guarantees great entrances and departures wherever you go. Interior wise though, the i8 offers tiny backseats that could be best suited for additional cargo space, as the trunk volume also suffers from lack of adequate space.
The disappointment in space is however compensated by the sheer number of upscale technologies and top-notch materials used in its cabin. The overall interior vibe is ultra-modern with treated leather being the most used theme. The high-tech gadgets and dynamic contours further highlight its premium ambiance.
There is no shortage of rivals here, with the 2017 Tesla Model S probably being the closest with green credentials. Other performance cars in the segment with the same credentials include the 2017 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid, and the sizzling, two-door 2017 BMW i8 that is also poised to make headlines with its admirable headlines.
Offered Trims – BMW i8
With its 2+2 seating, the new 2017 BMW i8 is offered in a single trim level.
Exterior Review & 2017 BMW i8 Interior Changes
Standard accessories and features available for the new 2017 BMW i8 include an auto-dimming mirror, an adjustable suspension system, 20” wheels, a leather upholstery, driver memory settings, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, rear and front parking sensors, automatic headlights, LED outside lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heads-up display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic wipers and headlights, a stylish key fob (probably the best in the business), a top-view camera, and a six-way heated front powered seats.
Other standard electronics available for the i8 include satellite and HD radio Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a navigation system, Android remote control, BMW Assist and Online, BMW’s iDrive electronics interface, smartphone app integration, an 8” touchscreen interface, a navigation system, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.
Two optional trim packages are available: Tera World and Giga World. The former comes bundling a unique leather and cloth upholstery and some special interior trim. The latter offers turbine-style wheels, perforated and extended leather upholstery, and upgraded LED headlights.
New features should also be expected as its release date edges closer.
2017 BMW i8 Engine Specs
Although the new 2017 BMW i8 falls short of supercar performance, it is still a very quick car. Under its hood is a three-cylinder 1.5L turbocharged engine mated to an electric motor and a 7.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The electric motor powers the front wheel wheels through an integrated two-speed automatic while the gas engine drives the rear wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. When working in synergy, the two can be able to crank out 357 hp and 420 lbs. ft. of torque.
As already mentioned above, only a time of 4.5 seconds is required to get past 60 mph. although satisfactory, this figure is overshadowed by a number of non-hybrid sports cars in the segment.
In about 3.5 hours while using the 120V garage outlet, you should expect the battery pack to be fully recharged. Opt for the 240V charger and you can achieve the same in about one and a half hours.
EPA says we should expect 15 miles of electric-only range and 28 mpg/combined (city/highway) with the gasoline engine in play.
When working as a combo, you can expect an eye-popping 330 miles of total driving range.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.2 in. (110.2 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 4.9 in. (184.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.5 in. (76.5 in.)
Passenger volume: F: 55 cu ft, R: 26 cu ft
Cargo volume: 5 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3455 lbs.
Top Speed: 155/75 mph
0-60: 4.5 sec
MPG: 28/29 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Sophisto Grey Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Sophisto Grey Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Release Date & 2017 BMW i8 Price
While it will also be available on lease terms, the 2017 BMW i8 price is expected to cost an arm and a leg and is rumored to be within the neighborhood of $140,700. Its release date, on the other hand, is speculated to be sometime during the latter half of 2017.