Quick Look: 2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8 electric car scissor doors open black

Written by: Calvin Chan

Photography by: Calvin Chan

 



When we picked up our 2015 BMW M3 Sedan at BMW Canada Headquarters in Richmond Hill, we couldn't help but notice a beautiful BMW i8 sitting in the executive parking lot, charging its batteries. With the help of the BMW detailer, we got a closer look at the exterior and interior of the first i8 brought to Ontario.

 

2015 BMW i8 front view scissor doors gullwing open2015 BMW i8 rear trunk open storage cargo

 

With a starting price of $145,000, the i8 racks up against the likes of the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. Unlike a Tesla, this all-wheel drive i8 isn't a fully electric vehicle, rather its a plug-in hybrid that uses a TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to power the rear-axle and an electric motor that feeds the front axle, delivering a total output of 420 lb-ft of torque.

 

2015 BMW i8 beige black interior carbon fibre

 

Fun facts about the i8:

  • Electric engine produces 131 hp to the front axle with a two-speed automatic gearbox
  • Gasoline engine produces 231 hp to the rear axle with a six-speed automatic gearbox
  • Essentially, the i8 is all-wheel drive thanks to these two driving mechanisms, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h
  • Range in EV mode is a miniscule 24km, which doesn't come close to the i3 or the Tesla's electric range, which are both north of 100 km. BMW states that it has a combined fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100km - not bad.
  • The i8 makes use of aluminum and carbon fibre reinforced plastic, making it very lightweight to balance out the extra weight of the batteries - weighs just under 1500kg.
  • Those scissor doors are huge. Good luck squeezing into the cabin when that nasty driver parks only a few inches away from you.
  • A nifty option - the i8 uses "laser light technology" for the front headlights - yes, lasers.
  • The interior is plain old vanilla BMW - nothing exciting here, but it looks good at night when all the interior lights begin to glow.
  • The car key is the same as the BMW i3s - flat, lightweight, and made from recyclable materials
  • Louis Vuitton designed and produced a series of carbon-fibre luggage pieces to fit right into the i8's cargo space.
  • Costs a hefty starting price of $145,000, but don't forget about those government rebate incentives (not like they make much of a difference once you're north of $100k).