2015 BMW i8 | new car review
It quite simply is the future of the automotive industry.
Much too expensive for most of us to even think about.
Comprising of BMW’s LifeDrive architecture, the 2+2 seater hybrid sports car showcases superior aerodynamics and is sculpted out of environmentally friendly materials. While the upper module consists mainly of a high-strength and lightweight passenger cell made out of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic, the lower drive module is composed of 100% aluminium and houses the battery, electric motor and suspension system. As far as looks go, there isn’t anything quite as space-age as the 2015 BMW i8 out there… yet.
Inside, the layering principle creates a novel relationship between functionality and clear form. The centre console is aligned towards the driver and all the instruments, in addition to two large displays are in easy reach. A low seating position, combined with lightweight seats prove that the i8 really is, in a league of its own.
Sports cars are about more than just power; weight is a considerable factor too. The guys at BMW know this much too well and that’s why opted for Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic when constructing the i8. In utilizing the material, the brand also receives recognition for being the first ever to make use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic on a mass produced vehicle.
What’s on offer?
The electric drive, a powerful 131 horsepower motor, is located on the front axle. In contrast, the rear axle is driven by a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with 231 horsepower of peak performance and up to 320 Nm of torque; combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system, it guarantees driving pleasure. These two drive systems combine to accelerate the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds – with fuel consumption of just 2.1 litres per 100 km!
So how much does it all cost? Well, factoring its appearance in a Hollywood movie, remarkable performance and futuristic cabin, not a lot really. Sure, AED 750,000 is definitely not up average Joe’s alley, but it sure seems like a justified price for a vehicle that paves the way for others to follow.
|Specifications||2015 BMW i8|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.5 litre Twin turbo 3 cylinder|
|Max Power |
|362 hp @ 5,800 RPM|
|570 Nm @ 3,700 RPM|
|Tranmission||Six speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||4.4 secs|
|Top speed||250 km/h|