The 2015 BMW i8 is the second model in the Bavarian automaker's eco-friendly i-brand lineup. The i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with a 96 kilowatt electric motor to make 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Together, this gas-electric mechanical duo is capable of propelling the futuristic sports coupe from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.

Join Host Jonathon Buckley as he heads to Santa Monica, CA for a chance to drive the all-new BMW i8.

TRANSLOGIC


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 24 Comments
      Hernan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Serious question: I'm probably missing something but why is it impressive that BMW came out with a $150k hybrid?
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      A Model S is bigger, faster, cheaper, and it's all electric. Tesla 1, BMW 0.
      Pedro
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm looking forward to drive it next week! This video only increased the feeling...
      Kimura
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think it looks really cool. The fake engine sounds, which aren't exactly new for BMW, are pretty sad though.
        danfred311
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Kimura
        It seems particularly foolish in a supposedly futuristic plugin car since that crowd is more knowledgeable than your typical vacuous BMW ICE buyer. They will value the elegance of smooth silence, not so much phony dumb nascar V8 rumbling. But the buyers will have to be some ignorant anyway since the drivetrain is so poorly chosen that it has to use the combustion engine to enjoy the acceleration which instantly ruins the future wow experience. There will be a fair amount of ignorant wealthy loyalists to buy it but in my opinion they completely missed a big opportunity with the i8. The i3 is a much better drivetrain balance. The i8 should also have been foremost electric, just more powerful. Then it would have been good. Then BMW could hold their head high when parked next to a Tesla. The good news is that they could actually salvage it even though they aren't going to. They could give it a better drivetrain option with 3.5second electric acceleration and they could cut the price in half. Then it's back in business.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      such a shame it uses gas and has an engine, should have been all electric
        paulwesterberg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        BMW doesn't have a network of fast charging stations(existing sae combo and chademo chargers are only 50kW) so they need to use gas to provide an extensive driving range.
        Ross
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Yeah, because I hate being able to drive more than 270 miles without a couple hours at a "fuel station."
        Chris
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        only when batteries are up to the task, the reason the S is so big is because batteries aren't truly up to the task
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Tesla already made a small car and now they made a big family car. LOL, the reason it is so big is because the batteries. Dummies just keep coming up with weird shiat. First, all EV's had to be small because the cost/energy wasn't good enough, now they make big cars because batteries aren't good enough. What a world, please go back to Faux News and stop straining your brain.
      prince_david
      • 5 Months Ago
      I like the car but I am not into that fake engine through the speakers.
        Michel Dupont
        • 5 Months Ago
        @prince_david
        there's no fake noise this three cylinder sounds just like a porsche flat six
        jardwilliows2
        • 5 Months Ago
        @prince_david
        it's quite a technique to fool consumers they drive a sporty car it works very well. kudos to bmw
          FordGo
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jardwilliows2
          Harley's doing the same thing with their electric motorcycle. I actually don't like the Harley sound. Hope you can turn it off in both.
        upx42
        • 5 Months Ago
        @prince_david
        I liked the explanation they gave, "it's an audible tachometer" :-) Hope there's a volume control...
      FREEPAT75014
      • 5 Months Ago
      22 Miles of all EV range = End of the story for me. Another PHEV with a far too small ridiculous battery. We need 100M range so I can do my average 50M local commutes with one charge every 2 x days, so a good 3000 x cycles battery can last for 20 years. Simple. This requires at least 30KWH battery like in the small AutoLib pure EVs in Paris. Why is BMW, and most other German car makers, fooling around with < 10KWH battery packs in their 1st out priced PHEVs is a mystery for me ! Is their development funded by Petrol vendors who know the day they put the desired ideal 30KWH, or even the minimum 15KWH required for all local commutes in pure electric with one charge per day making a good 3000 x cycles battery last for only 10 years, since local commutes are 80% of my yearly mileage I could save 80% of PETROL... = Death for Petrol companies for sure. Is that why ?
      bobs92705
      • 5 Months Ago
      wow....exciting to just look at the car....too bad they didn't let you loose on a track...that would have made it way more fun for you to drive and for us to watch. BTW, I find it more accurate to gauge seconds by saying T-a-s-m-a-n-i-a One and so on rather than M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i One etc.
      Grendal
      • 5 Months Ago
      A small electric motor and a small gas engine, how can this car be this fast? It must be getting the absolute maximum out of both powertrains to pull it off.
        FordGo
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Torque.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        [blocked]
    • Load More Comments