The 2017 BMW i8 looks more like a car of the future than something you can buy off a BMW dealer lot today. It's almost ludicrously low, its styling is beyond the dreams of George Jetson and the plug-in gas-electric hybrid drivetrain may as well be classified as science fiction. And this is a supercar that's built to be environmentally aware. It's an exotic sports car that exudes virtue.
Describing the dance between all the elements of the drivetrain could fill volumes. There's a turbocharged inline-three cylinder gas engine in the middle that combines with a battery-powered electric motor to produce 228 horsepower for delivery to the rear wheels. Then there's a second electric motor in front that throws in another 129 hp that gets sent to the front wheels. A six-speed automatic transmission gets involved along the way, and there are computers determining where the torque is best distributed. It's complicated.
Add up all the various components, and there's 357 hp available to propel the two-seat (the rear "seats" are really storage shelves pretending to be seats) i8. It's enough to push (and pull) the i8 to 60 mph in only about 4.5 seconds. It's not the only hybrid sports car out there, but it's not a crowded market. The competitor that comes closest in price is the new Acura NSX. It's good company to keep.
With such a complex drivetrain, just reporting the fuel economy numbers can be mind-boggling. Running strictly on electricity, the EPA rates the i8 at the equivalent of 76 mpg. Running solely on gasoline, it's a combined 28 mpg. The number that may be most impressive is that, when gas and electricity are both used, the total range of the i8 is 330 miles.
All these tech details obscure the bottom line about the i8: it's a blast to drive. It's quick, it handles well and it doesn't beat you up doing it. It's also comfortable for cruising across whichever continent needs crossing, and it’s fun to whip along mountain roads. Plus, it attracts astonishing amounts of attention. This is the car you need for profiling in places like Miami Beach or Beverly Hills. They'd probably like it in Nebraska and Kentucky, too.
With its wide sills and low roof, there's no way to get into an i8 with any elegance. But you can get into an i8 at a great price by using the tools available to you right here on Edmunds.
2017 BMW i8 Overview
The 2017 BMW i8 is offered in the following submodels: Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A). i8 models are available with a 0-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 i8 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 i8 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 BMW i8?
2017 BMW i8 2dr Coupe AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2017 BMW i8 2dr Coupe AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $154995. The average price paid for a new 2017 BMW i8 2dr Coupe AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $12739.8 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $12739.8 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $142255.2.
The average savings for the 2017 BMW i8 2dr Coupe AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.
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What options are available on the 2017 BMW i8?
Available BMW i8 2017 Submodel Types: Coupe
Available BMW i8 2017 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Sophisto Grey Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Interior Colors: Pure Impulse Carum Spice Grey premium leather, Tera Exclusive Dalbergia Brown leather/cloth, Giga Amido premium leather, Giga Ivory White premium leather, Mega Carum Spice Grey leather/cloth
Popular Features: 2nd Row Bucket Seats, 360-degree camera, AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Bluetooth, Heads up display, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Pre-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Leather Seats
Engine/Mechanics: 3 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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