BMW has been making automobile history since the 1920s. The company is no stranger to innovation and calculated risk-taking, most of which has paid off. With that being said, the BMW i8 may represent the company’s biggest risk to date. The future has arrived and here’s a glimpse into what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Take one look forward and you won’t want to go back!
The BMW i8: A Lightweight Heavyweight
What exactly is so futuristic about the BMW i8? For starters: carbon fiber. In the vehicles most folks can afford, if carbon fiber is used in construction, it’s used in trim. The BWM i8, on the other hand, uses carbon fiber as the primary construction material.
Back to the Future’s Got Nothing on the i8
When its matching scissor doors are open, the i8 looks like the Batmobile about to go airborne. Beyond the hood is where the real magic lies. Front and back motors, dual transmissions, a cockpit lined with almost 220 pounds of lithium-ion batteries and push-button start are just a handful of the cool features of this electronic car. Once you start her up, you won’t even realize you’re ready to take off because you will hear just a slight hum that belies the BMW performance power you’ve just unleashed.
Depending on how aggressively you drive, the i8 will seamlessly transition to gas-electric mode after about 20 miles of battery power. Here’s where the genie is unleashed from the bottle. This baby can go from stopped to 60 in less than 5 seconds. Before you interrupt to point out other cars can hit that milestone in less than 4 seconds, here’s why the i8 is special. It gets 75 miles per gallon. With a flip of a switch, drivers can go from comfort mode, to iDrive to eco-normal sport.
Its $135,700 MSRP Is a Bargain
The BMW i8 possesses many of the same features as hybrids introduced by the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche. Cosmetically, the BMW looks far more futuristic — so much so that if you purchase one, don’t be surprised to be the subject of myriad cell phone snaps and the cause of gawker-related fender benders. Here’s the real news though: BMW’s supercar is priced a mind-blowing 90 percent less than the others. Whether you’re intrigued by the BMW i8’s futuristic exterior, eco-friendly drive or high-performance wow factor, know this: you’re intrigued for good reason.
If you own a BMW i8, you’re fortunate to drive one of the most unique and futuristic cars on the planet. Your car is a marvel of engineering and an example of truly outstanding BMW performance. When you need BMW service, diagnostics or maintenance, you need a facility that specializes in BMW and has the parts, equipment, computers and trained technicians to get the job done right the first time. If you’re located in the Dallas area, you need Autoscope Foreign Car Care. Contact us for an appointment.