Video: Tesla Model S chasing a BMW i8

Videos | July 7th, 2013 by 5

ElectroDriver YouTube channel captured on video the chasing of a BMW i8 while aboard a Tesla Model S car. The Model S is the second …

ElectroDriver YouTube channel captured on video the chasing of a BMW i8 while aboard a Tesla Model S car.

The Model S is the second vehicle to emerge from the Tesla production lines and has been already receiving accolades from major car magazines including Motor Trends 2013 Car of The Year, Automobile Magazines 2013 Automobile of The Year and Consumer Reports recently awarded it the highest score of any car they have ever tested.

The chased car is the 2014 BMW i8, the hybrid sportscar to emerge under the “i” division and the second model after the i3. TThe plugin hybrid will come to market in Spring 2014 and is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 224 horsepower, aided by a 96 kW electric motor.

Video: Tesla Model S chasing a BMW i8

Together, the two motors provide a system output of 260 kW or 354 horsepower, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. It can go from a front-wheel drive vehicle to a rear-wheel drive one, and even an all-wheel drive setup. In full electric mode, the BMW i8 can travel up to 20 miles.

We have recently tested the 85kWh Tesla Model S.

Tesla offers the Model S with two configurations: a 60kWh battery and EPA rated at 208 miles of range and the 85kWh battery rated at 265 miles. The 60kWh version starts at $71,070 and the 85kWh costs $81,070. There is also a performance version which costs $96,070.

Let’s see the quick chase between the two super-sporty green cars.

  • Giorgi Gogua

    I8 will be like M1 in 70is. to late for this performance!

    • ihorses

      Yeah, and M1 was such a failure!

      • Giorgi Gogua

        it was.

  • misleading_title

    This video reminds me of the ones on Youtube where some riced out car beats a fast domestic muscle car or fast German import in a “race”, when in reality the other car was just chilling on cruise control or something… hope the Tesla remembered to flash their hazards. ha!

  • Ben S.

    Well, this is BMW’s first mid-engined car since the M1, so it’ll be interesting to see. The thing I’m wondering is how well a non-M car such as this will do. Yeah, BMW does make the Z4 and the 3-series as “sporty” cars (which they are), but this is the closest regular Bimmer to an M car that hasn’t been touched by M. Of course the i8 will likely bequeath some of it’s underpinnings like the carbon fiber shell and suspension with the M8 or whatever they decide to call it, and so I am excited for this thing to hit production. I disagree that the M1 was a failure. Maybe it wasn’t a huge commercial success, but it allowed BMW to expand its horizons and there might not even be an M division today if the M1 hadn’t been made. If it wasn’t such a good car (which I think I can say because it’s highly desirable, they’ll run you about $300 g’s today) BMW might have given up in racing and real high-performance driving machines.