Car and Driver takes the 2014 BMW i8 for their usual instrumented test. Their findings point to a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.8 seconds and 12.4 seconds in the quarter-mile.
Labeled and marketed as a “progressive sports car”, the BMW i8 screams of high-tech that combines the knowledge of “Ultimate Driving Dynamics” with the power of advanced technologies.
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
The U.S. market gets the BMW i8 in August 2014 at a base price of $135,700, and latest reports say the car is already sold out and selling at way above the base price.
Here is their full review.