The folks over at TFLCar test drive the new BMW i8. While the i8 was not built for the track and it is often advertised as the “green sportscar” of the future, the innovative car keeps up with the likes of Porsche Boxter and Jaguar F-Type.
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 sells the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700. We have learned that some dealers sold their i8s for as much as 100,000 over sticker, that’s nearly a 75% surcharge.
Here is the video review: