Despite the BMW i8 having a rather eco-conscious nature about it, this space age sports car is often referred to as a supercar. No surprise really, just look at it! But should you buy one? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Does it deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as a supercar? Read on to discover our eight (get it, i-eight...) reasons why it is a 'supercar' bargain!
It turns heads for fun
Perhaps the most obvious reason really. The looks are very much ahead of their time. But, how many times do manufacturers tease us with crazy looking concepts, only to disappoint us when they actually release the production version? However, with the i8, BMW may have created one of the most stunning looking cars in recent years! It's cliche but it genuinely does look like it's come from the future.
Available in 'Sophisto Grey', 'Ionic Silver', 'Crystal White Pearl Effect' and 'Protonic Blue'. Depending on your preference, these colours give the i8 a different aura. For example, a white version looks like the perfect car for a stormtrooper, whilst black is typically classy. BMW has of course released a few more colours incuding 'Frozen Yellow', 'Protonic Red' and 'Java Green', but these are a lot rarer, and of course command a premium over standard colours. No matter what colour you go for, you're going to get attention!
It's quick!The i8 will go from zero to 62mph from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds, with its top speed limited to 155mph (like most BMWs). Therefore, in terms of straight-line performance, it is similar to that of a bona fide BMW M car. Happy days!
The power is thanks to some wizardry BMW did with the engine that the i8 uses. Unbelievably, the engine is taken from a humble 1.5-litre three-cylinder MINI Cooper. Although, it has been modified to give it the extra naughtiness, producing 231bhp, whilst an electric motor boosts power by another 143bhp. The clever hybrid combination ensures the i8 is certainly not slow, by any means.
You can commute for peanutsSo, despite the i8's cool factor and power, it is a bit unsuspecting that on a full electric charge the i8 will get around 25 miles - purely on nothing more than electricity. So, if the office is around 20 miles away, you can get to work, charge at work and get home and it will have cost you next to nothing!
Officially the BMW i8 can return 135mpg - which it won't, if we are totally honest, but you'll still get mpg which combustion engine supercars can only dream of, and you can also brag about having a fast car that is genuinely economical.
It's a BMWOne of the world's most iconic and famous brands, the BMW i8 has a foundation of excellence learnt from BMW's incredible history. Therefore luxury, comfort and performance are going to be taken care of easily. And let's not forget, BMW have a history for creating some properly incredible cars and the i8 now takes pride of place in this legendary list.
Not only is the BMW i8 a car in which is way ahead of its time, it has also given petrolheads and avid BMW customers something to smile about in regard to the future of the automobile.
Being German, the car is also wonderfully built and features an interior full of quality materials and of course heaps of state-of-the-art technology. The body also features parts made from lightweight carbon fibre, which complement the car's performance.
It's got awesome butterfly doorsThere is something wonderfully incredible about doors that open rather a like a butterfly's wings. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, McLaren F1 and Lamborghini Diablo have all made famous similar styled doors, so for the i8 to be mentioned within the same breath as these cars is pretty cool.
This doesn't include the trend where boy racers used to fit 'Lambo doors' to a Corsa, that' just not cool! And if people didn't already clock you in this epic looking BMW, when you and a passenger exit the car with the doors up, you're going to get noticed!
You won't have to pay the London Congestion ChargeIs there anything more smug? At a time where Brexit may as well be a swear word and London continues to try and ban the automobile (especially if you own an exotic supercar) imagine how smug you can be, being able to drive a car as striking as the BMW i8, with the added bonus of not having to pay the dreaded congestion charge.
Okay, so if you can afford a BMW i8 in the first place, the congestion charge isn't going to affect your bank balance that much, but it is always nice saving money here and there!
It was over £100,000 newUnsurprisingly the BMW i8 costs over £100,000 new, and now is available at under half of that. If that isn't properly tempting, we don't know what is.
Sure, somebody else has had the magic of owning the car from brand new and maintenance is perhaps going to be a touch more expensive than if the car was new - as is with any used car, but it is possible to get your hands on high-quality examples, as an approved used car. So you'll benefit from an approved used warranty, which will give you complete peace of mind.
The whole packageSome cars fail in vital areas, but the BMW i8 ticks a lot of the boxes for a magnitude of car buyers. It's quick. It looks incredible. It's surprisingly economical. It beats government charges. It's a BMW. Oh yeah, and it's now available at over half of its original RRP.
What's not to like?