Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


BMW i8 Is In High Demand

March 18th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas 2.

BMW i8 Hybrid Supercar

It’s been five years since the first BMW i8 concept rolled out, so it’s no wonder that initial demand for the plug-in hybrid supercar is outstripping planned production. While BMW isn’t saying how many people are signed up for the i8, they have released the final specs for the German supercar, which includes a surprising bump in efficiency.

The BMW i8 was initially rated at 94 MPGe on the combined European testing cycle, but for the production version the i8 will actually be rated at 112 MPGe. On pure electric power the i8 can go up to 23 miles, and in city driving the plug-in hybrid is rated at 57 MPG. On the highway efficiency plummets to 35 MPG, though the hybrid drivetrain is good for a combined 326 horsepower and a 4.4 second run from 0 to 60 MPH. Top speed is limited to 155 MPH alas, rather than the promised 184 MPH.

With a drag coefficient of 0.26 and and a curb weight of just 3,273 lbs. thanks to a largely carbon fiber body, the BMW i8 is a model of efficiency. The lead-up to rolling out the BMW i8 has seen demand exceed initial planned production for the $136,000 supercar, and why not? Enthusiasts like me have had half a decade to pine over this car, and it is finally, really here AND it’s surprisingly similar to the initial concept vehicle.

In my humble opinion, this is what the future of driving looks like. The only car I would even put in the same class of “futuristic feeling rides” is the Tesla Model S, and there’s still a two-to-three month waiting list for that car. But I think the BMW guys have the Model S beat when it comes to patience.

Source: BMW

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.

  • Wesley

    Hybrid is another name for done in a half assed way. Go full electric, I love my Tesla it looks better, goes faster and uses 0 gasoline while maintaining being the safest car on the road.

    • Bob_Wallace

      PHEV buyers would probably do what you’ve done were there a 250 mile range EV available for the price of a PHEV.

  • Lloyd

    there are 300 coming to the uk in the first year and over 60% have already been sold

  • Doug

    Without any sales numbers, “high demand” could be 12 cars

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