Although virtually unchanged from last year, the new 2017 BMW i8 still represents a new generation of sports car with its ultra-dynamic, low-slung silhouette, elegant sporty lines and an innovative design features. It carefully merges BMW’s traditional hallmark features with contemporary design elements resulting in the creation of a progressive aesthetics that communicate the innovative premium character, efficiency, and performance attributes of the plug-in hybrid sports car. We’re happy to report that both its release date and price details are out, read on to know the details.
But before getting down to the basics, we think it’d be judicious to name some of the changes that are in store for shoppers of the 2017 BMW i8. The price, for one, remains unchanged from last year’s $141,695. Changes include a new bright red exterior paint color provided via the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition package. Other changes albeit subtle include floor mats with red and black leather stitching, and NESO seats with embossed headrests, gray seatbelts, and red highlights. Other than these changes, the BMW i8 remains the same as last year.
The BMW i8 comes with killer exterior styling cues that are sure to attract crowds of gawkers, which may obscure the importance of its advanced structure and plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its design signals pure driving pleasure, efficiency, safety, and lightness – stand out qualities that it shares with the BMW i3. The key to this versatility BMW may say is courtesy of the innovative LifeDrive architecture. This is the platform that allows it to showcase hallmark BMW efficiency, lightweight design, and driving dynamics.
The interior of the 2017 BMW i8 combines more recognizable switches and components with ultra-modern lines. The material quality, as should be expected from a vehicle costing that much, is exemplary. The seats are lightweight and cleverly contoured to provide a comfortable seating for most occupants. High-tech gadgetry are available in plenty both in standard or option form. The options may however balloon the sticker price significantly.
Rivals here are few but exceptional, and buyers may prefer one over the other based entirely on their preferences than capability. The two rivals are the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. The 2017 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is focused, fast, and offers an exceptionally sporty character. It is a great option for a buyer who can afford the $106,950 sticker price it comes with as it offers a scintillating acceleration, athletic handling, a multitude of variations and options, and impeccable refinement and interior quality.
For shoppers on a budget, the 2016 Tesla Model S may be a better option considering its MSRP pricing starts from only $85,700. Details about the Model S are a bit scanty at the moment, but one this is guaranteed: it’s a design masterpiece.
2017 BMW i8 Release Date & Price
Pricing for the BMW i8 starts from $141,695 including the destination charge. Leasing will be available. Its release date should be expected sometime in spring 2017.
2017 BMW i8 Exterior
The new 2017 i8 is stunningly beautiful yet original. It is a stand out everywhere one goes and people will most likely assume you’re some kind of awesome celebrity. Drive one, and you’ll be swamped by a barrage of questions and selfie-taking onlookers. The classic coupe design, aerodynamic cues, paint work, and the wing doors, are the main features of attractiveness that first catch the eye.
Some of the standard exterior features include LED exterior lighting, 20-inch wheels, automatic headlight washers, automatic wipers and headlights, and auto-dimming mirrors. Also available albeit as an option are the Laserlight headlights.
2017 BMW i8 Interior
Entering the BMW i8 needs some well calculated moves once you’ve swung the scissor doors up and away. Once you’re done with the choreography moves and you are seated on the comfortable and supportive seats, you’ll immediately notice the cool ambience that first strikes you. The cockpit design is multi-tiered and layered and makes use of naturally treated leather and recycled materials for panel surfaces and upholstery.
Space shouldn’t be an issue even for taller drivers, in fact they might have much to spare. The center stack is driver-centric. Various mode and shifter switches are close by, as well, and with each selection is a different gauge layout and background color.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.2 in. (110.2 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 4.9 in. (184.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.5 in. (76.5 in.)
Passenger volume: F: 55 ft³ R: 26 ft³
Cargo volume: 4.7 ft³
Curb weight: 3394 lb
Top Speed: 155 mph
0-60: 3.6 sec
MPG: 28/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Sophisto Grey Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent and Sophisto Grey Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Two trims are offered: Giga World and Mega World. The 2017 BMW i8S review is offered elsewhere on our blog, as is the BMW i8 Spyder Convertible.
The BMW i8 2017 employs a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and an electric motor and a battery pack to offer a combined output rated at 357 horsepower and 420 lbs. ft. of torque. 0-60 mph takes 4.5 seconds, while top speed is put at 155 mph.
EPA rates the i8 for both electric and gas operation at 76 MPGe.
Standard systems include front side- and side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, an around-view camera, automatic crash notification, parking sensors, BMW Assist emergency communications, and stolen vehicle recovery. Government conducted crash impact assessment yielded a five out five star rating for overall crash safety.