The BMW i8 is an impressive model combining the sustainability of an environmentally conscious hybrid with the look and feel of a Sports Coupe. It took more than six years of research and development before the BMW i8 was officially launched. The goal was to create a visionary car with a positive impact on the environment and the auto industry as BMW is taking a stance on social and environmental responsibilities.
|2019||BMW i8 Roadster (Convertible)||$163,300|
|2017||BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver||$143,400|
|2017||BMW i8 Frozen Black||$143,400|
|2017||BMW i8 Froze Yellow||$143,400|
|2017||BMW i8 Protonic Red||$141,695|
|2015||BMW i8 with Comfort Access||$137,450|
The latest model year 2019 BMW i8 Roadster (Convertible) just released in the US market during spring of 2018 is priced at $163,300 MSRP.
The latest model year 2017 BMW i8 MSRP is $143,400 for the BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver, Frozen Black, and Frozen Yellow Special Edition Coupe models.
The 2017 BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition cost $141,695 MSRP, and it was released before the three Protonic Special Editions.
The model year 2015 BMW i8 with Comfort Access added as standard equipment, cost $137,450 MSRP.
The first-generation or model year 2014 BMW i8 cost was $135,700 MSRP.
All BMW i8 MSRP mentioned excludes applicable tax, destination and handling charges, as well as any applicable fees in the US market. On the bright side, the BMW i8 hybrid may be eligible for federal and state incentives where qualifies.
Three out of the four special color combinations offered by the first BMW i8 are created exclusively for the BMW i models. All BMW i8 color combinations accentuate the distinctive V-shape black belt design and the “ring of glow” which surrounds the front twin-kidney grilles. The “rings” come in Frozen Blue or Frozen Grey to match different exterior accents.
The four paint choices of the first generation BMW i8 can be paired with an i8 interior “World” choice as shown below. The BMW i8 interior “Worlds” are exclusive interior design packages. To learn more, see our complete BMW i8 Interior Design Guide.
The BMW i8’s exterior boasts sports car appeal. The car has refined aerodynamic balance with an impressive drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26. The i8’s body consisted largely of lightweight Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Plastic (CFRP) and recycled or manufactured aluminum using renewable energy.
The BMW i8’s compact and futuristic design embodies a flowing “V-shaped black belt” concept. The belt design frames around the front hood and runs along the sleek rooflines to wrap around in the back. The overall striking impression created by the interweaving design makes the i8 bold and unique.
The overall wide and muscular contour of the BMW i8’s front bearing speaks performance. Extended wheel arches and aerodynamic Air Curtain in the front apron braced by the “V-shaped black belt” design creates depth and style. Blanked out front grilles in BMW’s signature twin-kidney style with full-LED headlights further enhance the aesthetics of the façade.
The profile slopes perfectly, the airy, layered design of the bodyshell enhances the i8’s aerodynamic character. “Floating” roof pillars connect the i8’s front and back structure gracefully.
Standard wheels and Tires come in as the 20-inch W-Spoke style 470 with mixed tires. An upgrade option is available in the Turbine 20-inch style 625 with mixed tires.
The overall low profile of the BMW i8 keeps its body grounded. The rear silhouette is a demonstration of the i8’s performance and style.
The uninterrupted “Black Belt” design embroiders the rear curves. Flared wheel arches and uniquely designed U-shape LED tail lights further accentuate the car’s physique.
The rear glass window slopes down from the roof and opens to the compact five cubic feet trunk space. Owners have the option to purchase exclusively custom fitted Carbon Fiber travel set from Louis Vuitton made just for the i8’s trunk space. Talk about ultra-premium luxury.
The front LED headlights in the i8 inherited the BMW i model’s distinctive U-shapes. The headlights consist of Daytime Running Lights with built-in indicators in full LED.
An optionally added frame is available as an enhanced lighting feature which includes long-range, high-beam headlights with special Laser Light Technology. It features a pure-white, near-parallel beam. It improves visibility by illuminating up to 600 meters (approximately 1,968 miles) which is double the range projected by standard high beam LED headlights. Energy efficiency is also improved by approximately 30% with the new LED technology.
Currently, the Laser Light technology is only available in Europe as the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has not yet approved the instrument for the US market.
The BMW i8’s Scissor Doors that swing open upward are assembled with aluminum exterior and Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Plastic (CFRP) interior. The materials are 50% lighter than traditional constructions. These high-key doors come with artistically crafted interior handles ergonomically positioned for proper functioning.
Chemically Hardened Thin Glass is another first-in-its-class innovation. All the windows on the BMW i8 are made from resilient materials utilized for smartphones. Two layers of the 0.7-millimeter (approximately 0.028 inches) thin glasses with an acoustic sheet insert result in a remarkably strong structure with reduced weight and excellent sound barrier abilities.