While the BMW i8 is part of a market that continues to grow as it remains to welcome new models, it is safe to say that this model still has to face an actual rival.
Nicknamed by the brand as the “sports car of the future”, the i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car and is BMW's second production model under the "i" after the i3 electric supermini.
This model is powered by a combination of the twin-turbocharged 3-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine and the electric motor. The petrol engine has an output of 228 hp (231 PS) with torque at 236 lb.-ft. (320 Nm) and paired with the automatic 6-speed gearbox in order to move the rear wheels. Meanwhile the electric motor delivers power at 129 hp (96 kW) and torque of 184 lb.-ft. (250 Nm). Its motor is paired to the automatic 2-stage transmission in order to drive the wheels in the front. Completing the hybrid configuration is the high-voltage lithium-ion battery (5 kWh) that comes with liquid cooling.
In terms of price, the $140,700 MSRP means it is closer to the Porsche 911, but in terms of performance, the latter is a bit ahead. This is not surprising as with regards to the i8, the brand made sure to focus on efficiency. However some enhancements on the performance could possibly turn the situation around. As it stands though, the i8 has a performance that’s comparable with the entry level Porsche 911. Though it may appear that the i8 does not bring that much value for money, it is unique in the sense that for a vehicle with a hybrid powertrain, this model is the only semi-affordable one.
So what does the BMW i8 have to offer? There is the future design that continues to be unmatched. By being fitted with aftermarket wheels, the appearance of the i8 is taken to new heights given the level of sophistication.
While the BMW i8 already has a futuristic and sleek design, this did not prevent Vorsteiner from modifying its look. The bodykits though were implemented not only for aesthetic purposes but also to increase the downforce while enhancing the aerodynamics. Helping improve the stability for instance is the splitter in the front section that has been lowered and extended. Another change is the carbon fiber diffuser in the rear end. In terms of appearance, Vorsteiner removed all of the blue accents and instead used all black.
If that is still not enough, the latest improvement done by Florida-based Wheels Boutique might clinch it. The tuning company made use of HRE wheels and instead of the usual gold and bronze in a number of standard cars, the paint scheme of the i8 is complemented with a black finish. Thus overall, this results in a stealthy appearance.