The BMW i8 has wowed car show attendees and drooling boys on the Internet for some time now as the car has evolved from concept to production model. It looks like it should be in the next Tron movie and is welcome departure from other electric cars. BMW has made all sorts of claims about the i8, but many have remained skeptical and for good reason, considering how volatile the technology is. But now the car can no longer hide behind the showroom wax and smiling models, because automotive journalists have been able to get intimate with the i8 and see all of its warts.
One of the most notorious claims by BMW has been the i8’s 0 to 60 mph acceleration time. The verdict from Road & Track is that BMW has actually understated the car’s acceleration abilities and indeed can get to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
So far, the reviews of the BMW i8 have been overall positive. Some, like Auto Express, have compared the plug-in hybrid Bimmer to supercars like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari, although many are careful to explain that the i8 does not offer quite as astounding of performance, but for the price it is a compelling alternative. Top Gear has thrown in its two cents, stating that while the three-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with the electric motor feels more like a big inline six-cylinder engine, it still does not feel as fast as a 911 since it lacks the dramatic engine notes one would normally expect from such a car. Autocar also said the i8 is not a monster performer, but it is more ecologically responsible.
Another interesting comparison some journalists have made has been with the Tesla Model S, a car that is a surprisingly good performer. According to Bloomberg and Autoweek that i8 is a compelling alternative for anyone who wants a sportier driving experience while still enjoying a cutting-edge technological driving experience.