BMW i8 plug-in hybrid review by Chris Harris [video]

Chris Harris is one of the first journalists to drive the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and here is the full 10+ minute video review from Los Angeles.

The i8 is powered by a 213bhp 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol with 320Nm of torque, working together with a hybrid synchronous electric motor producing another 131bhp and 250Nm of torque.

Combined power output is 357bhp, taking it from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. On purely electric mode it has a range up to 23 miles. Average fuel economy is an impressive 134.5mpg with CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km.

It is the second ‘i’ model, after the i3 and surely one of the most interesting cars from BMW in recent years.

Chris Harris says that the i8 sounds like a 911, though he does point out the sound is digitally enhanced to give it that sporty and aggressive feel.


RELATED POSTS

Zenos E10 debuts at Autosport International, priced from £24,995
Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar revealed with 1322bhp
2015 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate spied for the first time
2015 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG spied again, this time on the Nürburgring
One-off Ferrari F12 'TRS' with KERS is most likely the most expensive production Ferrari ever
Toyota GT86 Aero Kit is finally coming to the UK
Five facts you may not know about the history of Ferrari
NanoFlowcell Quant F revealed ahead of Geneva debut
Honda launches Civic Type R Black Edition to commemorate last 100
Production ready Avatar Roadster revealed at Performance Car Show
Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept revealed ahead of New York debut
Port Tyres: a flexible, reliable choice for port industrial vehicles
Tags: , , ,