It’s a long-held and frankly well-earned stigma that sports cars are not built for those with concerns for efficiency. Burly engines meant to crank out horsepower tend to leave much desired in terms of fuel economy, and the need to synthesize power with proficiency has become all the more prevalent in recent years. With the 2019 i8, BMW has hit upon that middle ground between accountability and excitement without compromising its identity.
Exotic looks straight out of Germany
The 2019 i8 offers the low stance, aerodynamic proportions and dynamic details that are synonymous with high-concept supercars both old and new. BMW’s keen eye for aesthetic excellence separates the i8 from the pack, incorporating stylish High gloss black exterior trim elements from front to back, U-shaped signature LED lighting, 20-inch BMW i wheels in bi-color or jet black, available BMW i Frozen Blue or Frozen Grey accents and optional Laser lights.
On the inside, the 2019 BMW i8 is equally as extravagant. The cabin is thoughtfully rendered with a clean and welcoming layout accentuated by crisp lines, standard Carbon Fiber Interior Trim and high-quality upholstery. Available E-Copper Leather and Tera Exclusive Dalbergia Brown Leather provide an added level of individuality that helps you stand out while sitting pretty.
BMW is known for next-level performance engineering, and the 2019 BMW i8 is further evidence of it being a status well-earned. The i8 is powered by a BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine with high-precision direct injection paired with a high-output eDrive electric motor. These powertrain components work in conjunction to deliver 369 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, which enables the i8 Coupe to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
Facilitating this performance is BMW Life-drive architecture, a lightweight two-part body structure that maximizes performance and efficiency. The Life Module that makes up the cabin of the i8 utilizes carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for maximum rigidity and minimal weight. Beneath it, the Drive Module utilizes lightweight aluminum elements to ensure structural integrity and the familiar nimble BMW handling.
With its handsome aesthetics and incredible performance prowess, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the 2019 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid. Defying any misconceptions about efficiency being synonymous with excitement, the BMW i8 achieves exceptional fuel economy without foregoing the thrills one would expect from a supercar.
Utilizing gasoline and its 11.6-klilowatt-hour lithium-ion high-voltage battery pack, the i8 returns an EPA-estimated 69 MPGe and can drive up to 18 miles in full electric mode.
Though it can be found at the crossroads between plug-in hybrid efficiency and iconic performance, the 2019 BMW i8 is utterly unlike anything else on the road today. If you want to be more environmentally responsible but still desire the thrill of high-performance driving, the i8 delivers as no other vehicle can.
This article is presented by BMW of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.