BMW has a new electric car about to hit the streets, and this time around things are a little more, high end, with just a hint of petrol, too. After the launch of the all-electric i3 – see our first drive from CES for more on that – the new i8 is BMW's first hybrid supercar. And it is stunning. The electric motor in the i8 is paired to a brand new, 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that promises amazing fuel economy figures. And with prices starting in the UK at £94,845, you can bet that it's loaded with all the toys you could want in your German supercar. And maybe, just a few more besides.
A SIM card, fitted as standard in the BMW i8, is the key that unlocks the BMW ConnectedDrive services which offers navigation services developed to enhance electric mobility, as well as the more familiar features. Drivers can use the BMW i Remote app to share information with their car at any time using their smartphone. This enables features such as the pedestrian navigation function that guides the driver from parking place to final destination and back. BMW ConnectedDrive also offers unique intermodal route guidance as a world first, which incorporates local public transport connections into journey planning, available from 2014.
The i8 also boasts an entirely digital dashboard display unit as well as a pretty nifty head up display (HUD). The standard navigation unit present in all models of the i8 integrates with the drivetrain management system developed specially for the car, and ensures that the electric motor is deployed for maximum efficiency.
There's a whole lot more to the BMW i8, including performance figures of 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a total, combined power output of 362bhp. It has just launched in Europe and as we've already seen it'll cost you around £100k to get one. Not cheap, but then supercars generally aren't. What BMW has done is give us a glimpse of tomorrow's supercars, today. McLaren and Porsche both make incredible hybrid supercars, but compared to them the price of the i8 is a standout bargain. So, what do we think?