2016 BMW i8 Specs & Review
Do you remember when you used to get up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons – which would then morph into afternoon sci-fi marathons? Many car lovers fondly remember watching those shows and coveting the gorgeous futuristic vehicles. Some could fly, some could go underwater, and some could almost break the speed of sound. Nobody ever thought that they’d see these vehicles come to fruition in their lifetime, however. They were a dream to while away a few enjoyable weekend hours.
While the 2016 BMW i8 can’t go underwater, can’t fly, and can’t break the speed of sound, it does look so futuristic that you would swear by just glancing at it that it could do all three. This luxury model has caught the attention of car lovers and experts alike, and for good reason. With amazing power, gorgeous lines, and a look that simply cannot be beat, it makes sense why so many people are looking for a BMW i8 for sale.
Let’s Talk Style
While there’s plenty to discuss under the hood of this beauty, almost anyone who finds a BMW dealer in Florida will stop and stare at this vehicle – not because of its power (at least not initially!) but because of its look. It’s true that there’s nothing that looks quite like the 2016 BMW i8.
Straight out of a sci-fi movie, this powerful 2016 luxury vehicle gives car enthusiasts a reason to have a huge grin on their face once they see it. The birdwing doors are always a favorite for car aficionados. Not all vehicles look good with this type of door. They manage to make the futuristic feature look dated. However, the 2016 BMW i8 is the perfect match for them, offering a fresh 21st century take.
The exterior of the vehicle is sleek and streamlined. Shaped to be as aerodynamically sound as possible, the hood gently slopes back to form the windshield. The roof is subtly contoured, and it it slopes back to the end of the car to complete the space age vibe. This vehicle, no matter how you look at it or whether you love BMW or not, is a definite head turner.
The interior of the i8 doesn’t scrimp on style either. In order to match the design aesthetic of the exterior, designers took the sci-fi feeling and ran with it. Not to worry, though – it does not look like a future “themed” car. The bucket seats in the front of the vehicle are extremely thin, leaving more room in the rear of the vehicle than you would typically see in a luxury sports car like this.
While it is only a two-door vehicle, you can easily fit two more people in the rear of the car, which is fitted with stylized bucket seats on its own. The dashboard is completely digital, and the vehicle also has a heads up display that features all of the technological gadgetry that we love to see in a car.
Let’s Talk Power
Of course no vehicle, no matter how gorgeous it is, is hardly worthy of the classification “luxury,”if it doesn’t have power behind it. The 2016 BMW i8 has more than enough power for not only the casual car owner but also for the true enthusiast or collector.
The i8 is actually the first BMW in the company’s line to use the 1.5 liter turbocharged three cylinder engine. This beauty of an engine is lightweight, which helps the car to glide over the road, and has 228 horsepower as well as 236 pound-feet of torque. The six speed automatic transmission is as smooth as glass during transition.
There are actually three driving modes that you can select from when you drive the 2016 BMW i8: Comfort, Max E-Mode and Sport. Both the Comfort and Max E-Mode modes were created to help the driver increase the vehicle’s efficiency. It caps the acceleration of the vehicle and brings down the power to other unessential functions. Comfort mode, however, actually uses the powertrain in an extremely efficient manner so that, once the battery of the car is depleted, it can run like a hybrid.
When Car and Driver tested the vehicle they found that the transmission, engine, and electric motor all worked together beautifully creating a seamless and comfortable ride. They found that there was no lag, no surging, and more power than the average driver would ever need to have access to. Able to hit 60 MPH in only 3.6 seconds when you do a launch-control start (which the vehicle will let you do) you can better understand why so many people search for a BMW dealer in Florida. They just want to get their hands on one of the most powerful, sleekest vehicles that they can.
The biggest reason why so many will look for a BMW i8 for sale the price. Luxury vehicles are never cheap; nor should they be. When you pay for anything, you want quality, and the BMW line never fails to delivers. The i8, however, delivers even more efficiency, quality and style than even most BMW lovers expect. Even so, the price on the i8, is more than competitive, especially since the only other vehicle that Car and Driver could compare it to was the Porsche 918 Spyder. The i8, though, has a much lower price tag. It is just as attention-grabbing, if not more so, than any other sports luxury car on the market.