• Here are the first 2015 BMW i8 performance test numbers - 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, 1/4 mile in 12.3 @ 114, 3380 pound curb weight

      Journalists have been getting the opportunity to play around with the BMW i8 for the past week and Road and Track is the first of the bunch to post some independent test numbers. How is the i8 performing? Pretty well considering the output and the three-cylinder motor. 0-60 thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor makes 60 come in 3.8 seconds. That is very quick and a great time for a vehicle with this level of efficiency.


      What about the 1/4 mile? 12.3 @ 114 or just quicker than a stock E92 M3. Based on the figures it looks likes an i8 off the line would beat the previous generation M3 from a stop and the race from a roll would likely favor the M3 as speeds rise.

      The curb weight is a relatively lightweight 3380 pounds. Another way to look at the weight is that the car is lighter than new F80 M3. Weight distribution is a very nice 48.5% front to 51.5% rear.

      The car performs as expected and considering the 1.5 liter turbo three-cylinder with only 231 horsepower and the rest of the output coming from two electric motors good for a total of 357 horsepower it is quite efficient. Less power than an E92 M3, but just as fast. 420 lb-ft of torque certainly doesn't hurt.

      It makes you wonder how good this car would be if they just gave it the N20 four-cylinder instead for some serious punch at this $135k price level.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Here are the first BMW i8 performance test numbers - 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, 1/4 mile in 12.3 @ 114, 3380 pound curb weight started by Sticky View original post
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      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by singletrack Click here to enlarge
        Really cool car. I see this thing selling like hot cakes. Just like the i3 - they have had to massively up production for demand.
        Massively up production...I guess. They set a ridiculous initial estimate of 10,000 i3 units on purpose. Makes the new estimate of 20,000 i3 units sound like a news story. That is still considerably behind the Volt/Ampera yearly sales.

        BMW is only producing 1,900 i8 units in the first year. Certainly will sell out those quickly, in fact I think they already did. Not hard for BMW to find 1,900 fanboys.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        BMW is only producing 1,900 i8 units in the first year. Certainly will sell out those quickly, in fact I think they already did. Not hard for BMW to find 1,900 fanboys.
        It looks awesome, and will keep up with 98% of all cars you meet in normal day traffic.
        Let's be realistic.
        Not many true petrol heads will want to buy this (except Jay lenno), but if green is required for image building then this is a cool car.
        Expect a lot of Hollywood stars dumping their Prius over this i8.
        With the range extender you will be able to really use this as a normal car, unlike say the Fisker Karma or Tesla.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        Massively up production...I guess. They set a ridiculous initial estimate of 10,000 i3 units on purpose. Makes the new estimate of 20,000 i3 units sound like a news story. That is still considerably behind the Volt/Ampera yearly sales.

        BMW is only producing 1,900 i8 units in the first year. Certainly will sell out those quickly, in fact I think they already did. Not hard for BMW to find 1,900 fanboys.
        20k i3's in demand doesn't impress. Well ok...

        LOL. Why is someone a fanboy for an i8? It's a really cool car.

        I'm glad the you are happy with volt production - you paid for it!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        The i8 is a cool car, definitely. We put an emphasis on performance but if you think about the people who can afford this thing do they really care that BMW's own M6 can smoke this car or that even though it is the most expensive coupe in the lineup it isn't the fastest?

        They will eat this up. It will sell like crazy. It will be seen as a responsible status symbol.

        Me, I'd hate to pay $135k for a car that will lose to so many other cars. However, most people paying $135k for it don't give a crap about that.

        It just irks me that this car could be so much better than it is. They neutered it a bit too much. Does anyone care if it loses 5 mpg by going to an N20?

        Mercedes has a 355 horsepower four-cylinder. Imagine if BMW put that under the hood here.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        ya know bmw might be planning something big and game changing, and letting the competition best them "for now"

        i'm not an optimistic person but ya never know
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        ya know bmw might be planning something big and game changing, and letting the competition best them "for now"

        i'm not an optimistic person but ya never know
        I wish I could believe that. Maybe they are planning a front wheel drive Active Tourer i8 powered by hamsters spinning a wheel?
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        Can't believe Bridgestone potenza tires are standard. Also, while I know top speed isn't everything, the test notes indicate that this thing runs out of steam after about 145. They mention the 5-60 was disappointing compared to the 0-60. For this kind of money that isn't acceptable in my opinion. If they had used an s65 this would have been a poor man's 918 spyder but no.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        Can't believe Bridgestone potenza tires are standard. Also, while I know top speed isn't everything, the test notes indicate that this thing runs out of steam after about 145. They mention the 5-60 was disappointing compared to the 0-60. For this kind of money that isn't acceptable in my opinion. If they had used an s65 this would have been a poor man's 918 spyder but no.
        Why? Bridgestone are my second favorite behind Michelin...

        This is a product man - targeted at a specific customer...and I believe they have nailed it. It is not trying to be the best performing car at this price point, it's trying to be competitive and more interesting in terms of concept, look, and technology. I think they have accomplished those goals.

        This thing is almost as fast as my 430 Scuderia 0-60 (500HP 3k lbs). In fact, I would bet that the average driver could achieve more consistent results in this vs, what was, a $300k super-car only ~5 years ago. Actually the Scud still costs far more than this used. This car is truly amazing, but it is not intended to appeal to everyone - that is a sure fire way to ensure failure. As an example, despite having the money, I never once considered it. However, I have recommended it to several other people to whom I think it would be a great match for their desired car ownership experience.
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        @singletrack , that is a phone auto correct causing me to write you're.... I am not a $#@!ing moron. Your attitude is pathetic and Congrats dude your a internet tough guy... I'm proud of you.

        I was purposely throwing a comment out there there would get under sticky's skin for fun... and it worked... when your face is out from sticky's grundle please let us know about your Ferrari and your money one more time.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ChuckD05 Click here to enlarge
        @singletrack , that is a phone auto correct causing me to write you're.... I am not a $#@!ing moron. Your attitude is pathetic and Congrats dude your a internet tough guy... I'm proud of you.

        I was purposely throwing a comment out there there would get under sticky's skin for fun... and it worked... when your face is out from sticky's grundle please let us know about your Ferrari and your money one more time.
        can you please take your bull$#@! to another thread
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        can you please take your bull$#@! to another thread
        sure , no problem
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ChuckD05 Click here to enlarge
        sure , no problem
        thanks Click here to enlarge

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I wish I could believe that. Maybe they are planning a front wheel drive Active Tourer i8 powered by hamsters spinning a wheel?
        Ha///Mster power
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Imagine what this could have been with a 4- or even 6 cylinder engine coupled with the electric powertrain. That would have been epic. But in this form I can't imagine that many sports car enthusiasts will actually buy it. Those couldn't care less about a 3 cylinder tree hugger engine. The I8 is also severly crippled in the handling separtment due to its tiny tires.

        So who was this car targeted at?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ChuckD05 Click here to enlarge
        I was purposely throwing a comment out there there would get under sticky's skin for fun... and it worked... when your face is out from sticky's grundle please let us know about your Ferrari and your money one more time.
        How are you getting under my skin by posting skewed numbers?

        The reality of the vehicles performance is exactly as I stated it to be. You instead do come off looking somewhat stupid if you think an E92 M3 runs 13's.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        Imagine what this could have been with a 4- or even 6 cylinder engine coupled with the electric powertrain. That would have been epic. But in this form I can't imagine that many sports car enthusiasts will actually buy it. Those couldn't care less about a 3 cylinder tree hugger engine. The I8 is also severly crippled in the handling separtment due to its tiny tires.

        So who was this car targeted at?
        The tiny tires are idiotic too. They choose them obviously for lower rolling resistance as if an owner cares about a few more MPG versus handling.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ChuckD05 Click here to enlarge
        @singletrack , that is a phone auto correct causing me to write you're.... I am not a $#@!ing moron. Your attitude is pathetic and Congrats dude your a internet tough guy... I'm proud of you.

        I was purposely throwing a comment out there there would get under sticky's skin for fun... and it worked... when your face is out from sticky's grundle please let us know about your Ferrari and your money one more time.
        Looks like the auto correct got you again - tough break.

        Nice inferiority complex. The price of this car vs. the price of other cars of comparable performance is relevant; has nothing to do with what I have.

        But by all means resort to name calling because your position is idiotic and you contribute nothing. Shoot me a PM if you are ever in Pittsburgh and I will be happy to say it to your face.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        Imagine what this could have been with a 4- or even 6 cylinder engine coupled with the electric powertrain. That would have been epic. But in this form I can't imagine that many sports car enthusiasts will actually buy it. Those couldn't care less about a 3 cylinder tree hugger engine. The I8 is also severly crippled in the handling separtment due to its tiny tires.

        So who was this car targeted at?
        Same kind of people that buy Teslas...or Ferrari California IMHO. They want a cool looking car with a story.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Chris Harris driving i8:

      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        i personally love the i8. it is my current dream car. i just wish they would put an M engine in and rule the world again
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        i personally love the i8. it is my current dream car. i just wish they would put an M engine in and rule the world again
        They are getting their mass production CFRP in order...then I think we will see some Porsche/Ferrari level competition. At least it seems to make sense. They don't want to do it the same; they like to lead. Building super and hyper cars is very expensive and not all that profitable. But, if you change the whole game by being able to mass produce aluminum and CFRP, then it follows that production costs of super/hyper cars would also fall. I mean look at how far we have come - McLaren F1 was hand build and layered CF. Now we have a mass produced 20k unit i3? I'm simply shocked honestly...have you have ever seen that vid of the CF factory BMW has with all the looms everywhere? It's crazy...