The fresh 2017 BMW i8 is once again redefining what a hybrid can be with its miserly fuel economy, sports car performance, and quick charge times. Some of the highlights that define the newest BMW i8 include a futuristic design, an exception al performance, and great fuel economy savings. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017, if recent media reports are anything to go by.
The German marque knows a thing or two, no doubt, about combining good looks and stunning performance. Throw in the amazing eco-friendly technology available with the 2017 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and you have yourself a superb vehicle that not only offers a performance to behold but also greener credentials worth bragging about to your beer buddies.
Performance wise, the 2017 BMW i8 0-60 mph takes a blistering 4.5 seconds. Additional specs include a combined gasoline and electric range of around 330 miles and 15 miles of electric-only range. This therefore means the i8 is suitable for almost all combinations of driving demands, be it in the city, highway, or cruising for an occasional weekend trip with your girlfriend.
Its performance is no magic, it comes with a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine that is hitched to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to produce a ghostly combined performance rated at a healthy 357 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque that is consequently channeled to all the wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2017 BMW i8 interior is carefully designed taking into consideration almost every nitty-gritty on account. There’re lots of appeasing technologies and material quality that is guaranteed to make every individual regardless of size or height comfortable regardless of the driving distance. Let me not even get started with its exterior design. It’s simply ‘out of this world’.
There’re other vehicles in its class, in case you’re wondering. The closest you can get to the BMW i8 2017 is the Tesla Model S – purely electric and offers a beastly performance behind the wheel. The other option you can consider is the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. If you’re completely sold out in terms of performance, efficiency, and sexy exterior and interior design, the 2017 BMW i8 is hard to ignore, let alone find an alternative.
BMW i8 2017 Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard features available for the two-door, four-passenger 2017 BMW i8 include auto-dimming mirrors, an adjustable suspension system, twenty-inch wheels, driver memory settings, keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights and foglights, a top-view camera, automatic wipers and headlights, a heads-up display, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and cruise control.
Additional equipment offered include satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, BMW Assist and Online, remote ignition, smartphone app integration, an eleven-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, an 8.8” central display screen, a navigation system, and BMW’s iDrive electronics interface.
Options include unique cloth and leather upholstery, upgraded leather upholstery, turbine-style wheels, special interior trim, perforated leather upholstery, upgraded LED headlights, and all the contents of the Mega World package.
Exterior BMW i8 colors: Crystal Black Pearl Metallic, Sophisto Gray Metallic, Ionic Silver Metallic, Protonic Blue Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl Metallic. Changes can be expected on its release date.
2017 BMW i8 Engine Specs
Motivation under the hood is offered by a 1.5L turbocharged inline-three engine working hand-in-hand with an electric motor powered by a 7.1kWh lithium-ion batteries. As already mentioned above, transmission pairing is done by the six-speed automatic.
The systems working synergistically offers an output of 357 hp and 420 lbs. ft. of torque, which is then sent to all the wheels via the transmission system. 2017 BMW i8 0-60 mph takes a blistering 4.5 seconds – quick by conventional standards but overshadowed by other vehicles in its class.
Recharging can be done at home by either a 120-V or a 240-V power outlet. The 120-V takes about 3.5 hours to recharge a completely depleted battery, and about 1.5 hours with the 240-V power source.
EPA says the vehicle should be able to check in at 76 MPGe for its fuel economy ratings. The total driving range stands at 330 miles.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.2 in. (110.2 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 4.9 in. (184.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.5 in. (76.5 in.)
Passenger volume: ft³
Cargo volume: 4,7 ft³
Curb weight: 3455 lbs
Top Speed: 155 mph (hibryd), 75 mph (electric)
0-60: 3,6 sec (hibryd), 9,2 sec (electric)
MPG: 28/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Crystal White Pearl Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Sophisto Grey Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent and Sophisto Grey Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 BMW i8 Release Date & Price
Various rumors allege the i8 will most probably go for sale in the first quarter of 2017 with a starting price point of about $140,700 MSRP. Leasing details can be found online on BMW online forums.
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