2017 BMW i8

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  • Impressive plug-in hybrid powertrain
  • Thrilling ride experience
  • Unique, flamboyant design


  • Rear row better suited to storage than seating

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What is new for the 2017 BMW i8?

  • Cloth Seats and Blind Spot Monitor features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Mega World trim now comes with Leather Seats as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 BMW i8

1. Exceptional performance

Given the fact it's a sports car, it should come as no surprise that one of the most obvious arguments in favor of the BMW i8 is its excellent performance. Equipped with a hybrid powertrain, the 2017 BMW i8 is an exciting car to drive and an ideal choice for performance enthusiasts. It's powered by a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine alongside a 7.1-kWh battery pack and two electric motors. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, with a two-speed automatic for the electric motors. This is enough for a total output of 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. This means the 2017 BMW i8 can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

2. Futuristic design

In addition to performance, the exterior design of the 2017 BMW i8 is something that makes it stand out from the crowd. When it was first introduced back in 2014, the i8 was hailed for its futuristic design, and that holds true for all models ever since. It's a stunning car with an original look that incorporates unique elements that are both functional and aesthetic in nature. Featuring a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body, the 2017 BMW i8 will instantly catch your eye with its gullwing doors that open upwards, as well as the 20-inch wheels, and air ducts between the taillights and the roof frame.

3. Advanced and sophisticated tech features

Looks and performance may seem like the most impressive things about the BMW i8, but it has many more appealing aspects, with technology being one of them. The 2017 BMW i8 comes standard with plenty of high-tech features that perfectly complement the cutting-edge design and the powerful performance of this sports car. For starters, it's equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen that you can use to access the BMW iDrive system, along with a head-up instrument display. Furthermore, it has a navigation system, Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system.

4. Plug-in hybrid system

In addition to sports car enthusiasts, the 2017 BMW i8 is a great choice for fuel-minded shoppers as well. The plug-in hybrid system involves efficient technology that results in good electric-only range and gas mileage. It has an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe, which includes 15 miles of all-electric range, along with a combined 28 mpg while running entirely on gas.

5. Comfortable and upscale interior

Once you're inside the 2017 BMW i8, you'll see that it's equally impressive as it is from the outside. The cabin is lined with naturally tanned leather combined with recycled materials to keep things light, giving you the typical sense of being in a luxury high-performance car. It's fitted with heated, power-adjustable front seats and driver-seat memory settings, and it also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control that helps make for an even more pleasant and comfortable riding experience.

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BMW i8 features and specs

Giga World 2WD 2D Coupe

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth

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Turbo Hybrid



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