€125,286 / £115,150
BMW PARK LANE
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Unique and futuristic design
Low Maintenance costs
Long range and power
Not much space inside
Styling options limited
The BMW i8 is a futuristic supercar that proves environmentally friendly hybrids needn’t be boring. A powerful turbocharged petrol engine and high-tech electric motor work together to deliver serious performance while some look-at-me styling makes sure you’ll get noticed everywhere from Kensington High Street to a Green Party conference.
The i8 first went on sale in 2014, but received a more powerful electric motor and a boosted electric range in 2018. The BMW’s bonkers styling remains unchanged, but it still looks more dramatic than the likes of the Honda NSX and Audi R8 – especially with the upwards-hinging doors spread wide open.
Things are a little less theatrical inside, but you still get a smart minimalist interior with loads of plush materials and a digital driver’s display instead of conventional dials as standard.
Unlike most supercars, the BMW i8 comes with four seats which help make it surprisingly easy to live with. Sure, there isn’t space in the 154-litre boot for a set of golf clubs, but it’s bigger than the load-bay you get in the Audi and there’s plenty of space in the BMW’s front seats for you to get comfy if you’re more than six-foot tall.
The BMW i8 is a real head turner and a futuristic supercar that back in 2014 gave us an insight into what the future of the will look like. A powerful turbocharged petrol engine and high-tech electric motor work simultaneously to deliver serious performance and breath taking accelerations. The i8 was first offered on sale top the public in 2014 and revolutionised automotive design as we knew it. Llater in 2018 was given a much needed revisit that included a more powerful electric motor and a longer electric range.
The BMW’s in terms of design managed to ace the look of this car. With its risk taking characteristics around exterior including a mixture of soft and harsh design elements with stunning floating lines they definitely managed to create a vehicle that since 2014 is still futuristic looking and beats other supercars such as the Audi R8 by miles. Considering I am still a child deep down the upwards-hinging doors are what really make It for me and everyone around you when you leave the car in public.
Now when looking inside at the interior after I just left a beautiful 2019 Audi A8 and jumped into this i8 I expected the futuristic look to continue throughout but unfortunately things are a little less theatrical inside.
Instead of matching other lines like the 7 series the i8 appears more like a wide version of an i3 with some strange materials that some might discuss are not the quality one expects. Anyhow the interior of the i8 also has the same principals as the i3 and sustainability is the dominating factor. All materials utalized are sustaibable and recycled making the future of the automotive industry greener one i8 at a time. Inside you will still get a smart minimalist interior with loads of plush materials and a digital driver’s display instead of conventional dials as standard.
Unlike most supercars, the BMW i8 Coupe which Is the version we ordered comes with four seats which help make it surprisingly easy to live with while other models such as the roadster will have only two, making it a bit more impractical. Sure, there isn’t space in the 154-litre boot for large luggage but it’s bigger than the load-bay you get in the Audi and there’s plenty of space in the BMW’s front seats for you to get comfy if you’re more than six-foot tall. In the back seats there is also sufficient space to fit two adults in a tights fit or two children comfortably
When one thinks about buying a supercar he/she starts to consider things like practicality and driving comfort that in most supercars like the McLaren or Audi R8 the drive is aggressive and harsh. It’s definitely fun but not suitable for everyday use but the i8 is more relaxing to drive than most conventional supercars and compares closely to the Mercedes S63 that we had this year. So why is the i8 so comfortable to drive? Well largely thank to its quiet electric motor and fairly comfortable suspension. Visibility is reasonably good, too, so it isn’t particularly difficult to drive around town or in our case central London and you don’t hear much annoying wind or tyre noise at motorway speeds.
If you decide to go more aggressive then you can easily Stick it in sport mode and things get really exciting from there. Engine noise is channeled inside the car through the harmon and Kardon Speaker system as well as outside the car to create a bit of a show ! We loved it ! It’s not quite as exhilarating as hearing a 5.2-litre V10 screaming away behind you like in an R8, but the instant shove from its electric motor means the BMW i8 will sprint from 0-62mph in a still-pretty-blooming-exciting 4.4 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche 911 .
A three-hour charge from a dedicated wall charger lets you cruise around almost silently for around 30 miles and at up to 75mph. Say for example you’re on a long trip or forget to charge and you’ve run out of electrical juice, the petrol engine chimes in automatically to push you along and recharge the batteries at the same time. Furthermore if you stay in sports mode then the petrol engine will charge your battery making the act of charging your car a thing of the past. This means that – unlike in many electric cars – you’ll never have to worry about range-anxiety in the BMW i8. Also helping put your mind at rest are the numerous safety features you get as standard, including automatic emergency braking.
So what is the situation with Parking and the i8. In all councils a joined plan to encourage hybrid and electric vehicles enforces a rule that you must only pay for around 5-10 minutes of your parking and after that you can remain parked as long as the parking bay regulation states for max amount of hours.
Another incredible fact about the i8 I didn’t know is that it doesn’t have a front trunk and only has one at the rear. It’s definitely leading in space size in comparison to other competitors like the R8 for example but I was disappointed about the lack of space at the front. When collecting my family from Heathrow airport we managed to fit a small trolley at the back and two bag packs .
Don’t forget that this car somehow has two spacious back seats that can easily accommodate two adults in a tight fit or two children with comfort. Likewise any luggage does just fine at the back. What is an issue I found with the trunk is that groceries are not a good idea to place there as the temperatures it reaches were very high due to the way the car is designed so all groceries would go stale including my 12 year old brothers ice-cream that melted resulting in him refusing to talk to me for a day ….
When I sat inside the first thing I noticed was the strange manoeuvres I needed to make to get into the vehicle. Definitely not a car you want to be driving if you’re wearing a skirt. Once I adjusted my driving position and all my bluetooth connections I wanted to start driving… but not in eco mode, I wanted to take a good fast spin around London and see what this car can do while traffic wasn’t bad. Will you believe me if I said I could not find how to insert sports mode for at least an hour. I was wondering to myself that such car has to have sports driving mode and that it’s impossible that it doesn’t but I just couldn’t find the button.
Where in my previous BMWs I had eco mode, comfort and sports in this car there was an empty spot instead of sports. Then thanks a revelation came thanks to a neighbour of mine that owns one that you need to shift the gear to the left as if going into manual mode and then the engine sounds kick in and you’re on a roll…. In sports mode. It screams like your driving a 6 cylinder when instead you’re driving an engine same at the 1.5L Mini engine. All the artificial sounds injected into the cabin really give it that kick and managed to captivate me.