BMW i8 Coupé and Roadster Birds-eye view

THE BMW i8.


Boasting BMW’s eDrive technology and intelligent energy management, the BMW i8 delivered an electric driving experience that was truly original. Available at first as a coupé in 2012  and then additionally as a roadster in 2018, they were a sign of great things to come for BMW.

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THE BMW i8.

LIFEDRIVE ARCHITECTURE.

BMW i8 Coupé chassis

What makes both BMW i8 models unique is the exceptional lightweight concept called LifeDrive architecture. It consists of the Drive module – an aluminium chassis – and the Life module – an ultralight passenger compartment made of high-strength carbon-fibre. Together they create sustainability and perfect weight balance, and deliver unmatched sportiness.

THE i8 COUPÉ.

The BMW i8 Coupé had all the characteristics of a full-blooded sports car with its long wheelbase, short overhangs and a solid posture. The entire shape and form followed the BMW i design philosophy, including the V-shaped black belt. The unmistakable design element ran from the front, over the roof, to the rear. A stream flow approach incorporated redesigned Aero Curtains, U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights and LED rear lights, and of course the prominent double kidney grille.
BMW i8 Coupé front 3/4 view

GEARED TO GO.

Man sitting in a BMW i8 Coupé

The award-winning BMW i8 Coupé with its iconic design is a truly revolutionary vehicle. Boasting an electric motor combined with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, allowing for acceleration from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, and the unique LifeDrive architecture for sublime weight distribution, it delivered a new sense of freedom.

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:

BMW i8 Coupé dihedral doors

Dihedral doors.

The elegantly-hinged dihedral doors move forwards and upwards, and emphasised the vehicle’s sporty appearance. The generously proportioned door cut-outs also made access easier.
BMW i8 Coupé rear lights

Characteristic rear lights.

The LED rear lights were designed in BMW i typical icon graphics and contributed considerably to the overall design of the BMW i8 Coupé.
BMW i8 Coupé alloy wheels

Striking light-alloy wheels.

Attracting attention were the standard 20” BMW i wheels W-Spoke style 470 or the optional 20” BMW i light-alloy wheels with 516 radial spoke design in Bicolor.

DETAILS:

BMW i8 Coupé charging

Production: 2014 - 2020
Engines: Three-cylinder engine, Combined output: 2014 - 2018: 357 hp, 2018 - 2020 369 hp
Length/Height/Width (incl. mirrors): 4,689mm / 1,291mm / 2,218mm

THE i8 ROADSTER.

Launched in 2018, the BMW i8 Roadster was futuristic right down to the last detail. Its imposing lightweight carbon-fibre dihedral doors were combined perfectly with the exclusive all-electric soft top (convertible) roof for maximum effect. The distinctive V-shaped black belt stretched along the entire car, underscoring its seductive low-hung silhouette. Eye-catching design features included the new Carpo interior trim available in Ivory White/Black, which could be applied to the contour lines of the doors, the steering wheel and much more.
BMW i8 Roadster front 3/4 view

PURE PERFORMANCE.

BMW i8 Roadster 3/4 rear view in motion

The award-winning BMW i8 Coupé with its iconic design is a truly revolutionary vehicle. Boasting an electric motor combined with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, allowing for acceleration from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, and the unique LifeDrive architecture for sublime weight distribution, it delivered a new sense of freedom.

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS:

BMW i8 Roadster side view

Exclusive soft top roof.

The BMW i8 Roadster roof could be fully and automatically retracted quietly in just 16 seconds – and up to driving speeds of 31mph.
BMW i8 Roadster rear 3/4 view

Dihedral doors.

The elegantly-hinged dihedral doors move forwards and upwards, and emphasised the vehicle’s sporty appearance. The generously proportioned door cut-outs also made access easier.
BMW i8 Roadster rear lights

Characteristic rear lights.

The LED rear lights were designed in BMW i typical icon graphics and contribute considerably to the overall design of the BMW i8 Roadster.
BMW i8 Roadster wheels

Striking light-alloy wheels.

Adding more style were the standard 20” BMW i wheels W-Spoke style 470 or the optional 20” BMW i light-alloy wheels with 516 radial spoke design in Bicolor.
BMW i8 Roadster front

Aerodynamic front.

To enhance aerodynamics, the BMW i8 Roadster featured an improved bonnet vent that allows air to flow over the roof.
BMW i8 Roadster front

Spectacular lighting range.

In laser high-beam mode, the optional BMW Laserlights illuminated a range of up to 600m, nearly twice as far as conventional LED headlights. This improved safety by enhancing visibility.

DETAILS:

Man sitting in a BMW i8 Roadster side view

Production: 2018 - 2020
Engines: Three-cylinder engine, combined output - 369 hp
Length/Height/Width (incl. mirrors): 4,689mm / 1,289mm/ 2,218mm

For more information on the BMW i8 models, take a look at some of the previous articles by clicking here.