2017 BMW i8 Review

2017 BMW i8 photo
  1. Original MSRP$143,400
  2. Fuel Economy80/72 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe

2017 BMW i8 Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 BMW i8 photo
  1. Original MSRP$143,400
  2. Fuel Economy80/72 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/20/2017)

An exotic car with a six-figure price tag and flamboyant sheet metal, the 2017 BMW i8 is for shoppers with deep pockets who don’t mind making a bold visual statement. The i8’s driving dynamics are superb, and it offers performance-oriented handling that’s also comfortable on everyday commutes.

The 2017 BMW i8 is a two-door exotic sports car that seats four. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid, and it comes in a single well-equipped trim.

For 2017, the BMW i8 adds a new Protonic Red Edition package, which includes unique wheels, special seats and Protonic Red exterior paint.


The 2017 BMW i8 isn’t for wallflowers, and its sheet metal is sure to attract attention. Its sinuous lines and taut surfaces give the car a thoroughly futuristic look, and its standard scissor doors underline its sporty nature. The i8’s doors and hood are crafted from lightweight aluminum, and the car speeds along on standard 20-inch wheels.

The list of standard features includes LED headlights and brake lights, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated power-folding side mirrors, high-gloss black mirror caps and a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof. BMW’s Laserlight headlamps are offered as an option, and these headlights use laser diodes to generate light that’s almost four times brighter than that of an LED.


The i8’s cabin is attractive, and it comes decked with recycled materials that are a fitting match for its green hybrid powertrain. The front seats are roomy, but the tiny rear seats are best reserved for luggage and personal items. In back, the i8’s trunk provides 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard features include heated six-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The list of interior options includes blue seatbelts and perforated upholstery.


On twisting mountain roads, the 2017 BMW i8 delivers the sharp handling you expect from an exotic, but this sports car is also comfortable enough to serve as a pleasant daily driver. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, and this setup provides total output of 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. The gas engine is governed by a six-speed automatic, while the electric motor uses a two-speed automatic transmission. Charging takes 3.5 hours with a 120-volt outlet and 1.5 hours with a 240-volt charger.

The i8 can travel for up to 15 miles solely on electric power, and it has an EPA rating of 76 MPGe with both the gas engine and electric motor factored in. When using just the gas engine, the i8 achieves mileage of 28 mpg combined city/highway.


The 2017 BMW i8 comes with navigation, HD radio, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, a surround-view camera, a full-color head-up display, an 8.8-inch display screen and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. All models are equipped with speed limit information as well as frontal collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian protection.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Sophisto Grey Metallic W/ BMW I Frozen Blue Accent
  • Sophisto Grey Metallic W/ Frozen Grey Accent
  • 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
  • Body style

  • Coupe
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Front Tire Type: 215/45r20
  • Front Wheel Diameter: 20.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Rear Tire Type: 245/40r20
  • Rear Wheel Diameter: 20.0 X 8.5 Inches
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Black
  • Rear Spoiler: Lip
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Grille Color: Black
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 76.5 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 4.6 Inches
  • Width: 87.3 Inches
  • Length: 184.9 Inches
  • Height: 50.8 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 110.2 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 67.8 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3455 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 64.7 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Air Filtration: Active Charcoal
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Alloy
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Upholstery: Leather
  • Upholstery Accents: Cloth
  • Passenger Seat: Heated
  • Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • Undefined Rear Seat
  • 6-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Driver Seat: Heated
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Watts: 360
  • Surround Sound
  • Total Speakers: 11
  • Hard Drive: 20GB
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Voice Operated
  • Subwoofer: 1
  • Premium Brand: Harman/kardon
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 81 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 4
  • Front Shoulder Room: 56.7 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 28.2 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 43.1 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.7 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 32.4 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 4
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 4.7 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 49.6 Inches
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Navigation App: Traffic Data
  • Navigation System: Hard Drive/Voice Operated
  • Phone: Hands Free
  • Real Time Traffic
  • Satellite Communications: BMW Assist
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth


  • Drivetrain

  • 4WD Type: on Demand
  • Axle Ratio: 3.68
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Fuel Efficiency

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City: 28
  • Highway: 29
  • Combined: 28
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 3 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 1.5
  • Horsepower: 357
  • Torque: 420
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 4.2
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.26
  • Turning Circle: 40.4
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Active Suspension
  • Suspension Control: Electronic
  • Front Struts
  • Driver Adjustable Suspension: Ride Control


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 48 Months/50000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 144 Months/0 Miles


Safety Features

  1. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  2. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  3. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  4. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  5. Crumple Zones: Front
  6. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  7. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  8. Parking Sensors: Front/rear
  9. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  10. Impact Sensor: Alert System/battery Disconnect/door Unlock/fuel Cut-off/post-collision Safety System
  11. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  12. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  13. Autonomous Braking
  14. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  15. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  16. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  17. Brake Assist: Standard
  18. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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