The BMW i8 is not the manufacturers first entry into this section of the car leasing market, however it is the best so far. Taking inspiration from BMW previous models such as the M1 and Z8, the I8 stands itself in good stead with these as predecessors.
The engine in the BMW i8 is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol which has 228 bhp, this drives both the rear wheels and an internal electric motor. This hybrid synchronous’ electric motor drives the vehicles front wheels and puts out 129 bhp. That makes for a staggering 357bhp. The i8 has good get up and go from a standing start thanks to the instant torque available from the electric motor and performs well at motorway speeds thanks to the 1.5 turbo engine.
The interior of the i8 wont feel unfamiliar if you’ve sat in a BMW before, however it does feel unique to the i8. This car really does feel like a sports car thanks to its low and long driving positioning and high windows, making you feel poised and ready to go.
Standard equipment on the i8 is as follows with DAB radio, climate control, cruise control with a braking function, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a heads-up display, tyre pressure monitoring, electrically adjusted and heated front seats, variable damper control, front and rear parking sensors as well as an 8.8-inch media system display.