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Brand New BMW I8 2dr Auto

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From £125,759
£9999 deposit
£1399 per month

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Fuel consumption and range20GB Hard drive
Apple CarPlay preparationAverage speed gauge
BMW display keyBoot release from drivers seat
Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCheck control system
ClockCondition based service
Connected drive servicesConnected eDrive Services
Cruise control with brake functionElectric power steering
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless chargingFront/rear park distance control
Head up DisplayiDrive controller and gear selector in ceramic black
iDrive Touch Controller with 8.8" colour displayJourney computer
Luggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote controlMultifunctional instrument panel
Navigation System Professional MultimediaOn board computer
On-board diagnosis - OBDOutside temperature display
Personal ProfileService interval indicator
Stop/start buttonVariable Damper Control
Wifi hotspot preparation 


Aux inputBMW professional radio
DAB Digital radioDigital sound system
Favourite buttonsHarman/Kardon loudspeaker system
Online entertainmentWi-Fi hot spot

Exterior Features

Aluminium bonnet in two tone body colour and high gloss blackAuto dimming door mirrors
Auto dimming rear view mirrorBlack high gloss door frame
Body colour bumpersBody colour door mirrors
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrorsDynamic brake lights
Electric + heated aspheric door mirrorsElectric folding door mirrors
Electric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facilityFogging sensor for front windscreen
Fuel filler capGreen tinted heat insulating glass
Headlight washersHeated windscreen washer jets
High gloss black kidney grilleLED welcome home lights
Lightweight engineering with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body structureModel designation
Rain sensor with auto light activation systemRemote control electric soft-top
Satin aluminium exterior trimTwin exhaust tailpipe

Interior Features

12V power outletsAdjustable steering column
Ambient interior lightingAnthracite Velour floor mats
Auxiliary air conditioningCup holders
Dual zone automatic air conditioningElectric front seats + driver memory
Extended storageFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front footwell lightsFront seat back storage pockets
GloveboxHeated front seats
Integrated front head restraintsLED reading lights
Map pocketsPassenger footwell storage net
Rear coat hooksRemovable load compartment cover
Sport multifunction leather steering wheel in black with satin silver accent with gearshift paddlesStorage boxes behind seats
Storage netsSunvisors with vanity mirrors
Welcome lighting 


ConnectedDrive Services pack - i8Driving assistant pack - i8


ABS/EBDBrake drying
Brake fade compensationBrake pretensioning
CBC - (Cornering brake control)Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Deformation zones front and rearDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbagsDSC - Dynamic Stability Control
DSC+Dual horn
Dynamic brake controlDynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electromechanical parking brakeFront and rear head airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivationFront seatbelt force limiters
Front seatbelt pretensionerFront/rear disc brakes
Fuel supply cut offGloss Black brake calipers
Hill start assistPassenger occupancy sensor
Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limitersTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit 


Comfort access systemEngine immobiliser
Key integrated remote control central lockingKeyless ignition
Locking wheel boltsRemote control Thatcham category 1 alarm


Double wishbone suspensionDrive Performance Control
Multi-link rear suspensionPetrol Particulate Filter
Sport mode 


Carbon fibre interior trim finishersCeramic finish for controls
Leather instrument panel 


Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh9.4Battery Charge Slow kW2.4
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-80Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)180
Battery Charge Fast kW3.7Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)120Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km11.9
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles23 

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)46Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max50WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min51

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio9.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB38K15T0Engine LayoutREAR TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)141.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max2.2WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min2.2
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max128.4WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min128.4


Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.5
Badge Power374Generation Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750EService Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)4.6Engine Power - BHP374
Engine Power - KW275Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5800Engine Torque - LBS.FT420
Engine Torque - MKG58.1Engine Torque - NM570
Engine Torque - RPM3700Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleW SPOKE STYLE 470Wheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2218 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42Gross Vehicle Weight1900
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)88Max. Loading Weight305
Minimum Kerbweight1595No. of Seats2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.3
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW i8 Roadster

The BMW i8 Roadster re-defines the art of open-topped sports car design. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

The BMW i8 re-defines the art of sports car design - both technologically and aesthetically in this Roadster guise. It may not be the ultimate contender of its kind to drive but it could well be the ultimate model of this type to own. This is, after all, a plug-in petrol/electric hybrid super sports car that runs silently on its battery in the morning commute, yet can transform itself into a high performance GT when you're in the mood.


You're looking at the future of open-topped sports cars, one that's light, strong, very fast and more than able to justify its position on the planet. Welcome to BMW's revolutionary i8 Roadster. Originally, BMW designed the i8 as a Coupe, but showed a Spyder concept version at the Beijing Motorshow in 2012 to see if there would be enough customer interest in an open-topped version. There was and when the design team removed the roof of a fixed-top model and found the carbon fibre chassis easily stiff enough to support a convertible format, the Munich maker gave the green light for production. Following which the i8 Roadster was launched in the Spring of 2018. It arrived on the market at the same time as the i8 Coupe was receiving a significant update and the technical changes, shared here, have been enough to further distance this i8 from its conventional super sports car rivals. In this Roadster form, you get an extra element of exotic desirability.

Driving Experience

The i8 Roadster is something quite new: a super sports car that promises you the thrill of high performance open-topped motoring, but with near silent aural accompaniment from its electrically-assisted powertrain. That's the case when you drive this car in one of its 'eDrive' modes anyway, which work at speeds of up to 75mph and deliver top-down progress that amplifies the sights, sounds and smells of the world around you. As in the Coupe version of this model, the electric motor's sited up-front, drawing charge from a high voltage lithium-ion battery that powers the front wheels through a dedicated two-speed auto gearbox. This set-up works in concert with a tiny MINI-sourced 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol powerplant sited in a mid-engined format behind the back seats, simultaneously driving the rear wheels via another auto gearbox, this a more conventional one with 6-speeds. This improved i8 is more efficient, but you won't be buying this BMW primarily for that. It's a super sports car after all. Which means that as soon as possible, you're going to want to click out of the standard 'Comfort' and 'ECO PRO' driving modes and snick the auto gear lever to its left hand 'Sport' setting to see what this i8 can do. As the dashboard graphics flash orange, the engine will fire up if it hasn't already, chiming in with power to the rear wheels that supplants the torque already being developed by the electric motor for those at the front. The result is 4WD traction and some serious pep, 62mph from rest achievable in just 4.6s on the way to a maximum speed that must be reined in at 155mph. The ride is rather firm, despite the standard variable damping system, and the steering could use a touch more feedback, so you don't get the trackday feel of a rival 911 or AMG-GT. In compensation though, this BMW is arguably a better highway cruiser. And on twisting secondaries, if you lower your corner entry speed a fraction, you can apply power deliciously early through the turn. That delivers an immensely satisfying feel of instant electric motor thrust which, combined with four wheel traction, makes this BMW an exceptionally quick point-to-point B road blaster.

Design and Build

Even standing still, there's a sense of theatre about this i8, with a riot of complex surface treatments, contrasting colours, sharp creases and scalloped sills. For this Roadster version, BMW has revised this car's distinctive dihedral doors to integrate frameless windows and better fit with the new roof arrangement. It's a fabric top that activates in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, folds in a Z-shape and stows vertically in the space where tiny back seats would be in the Coupe model, nestling between the rear bulkhead and the mid-rear-mounted combustion engine. In the cabin, you'll find the styling as futuristic as it was outside, the curved, layered dash made up of overlapping three-dimensional segments and complemented by contrasting colours. Cocooned yet surprisingly roomy, the driver-focused cockpit envelopes you with slender blue-stitched leather sports seats, re-designed as part of a package of mid-term updates that also includes the standard inclusion of these carbon fibre trimming panels and the addition of touchscreen functionality for the 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment monitor positioned at the top of the dash. Most arresting though, is the display you view through the grippy three-spoke wheel, a sci-fi-style screen, also 8.8-inches in size, which delivers range readings for fuel and battery power below two circular digital dials that change in colour depending on the driving mode you select. You don't get the little rear seats you'd get in the Coupe version, but BMW has carved out 100-litres of storage space behind the front seats in compensation. Which is just as well because the boot you get out-back is only 84-litres in size.

Market and Model

BMW expects this open-topped i8 model to outsell its fixed-top stablemate at a rate of three to one, despite the fact that this car comes at quite a premium in its Roadster guise. At the time of this test, in Spring 2019, the £127,000 asking price represented a £12,000 premium over the Coupe model. It now seems a long time since the 2014 i8 launch when, with the aid of a government grant that's no longer offered, the Coupe version of this model could be yours for nearly dead-on £100,000. Both body styles come in a single plug-in petrol-electric hybrid specification and one auto-only 6-speed paddleshift gearbox. Standard equipment includes Adaptive LED headlights and gorgeous 20-inch 'W-spoke'-style 470-series light alloy wheels. The retractable soft top roof and the innovative Dihedral doors will doubtless be car park talking points too, while those who look a bit closer will note the high gloss black blue-accented brake callipers. Metallic paint is standard and the main i8 exterior colour choices - pearl-effect 'Crystal White', 'E-Copper', 'Donnington Grey' or, as in this case, 'Sophisto Grey' - all come with contrasting colour panels in areas like the bonnet. And 'Frozen Grey' metallic accent surfaces on the side skirts, at the rear and on the front kidney grille surround. Inside, there's leather not only for the grippy heated electric sports seats but also for the dash binnacle, as part of what BMW calls its 'Carpo' 'interior world' package. Plus you get the brand's 'Carbon Fibre Interior Trim' package, which uses that finishing for the dashboard inlay, the centre console and the door handles.

Cost of Ownership

Revisions to the i8 have delivered a more densely-packed version of the original model's lithium-ion battery, which offers greater capacity (raised from 20 to 34Ah) and uses fourth-generation cells that increase energy output from 7.1 to 11.6kWh. As a result, this car's all-electric driving range has been increased by nearly 50% - it's WLTP-rated at 32 miles in the case of this Roadster variant. That's providing the battery's fully charged, a process which takes just under three hours when the car's plugged into the BMW i Wallbox that if you own this model, you'll want to install in your oak-framed garage. Electrical assistance does wonders for efficiency of course. The unrealistic quoted WLTP fuel figure is 128.4mpg on the combined cycle and there's an NEDC2-rated 46g/km of CO2 reading that equates to a Benefit-in-Kind taxation rate of just 13%. Of course, you'll also need to take into account the cost of the electricity you'll be using to power that uprated battery. Your electricity costs will obviously vary, depending on your supplier and when and where you choose to charge, but as a rough guide, by our calculations, 100 miles of full EV motoring in this car would probably set you back around £8 in electricity charges.


Like its coupe counterpart, this i8 Roadster offers a fundamentally different interpretation of what a super sports car can be. At the wheel of one of these, high performance motoring is no longer an ecological embarrassment but an expression of futuristic fascination. In an i8, more than any other car of its kind, driving enjoyment and planet-friendly performance at last meet in unison. It's a very special blend and in Roadster form, a beautiful piece of pavement theatre. Hybrid power may ultimately be the wrong direction for all our automotive futures, but like it or not, we're going there, so let's have some fun on the way. The i8 brings us that - particularly in this Roadster form - and delivers much more besides. Nothing else we can think of in this segment is so striking, surprising and sensational, yet so ultimately sensible in what it sets out to offer. It's a landmark car: nothing more, nothing less. And an incredible achievement.


* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards. Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Charging station data is provided by NCPRNational Charge Point Registry UK

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£1399
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate2.9%
Cash price£125,759
Credit amount£90,602.81
Guaranteed future value£40,004.98
Total amount payable£142,260.17
BMW deposit£26,503.19
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge21.88p per mile
Representative APR5.9%
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