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Brand New BMW I8 [374] 2dr Auto

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From £115,105
£9999 deposit
£1199 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 telephone functionality with USB audio interface + voice controlFront/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


Aux inputBMW professional radio
DAB Digital radioDigital sound system
Favourite buttonsHarman/Kardon loudspeaker system
Online entertainment 

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 grilleHigh gloss black roof
LED welcome home lightsLightweight engineering with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body structure
Model designationRain sensor with auto light activation system
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 conditioningElectrically adjustable front seats
Extended storageFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front footwell lightsFront seat back storage pockets
GloveboxHeated front seats
Integrated front head restraintsIsofix attachments on rear seats
LED reading lightsPassenger footwell storage net
Rear coat hooksRemovable load compartment cover
Sport multifunction leather steering wheel in black with satin silver accent with gearshift paddlesStorage nets
Sunvisors with vanity mirrorsWelcome 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)42Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max49WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min49

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)158.9EC 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)4.4Engine 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 Weight1870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)154Max. Loading Weight335
Minimum Kerbweight1535No. of Seats4
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 Coupe

The i8 Coupe is BMW's vision of the future of high performance sports car motoring - and now they've further improved it. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The improved BMW i8 Coupe is a hybrid supercar now capable of delivering a 374hp punch if provoked. Alternatively, it can glide noiselessly along on pure electric power with an even greater all-electric range. The quoted fuel economy figures need taking with a grain of salt but if you wanted a vision of the future of sports cars, you're looking at it right here.


Right from its launch in 2014, the BMW i8 has set a fresh course for what a high performance sportscar really ought to be. It's paraded as a paradigm shift in sports car development. A car that makes existing petrol-powered coupes look about as cutting edge as a video cassette recorder. Well now BMW has improved it. First by offering buyers the option of an expensive open-topped Roadster version. And second, by using the latest technology to considerably enhance the hybrid powertrain, which features on the Coupe derivative that's our focus here. There's now more power, more torque, great economy and cleanliness, plus the all-electric driving range can now be as much as 32 miles. There's a very high price to pay for all this technology of course but, as BMW is quick to point out, no other car in this class can offer anything like this. Here's proof that 1.5-litres of internal combustion and a battery pack deserves to be taken extremely seriously.

Driving Experience

There's more performance on offer from this revised model. The MINI Cooper-derived three cylinder 1.5-litre engine now puts out 231hp. At the same time, the energy capacity of the lithium-ion battery it works alongside has increased from 20Ah to 34Ah, creating an improved net energy capacity of 11.6kWh. That's made it possible to raise the electric motor's power output to 143hp. All of this means that the combined electric motor and engine ouput is now 374hp (previously it was 357hp). And that's a lot in a sportscar weighing less than 1.5-tonnes. 62mph from rest now takes just 4.4s in the Coupe. The top speed, as before, is rather pointlessly pegged at 155mph. As you might expect, the i8 has a number of tricks up its sleeve. In eDRive mode, it's a front-wheel drive electrically powered vehicle with an improved range of 32 miles. Select Comfort mode and the i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a range of over 300 miles. Choose Sport mode by slotting a small lever from 'D' to 'S' and the i8 goes feral, the petrol engine and motor double-teaming to really bring the excitement. The damping will tighten, the power assistance for the steering will taper off and the software will juggle the torque split for maximum entertainment. There'll be some artificial noise piped into the cabin but it should sound good. The six-speed 'automatic transmission has been chosen over the ZF eight-speeder to save weight but it's a good unit. The calibration of the braking between regenerative and mechanical is something many manufacturers should benchmark. The i8's centre of gravity is admirably low, but the 215/45 R20 front tyres have been chosen as much for their green credentials as anything else and will be the first thing to lapse into gentle understeer if you manhandle the car. Wider tyres are optionally available as long as you don't mind a small economy trade off. Keen drivers should certainly tick that box.

Design and Build

The i8 Coupe still looks like no other car. It's sleek and clean in its detailing and features beetle-wing upwards opening doors. I can't think of another rival in its price bracket that offers quite so much visual drama. Given that you could easily blow a similar £110k budget on a Porsche 911 Carrera, the BMW moves the game on. Suddenly Audi's R8, a car that once looked so bold, looks a bit under-baked. The i8's rear end is particularly unusual, with no visible exhausts and what looks to be the tail of a Porsche 911 being enveloped by the plastic bodywork. Once you see it, you won't be able to forget it. The i8 keeps its kerb weights low thanks to a body that's a mix of carbon fibre and aluminium. The chassis is aluminium and the upper 'Life' passenger cell is carbon but BMW hasn't gone all race-tech and stripped-out. Coupe buyers tend to value the small rear seats too. As for the rest of the cabin, well even if you hid the badges, the smooth sweep of the dashboard and the excellent ergonomics clearly bear Munich's mark. The dash is an LED virtual screen with another display popping up from the dash roll top. It's very nicely executed but surprisingly, not as adventurous as the humbler i3 hatch. Practicalities include a 42-litre fuel tank, a 12.3 metres turning circle and, in the Coupe, a rather puny 154-litre boot.

Market and Model

BMW quotes a list price of around £115,000 for the i8 Coupe - around £12,000 less than the price of an i8 Roadster. Whether or not that strikes you as a bargain very much depends on what you want the car to do. If you want it to rip up mountain switchbacks like a 911 GTS, you're going to be a bit disappointed. The i8 isn't that sort of hooligan. If, on the other hand, you appreciate the technology, its straight line urge and the amazing feeling of rolling along in pure electric mode, then the futuristic styling and sheer presence of the i8 makes it seem a veritable bargain. As much as I love taking a car by the scruff of the neck and detest the typical supercar poseur, I find myself warming to the i8. There's a cerebral quality to it that's missing from so many thud and blunder supercars. What are you really going to compare it with? Only Tesla's Model S really gets close and that's more of a luxury saloon.

Cost of Ownership

The running costs of the BMW i8 are going to be tough to gauge. The quoted fuel economy figures - now quoted at 128.4mpg for the Coupe on the WLTP cycle - are clearly a nonsense, but it's not BMW's fault, instead being due to a shortcoming of the NEDC test which doesn't really cater for hybrid vehicles at all well. But how do you measure the economy in any case? After all, this is a vehicle you can plug in to an ordinary wall socket and charge to full capacity in less than four and a half hours (it charges from a BMW i Wallbox in under three). If you had a ten mile journey to work each day, you'd never put any fuel into it. Thanks to this improved model's updated 34Ah battery, it will cover up to 33 miles in all-electric mode. The emissions figure (quoted at 42g/km for the Coupe on the NEDC cycle) also means that you won't have to worry about buying road tax or, if you're lucky enough to get one on the firm, the benefit in kind taxation will be pleasantly low. Residual values are similarly tough to calculate. That's largely because this technology moves quickly. The i8 might be a jaw-dropping feat of engineering today, but in three or five years time, the game may have moved on. Working in its favour is that many owners of supercars just don't care. They want the latest and greatest and for many, the i8 is going to represent just that.


The BMW i8 remains an utterly fascinating vehicle. There's no doubt that this technology affords us a vision of the future. It certainly makes many of its more conventional rivals look positively quaint. Where the i8 is even more special is in the way that it normalises this brain-bending complexity. It's beautifully-finished and comes with a warranty just like any other BMW product. It doesn't impose itself on you. Yes, it's fearsomely fast in a straight line but the i8 is no B-road brawler. That model may well come and it will probably come from BMW, but here's something that's a bit more refined and looks set to change the way we think about this sort of high performance contender. You might not have ever believed that a car with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine could command a six-figure price tag. The i8 does that yet still seems a bargain. It's an incredible achievement.


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

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Charging station data is provided by NCPRNational Charge Point Registry UK

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£1199
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate2.9%
Cash price£115,105
Credit amount£78,961.90
Guaranteed future value£35,928.05
Total amount payable£128,424.15
BMW deposit£26,114.10
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge19.47p per mile
Representative APR5.9%
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