1 Variants

Last Recorded Price
2.62 Crore

BMW i8 Overview

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Fuel Type







550 - 0 KM/L

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Tank Capacity

42.0 L



4 Seater




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i8 Specifications & Features

Explore an in-depth overview of the BMW i8 specifications and features, offering comprehensive details on its engine choices, fuel efficiency, torque, power, transmission, dimensions, and trunk capacity. Additionally, gain insights into the car's advanced safety features and infotainment system.

Engine CC

1499 CC




550 - 0 KM/L

Max Torque

250 Nm

Max Power

228 bhp




4689 mm /1942 mm /1291 mm

Boot Space

154 L

  • c&b iconChild Safety Lock
  • c&b iconKeyless Entry
  • c&b iconAirbags
  • c&b iconABS
  • c&b iconRear Parking Sensors
  • c&b iconRear Parking Camera
  • c&b iconUSB Support
  • c&b iconBluetooth Support
  • c&b iconSteering Mounted Audio

What's New?

The futuristic sports car from BMW uses a 1.5 litre, three cylinder, engine borrowed from new generation Mini Cooper hatchback. The mighty engine develops substantial power and is placed transversely on the rear axle mated to a six-speed auto box directing power to rear wheels.  While the electric motor sits in front adding to the massive power output, drive is channelized to front wheels via a 2 stage automatic unit.

The futuristic sports car from BMW uses a 1.5 litre, three cylinder, engine borrowed from new generation Mini Cooper hatchback. The mighty engine develops substantial power and is placed transversely on the rear axle mated to a six-speed auto box directing power to rear wheels.  While the electric motor sits in front adding to the massive power output, drive is channelized to front wheels via a 2 stage automatic unit. BMW’s hybrid sports car i8 is the highest selling plug-in hybrid sports car in the world chipping in good numbers every month globally. Launched in India in 2015, the hybrid sports car was introduced in international markets much before in 2014 and is currently being retailed at Rs 2.62 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) in Indian market. 

BMW i8 Exteriors

The revolutionary design is marked by i8’s low stance that blends well with the wide low slung bonnet featuring sharp creases. BMW’s signature kidney-shaped grille is flanked by long pulled back head lamps. Side profile gets tapering glass work and prominent character lines with supporting creases. Rear has a futuristic design lending individuality to the sports car. 

BMW i8 Interiors

Ingress via butterfly doors leads to the sporty cabin that comes with a low dashboard and low roofline. The futuristic approach is quite evident inside the cabin; a large display screen sits on the top of the petite centre console that flows seamlessly into the long floor console. Offering space for four people, i8 cabin has enough room and packs in avant-garde features. 

BMW i8 Engine Specifications & Transmission

Powering the hybrid sports car is a 1.5 litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine producing 231hp of power and 320Nm of torque. Mated to a six-speed auto gearbox, the power is directed to rear axle and there is an electric motor in front putting out 131hp and 250Nm. A two stage auto box is synced to the electric motor that channelizes power to front wheels. 

BMW i8 Features

Exterior features on board include electrically adjustable ORVMs with automatic anti-dazzle function, heat protecting glazing, LED headlamps with extended contents, locking wheel bolts, rain sensor and automatically activated driving lights. Cabin offers foldable front armrest with integrated storage compartment, automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control, multifunction sports steering electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat among others. 

BMW i8 Performance & Mileage

With an accrued output of 362hp and 570Nm, i8 propels to 100kmph mark within 4.4 seconds. In all electric mode, the vehicle offers top speed of 120km/h and is claimed to cover 37 km of range. 

BMW i8 Accessories & Infotainment

Among the plethora of high-end features i8 offers, 4-side view and side view cameras with object recognition, BMW Apps. Head-Up display, extended Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice control, office functions and contact photo display, HiFi loudspeaker system Harman Kardon, navigation system professional with 3D maps and iDrive touch controller with handwriting recognition with 26cm full colour display etc are included. 

BMW i8 Braking & Handling

Braking features aboard are anti-lock-braking system, cornering brake control, electric parking brake and dynamic stability control including traction control. 

BMW i8 Safety & Security

The hybrid sports car gets airbags in front for driver and front passenger, head bags are provided for all four outer seats and side bags for driver and co-passengers. 

BMW i8 Wheels & Tyres

20 inch alloy wheels are shod with large tyres measuring 195/50mm & 215/45mm in front and 215/45 & 245/40 at rear.

BMW i8 Competition

The high priced sports car segment in India has very few contenders and BMW i8 faces competition from Audi R8.

Expert Review on BMW i8

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The BMW i8 needs little introduction, and the hybrid sports car apparently looks like it has come all the way from the future. The car comes in a single Hybrid variant, with 4 colour options- Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Crystal White Pearl Effect, Ionic Silver, and Protonic Blue. The car comes with an automatic transmission and returns a mileage of 47.45Km/L.

How’s the design?

Coming to design, the BMW i8 features a futuristic sports car look, and uses a 3-cylinder, 1.5litre, engine, which is borrowed from new generation Mini Cooper Hatchback. The revolutionary design of the car is marked by its low stance, which happens to blend very well with the low, wide slung bonnet, which comes with a sharp crease. The signature kidney-shaped grille of the BMW i8 is flanked by headlamps, which are long pulled-back. The side profile of the car also exhibits a premium design, with tampering glass work as well as prominent character lines which are paired with supporting creases. The rear of the car also has a futuristic design, as though it is straight out of a sci-fi movie. The car appears to be angular, with cool blades and winglets, which are exclusively present for style, however, there are aero-benefits with these features.

How does it perform?

Engine Type Displacement/ capacity Power Torque
1.5 Litre 1499cc 369 hp 420 lb-ft

The overall performance of the BMW i8 is certainly impressive. Besides speed, there are many other tech features, grabbing the attention of the riders towards the high-end-plug-in hybrid car. These specifications and features are no less important, and the e-driver motor of the BMW i8 is powered by a “116 kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery pack”, and it takes only about 3 hours for the car to get 100% charged. The fuel economy estimated by EPA is identical to the Roadster and 2020 BMW i8 Coupe. The drivers would be able to enjoy 69MPGe on highways. The BMW i8 features a ‘Dynamic Driving Control’ with Eco, eDrive, Pro, Sport and Comfort modes. The BMW i8 is able to reach 155mph, its electronically limited top-speed. After all, the exceptional performance of the vehicle has proved that forward-thinking design and exhilarating power really go together.

How’s the mileage?

As claimed by ARAI, the Hybrid BMW i8 is able to return a mileage of 47.45Km/L

How’s the driving experience?

The BMW i8 appears to be a lovely car to drive, yet, there are certain aspects lacking in this car. It commands attention and hugs the road while driving. It is thrilling in a manner which only a few cars can achieve without speed. It is quick for certain, but would not set quarter-mile times or track records. It only gives a great feeling while driving. Anyone looking for speed while driving would rather go for a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Nissan GT-R, than the BMW i8. However, for daily driving, the BMW i8 shines. The visibility of the car is good, with a comfortable sitting position, and therefore, it is easier for the driver to manoeuvre the traffic. On a bad road, the car may bounce a bit, but it is certainly not a dead killer.

How is its off-road capability?

Yes, the BMW i8 comes with a good off-road capability like all other BMW cars. The car is believed to be ideal for rough terrain and even for snow. However, it is not very smart to take the car to the mountain, because it does not feature the X-Drive Mode, even though it comes with the Hill-Assist feature. Furthermore, the car is believed to be almost perfect for long-distance driving, as it comes with responsive handling, along with creamy acceleration, and usable controls, which are paired with comfortable seats.

What’s the interior like?

Ingress through butterfly doors leads to the car’s sporty cabin, which features a low roofline as well as a low dashboard. Therefore, the futuristic approach of the BMW i8 interior is quite visible from what is inside the cabin. Inside the car, a large display screen is positioned right at the top of the petite centre console, which smoothly flows into the long floor console. It comes with adequate space for four adults including the driver. There is adequate room inside the i8 cabin, which is packed with avant-garde features. The interior appears to be more restrained than that of the bonkers exterior. There are plenty of brushed aluminium trims on the doors as well as on the dashboard, with supple leather along with two high-resolution digital displays. However, it does not give the feeling of a sportier cabin, which a driver can get in an Audi R8. The rotary iDrive controller, gear lever and some dashboard switches appear identical to that of the 1 series.

Tech and infotainment

Some of the tech and infotainment found in the BMW i8 include:

  • Airbags
  • ABS
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Hill Assist
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Power Door Lock
  • Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Programs
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Side Airbags
  • Central Locking
  • Headlamp Beam Adjuster
  • Automatic Headlamp
  • Side Airbags
  • Traditional Control
  • Turn Indicators on ORVM
  • Child Safety Lock

Safety Equipment

For safety, the car features airbags at the front for the front passenger and for the driver as well. The car even comes with head bags for all the four outer seats as well as side-bags for co-passenger and driver.

Which variant to buy?

The Hybrid i8 comes in a Petrol and Automatic Hybrid Variant. Over the years, this variant has gained much popularity and it comes with standard tech features to ensure the safety of the passengers as well as the driver.

Which cars compete in this segment?

The other cars competing in the same segment as the BMW i8 include Porsche 718 Boxster, Chevrolet C8 Corvette, 2020 Lexus LC, Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2020 Audi R8, 2020 Toyota Supra and so on.

Verdict (Value for money)

For its price, there is a lot more to expect from the BMW i8 and the other supercars like Porsche 911 Turbo S and 2020 Audi R8 delivered an even better performance. However, the BMW i8 feels good to drive and it is a treat for the eyes as well. The car does not only support long-drives, but it is also used for daily commuting. So, it is indeed a value for money.

BMW i8 Price List (Variant Wise)

BMW i8 Ex-Showroom price ranges from 2.62 Crore. BMW offers i8 in 1 variants. The top variant of i8 is and the base variant is Hybrid.


Last Recorded Price

i8 Hybrid
₹ 2.62 Crore
1499 CC, Hybrid, 47.5 KM/L, Automatic

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BMW i8 Mileage

98 %
Better mileage than other Coupe
42.0 L Fuel Tank Capacity

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i8 Colour Options

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BMW i8 is available in 4 different colors namely Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Ionic Silver, Crystal White Pearl Effect & Protonic Blue.

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₹ 2.62 Crore₹ 2.44 - 2.55 Crore₹ 2.39 - 2.5 Crore₹ 2.95 Crore₹ 2.27 - 2.48 Crore₹ 2.12 Crore
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1499 cc4395 CC3456 CC3982 CC3982 CC3799 CC
550 Km KM/L11.3 KM/L12.75 KM/L7 KM/L9.3 - 11.4 KM/L9 KM/L
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4 Seater4 Seater4 Seater2 Seater2 Seater4 Seater
Fuel Tank Capacity
42.0 L68.0 L82.0 L73.0 L75.0 L74.0 L
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • BMW i8 ex-showroom price in New Delhi starts at Rs. 2.62 Crore. The BMW i8 on road price in New Delhi is Rs. 3.06 Crore.
  • As for the claimed fuel efficiency, the BMW i8 Petrol variant returns 47.50 Kmpl.
  • According to the experts, The BMW i8 has already established a benchmark for performance in the plug-in hybrid space. The new model year brings a drivetrain update with more power and increased driving range. It also brings the topless variant - the i8 Roadster - to the party...

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