BMW i8 price revealed

BMW i8 front
14 Nov, 2013 5:42pm Jonathan Burn

The petrol-electric BMW i8 will cost from £99,895 when sales begin in July next year

The high-performance, petrol-electric BMW i8 supercar will cost from £99,895 when sales begin in July next year.

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However, pre-orders are currently being taken and BMW claims to have received around 100 deposits so far. The German manufacturer also announced around 200 orders for the BMW i3 have been taken, with roughly half of those being for the range-extender version. Sales for the i3 begin on 16 November.

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The i8 is powered by a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor. A 228bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine drives the rear wheels, while the front axle is powered by a 129bhp mid-mounted electric motor.

That gives a combined power output of 357bhp, capable of propelling the i8 from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

Those performance figures alone are impressive, but the economy figures are too. The i8 is able to travel up to 22 miles on electric power alone at up to speeds of 75mph and when the electric motor and petrol engine work together, they’re able to give an overall range of 310 miles. Fuel economy is a claimed 113mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 59g/km.

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There is no point listing the mpg for a car that costs £100,000. Unless of course you intend to do a million miles in it.

Just buy an Alfa 4C instead and interest of £55k will be sufficient to pay for fuel by itself.

How big are the fuel tanks on the i8 an earlier story said they had a 42ltr tank

So still no competition for the Tesla Model S then. I'm surprised nobody else wants a piece of that market.

Why would I spend 99k to save a few quid on petrol ?

Surely if I've that kind of cash I wouldn't be interested in how much fuel costs me ?

Why couldn't BMW make a proper electric car like Tesla with good range ? instead of that hybrid I8 muck ?

Do you think punters are being "overcharged"?

The cost saving is probably irrelevant, but these cars are all about novelty and excitement and in that the BMW delivers. I would to see how it performs (in terms of power deliver etc) compared with a combustion engine. I bet the torquier i8 will give an added dimension to driving a super car.

Dear BMW, I've been a very good boy this yeal (well so far).

Please may I have 1 for free?

You do realise that with only a 42ltr tank, the i8 has a range of over 1000 miles?

Therefore "if anyone can think of a better way to get from London to Monaco for less than £50, please share?"

Dear BMW, for the above factually correct strap-line, please may I have a pad in Monaco or London along with an appropriate annual income...? I promise I can keep lines like this coming...!