The revolutionary BMW i8 Convertible is possibly the most interesting car for sale, the most intelligent and probably one of the most significant, not least because of the way it democratized exclusive technology in its segment.
Until the arrival of the BMW i8 in mid-2014, driving petrol/electric plug-in hybrid sports cars required the multimillion-dollar budget needed to own hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the La Ferrari and the mighty Mclaren P1. With a stroke of the pen, the BMW i8 Convertible changed all that, offering a sophisticated and futuristic vehicle.
The i8 Convertible set out to offer nothing less than the speed of a supercar at the running costs of a supermini thanks to a technological curriculum. The entire car is wrapped in lightweight bodywork made from aluminum and the kind of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic found on a Formula 1 driver.
In other words, it’s a machine that makes the best petrol sports cars out there look as cutting-edge as a VCR.
The i8 Corvete looks incredibly radical. Minimal drag forms work for efficiency is cleverly combined with crowd-pleasing flourishes of whimsy.
The powertrain and structure are as unorthodox and gutsy as the styling. A small, mid-mounted 231bhp petrol engine drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox, while a large 143bhp electric motor drives the front wheels.
This allows for three different types of propulsion. In sport mode you get AWD sports car driving with performance similar to BMW’s own M4. Hybrid mode is quiet and ultra efficient. Or it can drive purely electrically at up to 120 km/h, using the plug-in battery reserve.
The complicated drive chain of the BMW i8 Convertible demands an equally ingenious transmission. Basically, the power of the gasoline engine is transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission and the electric motor takes care of the front wheels through a two-stage automatic transmission. The driver controls the six-speed gearbox by leaving it in automatic mode or using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The BMW i8 Convertible comes very well equipped, as it should, given its six-figure price. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, a head-up display that projects important information on the windshield in the line of the eyes, heated seats, leather upholstery and climate control.
The i8 Convertible’s stereo features a 20GB hard drive, DAB radio, an 8.8-inch screen and BMW ConnectedDrive services, which host a number of apps, including Facebook, and allow the owner to manage some functions. of the car with your smartphone.
Since 2018 this car has been offered with Apple CarPlay connectivity for a single lifetime subscription. Outside, you’ll find 20-inch alloy wheels, folding mirrors, and parking sensors.
The BMW i8 Convertible is a standout reliability vehicle, it was launched with a lot of new technology, which made predicting long-term reliability a bit more difficult than usual, but in the years since then , there have been no reports of major problems.
The car’s battery has a long warranty and features the BMW TeleServices system, which tells you not only when the car needs servicing, but also when your local dealer has a slot available.
The BMW i8 also stands out for being a safe vehicle to drive. All BMW i8s come with bright LED headlights as standard, but if those aren’t tech-savvy enough for you, BMW will fit you with laser headlights at extra cost. These are 10 times more powerful than conventional lights and their pure white light beam reaches up to 600 meters in front of the car.
The car also has a high beam assist system, which dims the headlights when it detects an oncoming car.
The i8 can also be equipped with the driver assistance package, which includes an automatic braking system. It can slow the car if it detects an impending impact, while the object detection system can detect a vehicle in the blind spot.