BMW i8 Pure Impulse Review
No dinosaur

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
27 Mar 2015
 

Supercars and performance cars are going the way of dinosaurs it seems. In a brave new world where big engines are being viewed as an evil excess, the supercar seems like an extravagance. The industry is rapidly responding to this paradigm shift for the greater consumer majority. V12s are being reduced to V8s and V8s to V6s. Forced induction is turning into electrical conduction.

Even Porsche has taken to equipping its new flagship supercar, the 918 Spyder with a hybrid drive. But does going green really have to mean giving up our love for the seductive side of motoring? BMW believes that performance and green motoring can co-exist in the 21st century and the BMW i8 is the product of that belief.

To prove that performance cars can continue to exist in the new world, BMW made sure the i8 is the most efficient sports car in the world. And this extends to the advanced techniques it applies in its construction. The reduction in carbon footprint begins right at the factory for the i8 even before the basic chassis is even formed.

The LifeDrive architecture that consists of the passenger cell and doors are made from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic. This is made from a factory that is powered by sustainable renewable energy. Using wind, solar and tidal energy to provide the power that's needed in the production. 

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Bore x Stroke (82x94.6)mm
Power 231bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 570Nm
Power to Weight 155.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 4.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 47.6 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.260

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed 6-speed Steptronic
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4689 x 1942 x 1298) mm
Wheelbase 2800 mm
Kerb Weight 1485 kg
Boot Capacity 154 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs