According to insiders over at BMWBLOG, the new 2018 BMW i8 is set for some thrilling refreshments that resemble those found on the BMW i8 Formula E car. If this turns out to be the case then would-be buyers and enthusiasts should expect the new model to have more power, suspension tweaks, and exterior and interior facelifts.
Based on the spy photos trolling the web, the new BMW i8 2018, the changes will also include a lowered suspension, vented panel that should replace the hind windshield, and a new set of AP Racing breaks. The new redesign changes are expected to add to an already special package that manages to mate a thrilling performance, futuristic redesigns, all-electric motoring with an overall thrilling performance.
In light of this however are damning cons that have partly contributed to its diminishing glory. Two of the most pertinent issues raised include its underwhelming performance and its cost of ownership that many didn’t expect especially coming from a technological flagship BMW vehicle. Contributing to this enigma is also the issue of the Acura NSX that seems to have most stuff figured out. The NSX offers an even more powerful, advanced hybrid system than the BMW i8 reviewed here.
Rumor mills have it that the new model is set to get additional power thanks to the new performance tweaks to its powertrain component. As previously mentioned, the new model is expected to be based on the BMW i8 Formula E Car therefore implying that the 2018 BMW i8 is more likely than not to get 15 horsepower more than its previous iteration bringing the total output to 372 horsepower.
For starters, the 2017 i8 powertrain generates a total of 357 hp which it sends to its four wheels. Currently its fuel consumption stands at 28 mpg and can manage up to 330 miles before the battery pack beneath its belly runs out.
The standard 2018 BMW i8 news aside, news headlines also have it the BMW i8 Spyder is in the works going at least by the barrage of pics making rounds on the internet. I must admit that most of us were caught unawares on how fast BMW rushed the i-brand concepts to production. According to insiders, the new model should be expected to have a top speed of 155 mph consequently enabling it to reach 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
The convertible 2018 BMW i8 Spyder should also be expected to feature the same electrical and mechanical bits as its standard coupe sibling. This therefore translates to a combination of a twin-turbo, three banger with a 7.1 kWh lithium ion battery pack. This combo should work synergistically to produce a total output of 372 horsepower and around 420 lbs. ft. of torque.
Pricing and 2018 BMW i8 Release Date
Well, we must admit that it’s a tad bit too early to discuss such ‘sensitive’ matters at this juncture. But with the BMW i8 currently commanding a price tag of 140K as of early this year, we foresee the i8 Spyder commanding a price tag reading 150K especially considering the obvious fact from BMW’s lineup that tends to suggest a price hike of 8K over roofed counterparts.
Are There Any Other Options Out There?
Well, too many I should add. In terms of environmental friendliness, the hybrid Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Tesla Model S pose some significant risks. In terms of sportiness, the 2018 BMW i8 comes face to face with the Audi R8 and the Acura NSX. The BMW i8 Spyder roadster on the other hand faces stiff competition from the Audi R8 Spyder – the R8, mind you, isn’t even a hybrid to start off with but it falls under the same sporty category. The other two include the Tesla Roadster and the Acura NSX Spyder.
Has The Interior and Exterior Changed?
The new 2018 BMW i8 just like other exotic sports cars available on the market today comes with top-notch materials and creature comforts. Regardless of whichever model you decide to buy the interior comes fully packed with creature comforts and top technologies that you’d never even find use for.
One thing that differentiates the 2018 BMW i8 from the rest of the nosy competition are the scissor-swing doors. Although aesthetically pleasing to have them, the wide door sills makes it tasking to get inside. Once you manage to get in, you’ll realize the interior of the i8 is voluptuous enough to allow anyone enjoy a comfortable ride quality.
Some of the standard features available include a driver-adjustable suspension system, front and rear parking sensors, fog-lights, exterior LED lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an all-view camera, driver-seat memory settings, and keyless entry and ignition.
Electronics you can expect include a navigation system, a heads-up display, Bluetooth connectivity system, HD radio, satellite radio, an eleven-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, BMW Assist, BMW Remote services, BMW apps, and an 8.8” central display screen.
Engine Specs & 2018 BMW i8 Performance
Under the hood of the new BMW i8 2018 should be expected a 1.5L inline three cylinder engine paired to an upgraded lithium-ion battery pack – at least we know it’s not the current 7.1-kWh. This combination should provide an output rated at 372 horsepower and a torque of 420 lbs. ft. of torque.
According to tests conducted on the existing model, the European-spec model is able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in four and a half seconds. Although seeming impressive this number can easily be eclipsed by a good number of non-hybrid sports cars. With the upgraded powertrain we should expect the new model to reduce the figure by several milliseconds. Our prediction is about 4.3 seconds especially if BMW honors its promise of an upgraded powertrain.
The 2018 BMW i8, in the final measure, remains a uniquely appealing eco-friendly bent. It is highly expected of BMW to make correct the nits that skeptics were quick to point out in the 2017 i8.