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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£12,749.08 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£10,624.23 ex VAT

Contract Length

48 Months



Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Sat Nav
Sat Nav
Leather Seats
Leather Seats
Front Heated Seats
Front Heated Seats
Cruise Control
Cruise Control
Air Con
Air Con

Standard Options

  • Electric front windows with fingertip open/close anti-trap facility
  • Fogging sensor for front windscreen
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor with auto light activation system
  • Roadster designation to B pillar
  • Brake calipers high gloss Black with BMW i Blue accent and designation
  • Brake drying
  • Brake fade compensation
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • DSC
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Drive Performance Control
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Sport mode
  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • BMW apps interface
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
  • BMW remote services
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Electric power steering
  • Front/rear park distance control
  • Variable Damper Control
  • BMW display key
  • Boot release from drivers seat
  • Luggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote control
  • Stop/start button
  • Tailgate release button in driver's door switch cluster
  • 20GB Hard drive
  • Average speed gauge
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW information plus
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Check control system
  • Clock
  • Concierge service
  • Condition based service
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • eDrive mode for pure electric driving
  • Electronic display of drivetrain information and battery range and temperature
  • Fuel consumption and range
  • Head up Display
  • iDrive controller and gear selector in ceramic black
  • iDrive Touch Controller with 8.8" colour display
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Journey computer
  • Multifunctional instrument panel
  • Navigation System Professional Multimedia
  • On board computer
  • On-board diagnosis - OBD
  • Outside temperature display
  • Personal Profile
  • Real time traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • Auto dimming door mirrors
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
  • Electric heated aspheric door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Exterior mirror housing in body colour, mirror surround and top part of mirror housing in high gloss Black
  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers
  • Ceramic finish for controls
  • Leather instrument panel
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Aux input
  • BMW professional radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Digital sound system
  • Favourite buttons
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system
  • Online entertainment
  • Aluminium bonnet with Vbelt in two tone body colour and high gloss black
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Dihedral doors in aluminum exterior with Carbon fiber composite interior construction
  • Front and rear BMW roundel with i blue surround
  • Fuel filler cap
  • High gloss black kidney grille
  • Metallic paint
  • Model designation
  • Retractable soft top roof
  • Satin aluminium exterior trim
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Headlight washers
  • LED welcome home lights
  • Auxiliary air conditioning
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • 12V power outlets
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Extended storage
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Glovebox
  • i8 logo projection with open doors
  • Illuminated charging socket in visual display
  • Interior world - Carpo
  • Map pockets
  • One cup holder center console in front storage compartment
  • Passenger footwell storage net
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Removable load compartment cover
  • Spheric perforated full leather upholstery
  • Sport multifunction leather steering wheel in black with satin silver accent with gearshift paddles
  • Storage boxes behind seats
  • Storage nets
  • Storage pockets on seat backrests
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Front footwell lights
  • LED reading lights
  • Driving assistant pack - i8
  • Brake pretensioning
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting unlocks doors
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Dual horn
  • Front and rear deformation zones that absorb impacts up to 9.5mph and bumper up to 2.5mph
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Fuel supply cut off
  • Passenger occupancy sensor
  • Safety cut off and interior lighting
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 2 seat configuration
  • Black front seat belts with automatic tensioner, linear belt force limiter and belt restrainer
  • Electric front seats driver memory
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Integrated front head restraints
  • Comfort access system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Key integrated remote control central locking
  • Keyless ignition
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • 20'' W spoke with mixed tyres - style 470
  • BMW Mobility Kit

Technical Options

  • CO2: 46
  • HC: 50E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 26
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 51
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 54
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 53
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 50
  • Bore: 82
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1499
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Engine Codes: B38K15T0
  • Engine Layout: REAR TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: TWIN TURBO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Stroke: 94.6
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 141.2
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 157
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 50
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 51
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 50
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 32.8
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 180
  • Badge Power: 2.4
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: N
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 374
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 120
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-80
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 4.6
  • BHP: 374
  • Engine Power KW: 275
  • Engine Power RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 420
  • Engine Torque MKG: 58.1
  • Engine Torque NM: 570
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3700
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: W SPOKE STYLE 470
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Height: 1289
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4689
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.3
  • Wheelbase: 2800
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1942
  • Width (including mirrors): 2218
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 88
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 42
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1900
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1595
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Payload: 305



The i8 is BMW's vision of the future of high performance sports car motoring - and now they've further improved it. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The improved BMW i8 is a hybrid supercar now offered in open-topped Roadster guise as well as in Coupe form and now capable of delivering a 374bhp punch if provoked. Alternatively, it can glide noiselessly along on pure electric power. The quoted fuel economy figures need taking with a grain of salt but if you wanted a vision of the future of sports cars, you're looking at it right here.


Right from its launch in 2014, the BMW i8 has set a fresh course for what a high performance sportscar really ought to be. It's paraded as a paradigm shift in sports car development. A car that makes existing petrol-powered coupes look about as cutting edge as a video cassette recorder. Well now BMW has improved it. First by offering buyers the option of an expensive open-topped Roadster version. And second, by using the latest technology to considerably enhance the hybrid powertrain. There's now more power, more torque, great economy and cleanliness, plus the all-electric driving range can now be as much as 34 miles. There's a very high price to pay for all this technology of course but, as BMW is quick to point out, no other car in this class can offer anything like this. Here's proof that 1.5-litres of internal combustion and a battery pack deserves to be taken extremely seriously.

Driving Experience

There's more performance on offer from this revised model. The MINI Cooper-derived three cylinder 1.5-litre engine now puts out 231bhp. At the same time, the energy capacity of the lithium-ion battery it works alongside has increased from 20Ah to 34Ah, creating an improved net enegy capacity of 9.4kWh. That's made it possible to raise the electric motor's power output to 143bhp. All of this means that the combined electric motor and engine ouput is now 374bhp (previously it was 357bhp). And that's a lot in a sportscar weighing less than 1.5-tonnes. 62mph from rest now takes just 4.4s in the Coupe or 4.6s in the Roadster. The top speed, as before, is rather pointlessly pegged at 155mph. As you might expect, the i8 has a number of tricks up its sleeve. In eDRive mode, it's a front-wheel drive electrically powered vehicle with an improved range of 34 miles. Select Comfort mode and the i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a range of over 300 miles. Choose Sport mode by slotting a small lever from 'D' to 'S' and the i8 goes feral, the petrol engine and motor double-teaming to really bring the excitement. The damping will tighten, the power assistance for the steering will taper off and the software will juggle the torque split for maximum entertainment. There'll be some artificial noise piped into the cabin but it should sound good. The six-speed 'automatic transmission has been chosen over the ZF eight-speeder to save weight but it's a good unit. The calibration of the braking between regenerative and mechanical is something many manufacturers should benchmark. The i8's centre of gravity is admirably low, but the 215/45 R20 front tyres have been chosen as much for their green credentials as anything else and will be the first thing to lapse into gentle understeer if you manhandle the car. Wider tyres are optionally available as long as you don't mind a small economy trade off. Keen drivers should certainly tick that box.

Design and Build

The i8 Coupe still looks like no other car. It's sleek and clean in its detailing and features beetle-wing upwards opening doors. I can't think of another rival in its price bracket that offers quite so much visual drama. Given that you could easily blow a similar £110k budget on a Porsche 911 Carrera, the BMW moves the game on. Suddenly Audi's R8, a car that once looked so bold, looks a bit under-baked. The i8's rear end is particularly unusual, with no visible exhausts and what looks to be the tail of a Porsche 911 being enveloped by the plastic bodywork. Once you see it, you won't be able to forget it. You don't have to have the Coupe bodystyle now though. BMW has added the option of an open-topped Roadster bodystyle as part of a package of mid-term updates made to this car. This features an all-electric fabric roof that can open or close in just 16 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. The three segments of the roof fold vertically in a Z-shape, leaving an additional 100 litres of storage space between the roof box and the seats, on top of the 88-litres of cargo space in the rear compartment. Both i8 variants keep their kerb weights low thanks to a body that's a mix of carbon fibre and aluminium. The chassis is aluminium and the upper 'Life' passenger cell is carbon but BMW hasn't gone all race-tech and stripped-out. Coupe buyers tend to value the small rear seats too. As for the rest of the cabin, well even if you hid the badges, the smooth sweep of the dashboard and the excellent ergonomics clearly bear Munich's mark. The dash is an LED virtual screen with another display popping up from the dash roll top. It's very nicely executed but surprisingly, not as adventurous as the humbler i3 hatch. Practicalities include a 42-litre fuel tank, a 12.3 metres turning circle and, in the Coupe, a rather puny 154-litre boot.

Market and Model

BMW quotes a list price of around £113,000 for the i8 Coupe and around £125,000 for the i8 Roadster. Whether or not that strikes you as a bargain very much depends on what you want the car to do. If you want it to rip up mountain switchbacks like a 911 GT3, you're going to be a bit disappointed. The i8 isn't that sort of hooligan. If, on the other hand, you appreciate the technology, its straight line urge and the amazing feeling of rolling along in pure electric mode, then the futuristic styling and sheer presence of the i8 makes it seem a veritable bargain. As much as I love taking a car by the scruff of the neck and detest the typical supercar poseur, I find myself warming to the i8. There's a cerebral quality to it that's missing from so many thud and blunder supercars. What are you really going to compare it with? Only Tesla's Model S really gets close and that's more of a luxury saloon.

Cost of Ownership

The running costs of the BMW i8 are going to be tough to gauge. The quoted fuel economy figures - now improved to 149.8mpg for the Coupe and set at 134.5mpg for the Roadster - are clearly a nonsense, but it's not BMW's fault, instead being due to a shortcoming of the NEDC test which doesn't really cater for hybrid vehicles at all well. And how do you measure the economy in any case? After all, this is a vehicle you can plug in to a wall socket and charge to 80 per cent capacity in less than two hours. If you had a ten mile journey to work each day, you'd never put any fuel into it. According to the NEDC test, that would make the i8 capable of an infinite number of miles per gallon. The emissions figures (42g/km for the Coupe and 46g/km for the Roadster) also mean that you won't have to worry about buying road tax or, if you're lucky enough to get one on the firm, the benefit in kind taxation will be pleasantly low. Residual values are similarly tough to calculate. That's largely because this technology moves quickly. The i8 might be a jaw-dropping feat of engineering today, but in three or five years time, the game may have moved on. Working in its favour is that many owners of supercars just don't care. They want the latest and greatest and for many, the i8 is going to represent just that.


The BMW i8 remains an utterly fascinating vehicle. There's no doubt that this technology affords us a vision of the future. It certainly makes many of its more conventional rivals look positively quaint. Where the i8 is even more special is in the way that it normalises this brain-bending complexity. It's beautifully-finished and comes with a warranty just like any other BMW product. It doesn't impose itself on you. Yes, it's fearsomely fast in a straight line but the i8 is no B-road brawler. That model may well come and it will probably come from BMW, but here's something that's a bit more refined and looks set to change the way we think about this sort of high performance contender. You might not have ever believed that a car with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine could command a six-figure price tag. The i8 does that yet still seems a bargain. It's an incredible achievement.

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