bmw i8 lease in blue metallic

2015 BMW i8 Lease
$
1865
/Mo.

$7292 Due at Signing

(Excludes tax, title, license and registration fees.) Miles: 20,000

MSRP $136,650


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The BMW i8 is a two-seater coupe, plus two additional in which an adult can hardly go ( picture ), with a gasoline engine and an electric motor. Rarely in km77.com we mention the design of the car, this is one of them. Few sporting their price, if any, are so striking. Furthermore, it is the only coupe such a plug-in hybrid drive system on the grid. The name ‘i’ refers to a vehicle that does not use an internal combustion engine as the primary system drive, as is the case with the BMW i3 . But there are fundamental differences. While the i3 is marketed as electric vehicle or electric system with extended range (by a small gasoline engine that is used to produce electricity and feed the electric motor, which is what moves the car), the i8 is plug-in hybrid car.The propulsion system provides 362 hp and a range of 600 kilometers, of which 37 are in electric mode (during the test, the electric range was around 24 miles). The figure for total autonomy in conditions of approval, which must be taken only as a reference. Moreover, this figure is calculated with the optional fuel capacity 42 liters instead of the standard, which is 30 liters.The BMW i8 has no clear competitors in the market. Hybrids between 300 and 400 horsepower with bodywork sedan or SUV ( list ), not coupe. Lexus will launch a hybrid coupe – RC 300h – much less electrical power than the i8. An Audi S5 with 333 hp and derived from the silhouette of a car is much more affordable (€ 68,130). BMW itself offers M4 Coupe (431 hp) for much less money: € 88,500.Perhaps the closest thing to i8 is the Porsche 911 , among other reasons for the price. The Carrera 4 PDK version which is the most similar characteristics: 349 hp, all-wheel drive and change automatic- cost € 116,504. The BMW i8 is priced at € 126,900 ( money, equipment, and technical data ), minus 3000 for the MOVELE help plan exists at this time (dependent on aid range in electric mode; more information on page IDEA ). The i8 accelerates from 0-100 km / h more than the four PDK Porsche 911, while it has a much higher top speed, something that given the limitations in Spain makes it lacks the minor ( comparative sheet BMW i8 and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 PDK ).Like sports, the Porsche 911 is a better choice. Driving the i8 gratifying while asphalt is in good condition but, if not, it is not. Furthermore, even with the asphalt in good condition, the operation of the hybrid system sometimes leads to changes in reactions difficult to predict. More information on the Driving Impressions section . When the battery is charging, the benefits are better than other sports of similar power.

For driving on the motorway, while the i8 has the usual drawbacks in a sports-a sometimes high road noise and a suspension without being uncomfortable, continuously transmits bumps and other irregularidades- seems preferable to 911, if While the difference does not seem to be decisive.

In city driving the winner is definitely the i8. It is more comfortable than the Porsche (while charging the battery has no engine sound and vibrate, unless full throttle), their response is quicker (the electric motor provides its peak torque instantly) and consumption is markedly lower. That i8 more comfortable city driving does not carry it more convenient to use. Getting in and out of the car is a normal process in the 911 and complicated in the i8. In addition, 911 offers 385 liters of luggage capacity (divided into two trunks) vs. 154 i8 trunk (it’s behind after the heat engine).

In my opinion, access to the interior may be the main reason to take back to the time of acquiring the i8. The cell interior is made ??of carbon fiber and its structural design implies that saving is a big obstacle (width and height) to enter and exit the car. It can be a problem for very tall people, for thick people, for it is not very agile and who dress in skirts. It could also be for those who do not belong to the above groups go in and out of the car many times throughout the day. To get the easiest is to put one leg, sitting on the doorstep and then dropped into the seat. Exit to me it seemed more complicated than in. More information on impressions of the interior .

The front seats are spacious enough for passengers up to six feet tall. The rear are only usable by children: there is little space and backups are vertical (or almost). If you are more practical to place coats, any lump or play travel bags Louis Vuitton designed specifically to carry around (much image ) on the trunk pan ( picture ) and inside it.

The heat engine and the transmission ratios -automatic six changes, the same as used MINI are in the rear of the car, in central position. The electric motor, its reducing gear (two multiplications, which are automatically selected, one below 120 km / h and the other at higher speed) and power electronics are located in the front; the battery is placed in the lower center of the frame, closer to the front of the rear axle and the fuel tank under the rear seats ( image ).

The battery is recharged primarily by plugging ( image of the socket ). For a load of 80% is required “within three hours” in a household socket and “within two hours” if the BMW iWallbox, a charging station (at 230 V and 16 A) that will require installation by employing a Technical (700 € plus the cost of installation). We have taken two and three quarter hours to charge when it was 10 percent.

The i8 has two other ways to recharge the battery. One is to lose speed during braking or holding phases (regenerative braking) when the electric motor works as a generator. The other is using the machine that makes the alternator and starter motor driven by the combustion engine, and this is a less efficient process.

Decoratively body has three sets of parts. The first set is always black and part of the hood, the roof, the door and the back of the car. Another group is formed by the side panels, hood, front bumper and rear that are painted in four colors possible (bright gray Sophistograu, kristallweiss pearly, Protonic Ionic Silver and Blue). The third set are the pieces in the gallery appear blue and can also be painted Frozen Grey metallic color.

There are three trim levels: “NESO” (standard), “CARPO” and “Halo.” They are distinguished by the colors of the upholstery and interior coatings, as well as other aesthetic details such as the color wheel trim ring ( image ) .It is a Pure Impulse- -called package that combines decorative details with a set of items of equipment and had the unit we tested ( gallery ).

There are several lighting systems. Two of ledes (one with more features than the other) and two that combine ledes and laser (best get light up to 600 m, which will cost about 9000 euros). The laser light is used only for high beam, the short is by ledes. Its maximum range is 600 meters, twice that achieved so far by other lighting systems. The laser light emitted three diodes whose rays converge in one pass through a lens. Subsequently, a layer of luminescent phosphor converts the blue beam on target. After these changes, the laser light is no longer dangerous to human eyes. Laser diodes are ten times smaller than the LEDs. This saves space and weight, as the reflector measured only 3 cm high, 9 cm rather than a system using ledes or 12 cm in the case of a halogen bulb. Also consume less energy-a third less, and the illuminating power is greater -170 lumens per watt compared to 100 lumens of LED-.

I8 doors are opened by pivoting upwards from the front ( picture ). As they are made ??of carbon fiber, aluminum and plastic are lightweight and do not require a remarkable lift effort.

Once opened, between the outside and the seat there is a relatively high bandwidth septum and part of carbon fiber chassis. Supposed to get around that I think is the greatest functional problem of the car. The degree of difficulty of sitting on the seat depends on the complexion and agility of each. Yo, I’m almost six feet tall, I soon got the hang of and it did not seem a big complication but anyone who climbed for the first time found it difficult.

What I was not a straightforward movement is in no way out, certainly more complicated than the input, because it requires lifting legs above the chassis to pull it out and then lift the entire body without having your feet flat on the floor ( I used the inside door handle as a lever to pry the arm and help me lift the body).

Definitely this feature is that, in my view, more can influence the decision when choosing a car i8 or conventional door and chassis. As always, it is best to try several times and form their own opinions, since ours does not necessarily coincide with it.

The windows do not go down at all, the glass stands about three inches from the door. That’s good to avoid driving as there should be, with the arm hanging out, but it is inconvenient if you want to support a while to rest the elbow arm.

The driving position is less futuristic than the outside, and less than the BMW i3 . A screen makes the instrument panel and a second, in the console, similar to the other models have BMW displays information related to the audio, the browser (which seems to me one of the best, if not the best, so good that the maps and its usability are), trip computer and setup menus. Both displays are perfectly even when falling on them directly sunlight.

Initially overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Eventually, rather than overwhelm, one just wondering if there is a way to simplify everything. My Henry told me that he believes that people do not query all information as if I do. It is possible, but it is also possible that who does it is up asking the same question.

Between what is available are data-from gas and electricity consumption, media or instantáneos- the -conjunta autonomy and electrically, the battery -in percentage-, energy flow -in a very graphic nice but it costs more than the simple-minded view of a second-generation Toyota Prius and all data on a regular car. The problem, from my perspective, is that everything is spread out. Part are displayed in the table (which generates charts of different shapes and colors according to the driving mode enabled, image ) and partly in the dashboard, but menus ( image ). This review does not detract from that BMW offer much information.

Also seen in the windshield speed, different indications and other warnings browser. This information is projected onto the glass hidden in the dashboard system. This optional element is very convenient, useful and provides security by not having to look away at the screens, but has a high price (€ 1,692) for redundant information.

In any case, drive the i8 has, from the point of view of knowledge, more complications than a ‘normal’ car. Only should understand how different driving modes (explained in the main driving impressions).

The driving position is low, but never to an extreme level that greatly hinders visibility. This is acceptable in all directions except in the intersections. To me the front pillar, which is lying and is very close to the head, complicated I really see in the turns if there was a pedestrian crossing the street. You may not know that a driver of average height or lower, which will head farther from the ceiling, will not happen.

The front seats are comfortable and hold well the body curves but have fewer settings than in other BMW models (eg can not change the surface of the bench). There is a piece in which you can pass the seat belt ( image ) so that it is closer to hand. If you do not pass by, the pillar from where left far behind

At the rear the opposite happens to the front. If they are large and accommodate seamlessly occupants of almost two meters tall, the rear only serve to promptly bring an adult if there is no choice because they are narrow, there is little headroom and backrest uncomfortably already yes, it is vertical. Yes you can do well around children, provided that the occupants of the front seats are of short stature and can carry their seats to make room for the legs of children. It fits well and is fit poorly, it is always useful to have these two squares, which are also practical to leave the bag there or coats.

I cast a light that illuminates these rear seats missing. Nor is there light at the visors, they do have vanity mirrors. This lack of lighting contrasts with ambient light system that runs various parts of the doors and dashboard, configurable in three shades (white, blue and orange).

The trunk is in the rear of the car, after the combustion engine. It is accessed through a large glass door to be opened by a button on the driver’s door or the remote control. The available space is scarce, giving 154 liters for a small little suitcase. The fund has a trapezoidal shape, with the longest side 80 cm. The width is 31 cm and height of 38 cm. What is left then is hidden by a rigid tray.

I missed leave things where they are typically carried over. The only ones there are a couple of holes in the console lid, which are shallow ( image ), and glovebox ( image ). There is also a net along the foothills of front passenger ( image ) where you can get a calendar, a phone or other small object.

The suspension of the i8 is hard, short runs, but not vigorously shake the occupants to go through the bumps, so you can say it is a comfortable car to be a sport. During the test, the body has not touched on garage ramps or has been problematic steps sobrelevados overcome pedestrians, although they had to slow down even more than tourism, mainly not to brush against the ground to lower part front. So I do not find remarkable for use in town (except the lack of discretion that favors limitations curious situations ).

A city that their driving is very pleasant also contributes electric power steering, especially in low speed and stopped. It is more than that of other BMW models, as a Series 3. After accustomed i forgot her, which is good. On the road, although I wished they had a firmer touch, guided drive accurately. It’s not a very quick steering, the gear ratio is 16 to 1, a mean value.

In asphalt in good condition, the i8 moves easily, feels light, fast changing support goes well in curves and leaves them with less traction problems that most BMW I’ve ever driven, including many less powerful than this i8. But sometimes, not always, the response curve is erratic depending on how the two engines work. How pushing causes the trajectory change and small corrections have to be made that are unexpected.

The generally good driving experience fades as the asphalt is deteriorated. Fluency in cornering is replaced by a series of corrections made by the traction control and cornering stability, which gives little room to play with the car, ‘on the brakes and / or engine, because the i8 will bounce. The 911 seems generally better sport for anyone going to make a sporty drive.

The 362 hp hybrid system allows for very fast driving, with intense and immediate application acceleration driver. And also, if desired, and the battery is charging, circulate in a relaxed atmosphere with a level of vibration and very low noise environment.

The first thing that struck me when listening to the three-cylinder gasoline engine was sound. It has the characteristic rhythmic tapping of a three-cylinder but the noise is severe, intense in hard acceleration (the audio system amplifies the sound in the cabin but feels like something produced artificially, at least I have not seen that). Nothing to do with what I knew so far in an engine of this number of cylinders. Who wait improper sound of a car with a sporty look, definitely will be surprised after hearing it. True, it lacks the refinement engine with double cylinders or more, but it’s all I can say clearly that it is inferior.

There are three driving modes, normal, power and athletic. Each is selected differently: is normal that is enabled by default (with two settings called COMFORT and ECO PRO); power, with a specific button; and Sport, by moving the shift lever to the left ( image of all the controls ). When going in Sport and any of the other two modes is selected, the shifter automatically jumps to the right, the ‘lane’ of the standard hybrid mode.

Normal mode is where the system decides for itself what engine used at all times. Typically run on electricity at low and medium speeds and plug the fuel when more acceleration is required or the speed is high. The battery can only be recharged by regenerative braking (the electric motor reverses its function and converts the motion into electricity). Unlike other hybrids, BMW has not tried to hide the input operation of gasoline engine. When it does, you hear and feel.

In electric mode, the gasoline engine is always off unless the throttle pedal (like a safety maneuver overtaking) is depressed or if the speed is greater than 120 km / h (in the box indicates 123 km / h ). Here, as in the hybrid mode, the battery is recharged only by regenerative braking.

In Sport mode, the gasoline engine is always running and the electric motor acts as a support. This is the only way in which the gasoline engine to recharge the battery, in addition to drive the car but also to recharge the battery powering a second electric machine 20 hp, which is the same engine is used as is used boot. I can not say how long or kilometers it takes to recharge the battery, but the impression is that after a half hour of normal driving can recover much of the battery. With the activation of Sport program changes the layout of the dashboard He replaced the power meter for cuentarrevoluciones- and range of colors-from blue screen to reds ( comparison image ).

In Sport mode have measured the acceleration 80-120 km / h in two circumstances: with battery power and almost no load (10%, which is the minimum leaving). The average time in each case was 2.7 s and 3.4 s. In hybrid and battery charge in the way it is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 PDK (349 hp and 3.0 s) and almost as much a BMW M4 Coupe (431 hp and 2.4 s). With a low battery, accelerates like a Volkswagen Golf R (300 hp and 3.3 s). We have also measured the acceleration 80-120 km / h in electric mode, for which you must step on the accelerator but not to the end of the tour, exerting pressure to not activate the limit switch. Doing so takes 11.3 s, the same as a 75 hp SEAT Mii. The following chart may be differences between the three measurements:

A fourth feature of the hybrid system, conserving battery power. This program is activated from a menu, not from a button, and operate the hybrid system so that it tries to keep the battery in order to use it later if necessary. Its use increases fuel consumption.

The browser is linked to the energy management system of the car, so that, depending on the entered path and synchronizes the time on and off the motors to the terrain and traffic conditions expected for this route.

The i8 has the BMW i3 system called “One Single Pedal.” In an i3 , it is possible to slow the car significantly, relieving pressure on the accelerator pedal. It is something that requires some adjustment period for me but ended up liking me because in city you can move in most circumstances without using the brake pedal. In i8 that’s not it, it works like a normal car and retention you get if you stop accelerating, is similar to that of a gasoline-powered car. I was struck that the brake pedal is not a little to the left, taking advantage of the absence of the clutch pedal. In the position is not comfortable braking with the left foot.

Each engine has an i8 reduction mechanism. The gasoline is an automatic transmission with six gears (which uses Aisin MINI home, conveniently tuning) whose operation is actually very good at making quick changes. It can be used in automatic mode or manually select gears (from the lever or from the steering wheel paddles).

The electric motor is a gear system coupling two purchases. The operation is fully automatic and opaque to the driver. Piera Kaempf, Product Manager BMW i8, explained that the first gear ratio is selected from the second 0-120 km / h from that speed. 120 km / h is the maximum speed that can advance i8 electric mode, so that the second multiplication is designed to ensure brilliant when the electric motor supports the heat from that speed.

The fuel average consumption is 2.1 l / 100 km. This value is comparable to diesel powered cars only or gasoline or non-plug-in hybrids, as those that are plug travel an important part of the course approval without the combustion engine has to be started. It is in any case a very good value. For example, a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, a less powerful vehicle has the same consumption (battery has about 25% less capacity). In our comparative tour of highway has spent 7.4 l / 100 km. From cars over 300 hp with which we have done this test (29), is the second that has spent less (the best is a BMW 640 Gran Coupe, with 313 hp and 6.5 l / 100 km). A Porsche 911 Carrera PDK (345 hp) spent 8.1 l / 100 km.

With the battery fully charged (100% on the display of the car), the range is about 24 km when driving normally. To find the difference between driving with load and no load, I repeated the same urban route of 23 km, a distance without using bypass roads, only roads with traffic lights. In the first round, starting the journey with 100% load, the car ran on electric mode for 23 miles (at which point the gasoline engine started with a 10.5% charge on the battery), except sometimes point where the gasoline engine is started. Consumption was 21.7 kWh and 0.9 l / 100 km. The second round started the same trayeco an electric range of 1km. Similarly drove the temperature was 2 ° C higher (22 ° C) and the slightly more dense traffic. Gasoline consumption was 8.4 l / 100 km, a low figure for a vehicle of 362 bhp.

Losing 10 percent of battery charge is virtually impossible. To achieve this we must do things like move very slowly or standing with the air conditioner on. Forcing these situations, the burden falls to 5 percent, when they finally start the gasoline engine. Is therefore normal that a complete reload is from about 10% to 100%. In an outlet giving a power output of 2650 W, the load is completed in 2 hours and 46 minutes with a consumption of 6738 Wh network. The final 20% load aa efecúa not as fast as the rest, but at a lower intensity, which explains the discrepancy between reading actual power consumed (6738 Wh) and theoretical (7288 Wh).

With a normal domestic tariff recharge the cost of that is about 1.2 euros, which would be about 5 euros per 100 kilometers. Ideally, hire an hourly rate discrimination to recharge the car at night and the cost is the third part.

When the charger, a bright frame around the socket of the car lights in different colors connected. Each means one thing; They are white (it’s the lighting to see osculas decision), yellow (set timer), red (no load, there is a problem), blue (for charging) and green (fully charged). In the magazine ( image ) there are some lights that provide information about recharging. The dashboard also appears valuable information: big, to be viewed from the outside, the estimated time of completion being recharged ( image ). When the car is locked with the remote control, this display also the bright part of the socket and goes.

There is nowhere expressly intended to keep the charger. So you have to let it loose in the boot. Collect the cable every time is not a cumbersome task, but annoying because the cable gets dirty. I think it’s better to have two chargers, one fixed at home and one in the car for use if necessary.