2015 (15) BMW i8 Hybrid [combined 362] AWD Coupe 2+2 [VAT Q, Huge Spec, RRP 110k)Special Order BMW UK 17.
15 finished in Crystal White Pearl effect with iBlue metallic accents with full Premium BMW iSpheric Ivory White perforated Leather with extended Carpo Interior World with light headliner and contrasting iBlue seat belts, dual electric heated seats with heated retract dimming mirror pack, upgraded 20 inch iTurbine-Spoke style 625 alloys, upgraded Comfort Access with Keyless Go and Keyless entry with proximity sensing, eDrive exterior sound system, Driving Assistance Pack, upgraded Harman Kardon Surround Sound with DAB, multifunction auto active adaptive LED headlights with high beam assist, cruise ctrl with speed limit display and info, Head Up Display, advanced parking aids with reversing camera, 360 degree surround view, forward collision warning and pedestrian protection with city collision mitigation, adaptive variable suspension, new gen 8.
8 inch display with BMW Professional Media and Navigation, real time traffic info, integral advanced Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone luxury climate pack, scissor style dihedral doors.
One Owner from new, VAT Qualifying Status, only 16.
250miles from new costing circa 110k new, full BMW History under BMW Warranty until 16.
2018 with Hybrid components & batteries covered until 16.
Limited to 155mph, 0-62 in 4.
4secs, combined power output 362PS with 570Nm torque and permanent AWD, weighing approx 1500Kg, in ideal conditions can achieve 130mpg but most testers achieved 50-60mpg dependant, Road Tax, NIL, CO2’s at 49 g/km, Congestion Charge Exempt, BIK for 2016/17 levied at 7per cent.
Breathtakingly Beautiful, I’m besotted, don’t need to drive it, looks great in the drive, Iconic.
I have to say from the outset, that this i8 has to be to be the most beautiful motorcar to ever grace my driveway, I’m not kidding, it is just stunning, in so many ways, it is a work of art, it reminds me of concept show cars that never run into production and yet, here it is, touch it, feel it and then drive it, wonderful, wonderful piece of engineering and above all else, it works.
Firstly, if I had a blank sheet on paper, this i8 is exactly the one I would order, perfect colour, perfect interior, interesting for sure but not in your face, in short, in my opinion, the finite colourway because I believe the i8 to be very colour sensitive, I have seen some that I really don’t like at all but, hey ho, each to their own, this is my choice, not sure it can be bettered.
OK, the looks speak for themselves but how does it drive and perform? Beautifully one has to say, very quick or should one say, as quick as it ever needs to be, 0-60 in a tad over 4secs is certainly fast, perhaps not at high end Supercar level but in fairness, it is targeting a totally different customer, one that wants comfort, advanced dynamics, jaw dropping looks and above all else, manageable running costs and on that aspect alone, the lifetime running costs are as low they could possibly be, Zero Road Tax, no London Congestion Charge and, if you elect to have it as your company car, the current 2016/17 Benefit in Kind (BIK) is levied at only 7 percent, get your accountant sharpening his pencil because, after write backs etc, an i8 could prove to be a very low cost option indeed.
As a car, it is beautiful to look at, it’s beautiful to be in, it dares to be different and different it is, the build is sublime, the drive is sensuous, it’s is a very special piece of engineering, I can’t think of another car right now that gives over so much satisfaction, it is a work of art, an evolved masterpiece, I love it.
It has that unquantifiable “special feel” about it, it is Iconic reiterating, I get a great deal of pleasure simply looking at it.
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