The BMW i8 has been reborn as this super weird $1m Italian Supercar

    If you ever thought the i8 was boring, I can only hope this cures your itch for weirdness.

    5w ago


    Right, so the Italians made a car. It's based off of the i8, it's got more leather than a cow, and has a price tag of almost one million dollars. How interesting. The car in question is called the Taraschi Berardo, an Italian racecar driver. He founded the company Meccanica Taraschi, which built and developed a series of sports cars and competition cars throughout the 1950s and 1960s. And now, in honor of his legacy, the Italians made a car bearing his name.

    And yes, this car really is based off the BMW i8. The Berardo is still powered by the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. However, while the i8 produced 374 horsepower, the Berardo makes a slightly more inflated 420 horsepower. It'll do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, and it'll top out at 173 mph (~278 km/h). It is possible to get the Berardo with up to 570 horsepower, though we don't really know a whole lot about how that can be done.

    The interior has been completely re-imagined to look like an old British pub, or so it appears. There's wood panelling in the center console, and brown leather trim pretty much everywhere you look. The only trace of this car being an i8 in the interior are the infotainment screens and the center console gear shifter and infotainment control buttons, and maybe a few plastic buttons peppered about.

    All things considered, that car looks nothing like a BMW i8. Nonetheless, if you are buying this car, you're basically getting a glorified i8, which is all fun and games until you find out that this car costs €800,000 ($940,473). That's a hair under seven times the price of an i8. And as cool as this car is, I'm not sure the price tag justifies this car offers its buyers.

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    Comments (36)

    • The i8, especially if obtained used, is not only better looking, but better value

        1 month ago
    • So it’s powered by the British, engineered by the Germans, and “perfected” by the Italians. 😂

        1 month ago
    • Sorry, the exterior looks like a kit car to me.

        1 month ago
      • My thoughts exactly. It looks like a cheap knock off and somehow they want an enormous amount of money for it. Why?

          1 month ago
      • In a word, exclusivity. I guess.

          1 month ago
    • I wasn’t a big fan of the I8 in the first place but to do this to it is fu*king stupid!

        1 month ago
    • They won't sell a single one

        1 month ago


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