Believe it or not, the BMW i8 has been on sale since 2014 – yet its otherworldly looks and hybrid powertrain are still bang up to date. Nevertheless, its time is up, production will end in April 2020, with final UK orders being taken in March.
Why do we care? Well, the i8 was and still is a revolutionary car. A not-to-horrendous £115,115 gets you a 370bhp petrol-electric coupe, capable of 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, while outputting just 46g/km of CO2 – a quarter of the emissions produced by comparable conventionally powered sports cars.
Save your tears, the BMW i8 is expected to be replaced by a car based on the Vision M Next Concept
Question is, was the i8 too ahead of its time? Possibly. It's believed BMW sold up to 20,000 BMW i8s, not that many when you consider Porsche shifted more than 230,000 991s (between 2011-19). That said, the i8 still accounted for around 10% of electrified BMW sales. The takeaway? Electrified cars are still very much an emerging – yet rapidly growing – market.
The good news is that BMWs keen to have another bite of the cherry and you can expect the i8 to eventually be replaced by a hybrid supercar that is based on the Vision M Next Concept. It could well right some of the i8's glaring wrongs – being not that quick or particularly engaging to drive. An i8 that's seriously fast and an utter riot to drive? Now that could be quite something!
BMW i8 model
While the full-sized BMW i8 is on the way out, models are still abundant and, unlike the real thing, they run entirely emission free (with a helpful push).