i8 Driven

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    So, this morning I had the chance of driving an i8 and I have to confess made my otherwise mundane (albeit it recently more interesting) commute to the station rather more enjoyable! :LOL:

    My Uncle has had his for just over a year now and came down to ours in it last week from Fort William and averaged 78mpg, in spite of giving it some beans on occasions. It's been sitting outside our house since then, gleaning admiring glances from the Postie and this morning, he let me drive it to the station!

    Getting into it reminds me of getting into a Lotus Elise or similar, although the carbon tub is even a little wider than the Elise. Inside, pure BMW, but pure class, elegance and style. Close the scissor doors :cool: and look rewards to the strangely shaped rear window, you feel like you're in a spaceship. That feeling only continues when you start it and the full Panel Display comes to life with speedo, battery status, petrol status and Power Meter! No noise, no nothing.

    Reversing off the drive, it moves silently and even driving the half a mile down the perimeter track from our house to the main road was silent. Very little tyre noise even.

    Being used to the Z4 requiring a little work to get it going and the X3 requiring some boost pressure building, I pulled onto the road and applied a little big of throttle...............I needn't have done so as the Thing set off like a scalded rat! :eek: The last one of his cars I drove, a 991 Turbo S was brutal in its power delivery, to the extent that I almost pooped myself everytime boost pressure built, but this was completely linear but brutally effective. I backed off very quickly and set off down the road at 60mph in near silence on a magic carpet-ride. It felt like a mixture of the car floating above the road but being totally dialled in too, like you could lean on it. Very odd combo and nothing I've ever really felt before.

    The engine comes in completely imperceptibly aside from the slightly fake V8 noise which slowly enters the cabin. I wasn't ragging the car, so it was all very gentle but I can imagine if you prodded the accelerator hard, you'd be rewarded with a very fat kick in the back.

    Through town it was incredibly easy to place on the road, not at all difficult to see what was going on (arguably my Z4 might be harder to thread through traffic) and was sereen with the lack of noise and start-stop engine.

    Upon pulling up to the station, I felt like a celebrity - everyone was gawping at the i8, which wasn't helped by the scissor doors opening, which adds to the sense of occasion. The only problem then is making a clean and dignified exit from the vehicle, which is easier said than done! :ROFLMAO:

    Sadly, it was there that I left it and let my Uncle take over. Unbeknownst to me, having not tried to set any fuel economy record and just driving it normally, I looked at the trip and saw 96mpg :eek: I struggle to do 25mpg in the Z4, driven in the same fashion.

    Anyway, even at 70k they're still way too rich for me but I do see them slipping a lot further in value as technology improves. At 30k I would have one in a heartbeat but I fear by that time, batteries would need looking at seriously and a warranty would be imperative. But what a car! :cool:

    I feel very privileged to have driven it and I'll try and get a few photos up here as it will be "living" with me for a week or so whilst he goes away. I believe that was my one and only chance to drive it as I've not been given the green light to use it whilst he's away, but more to keep it locked in my garage. But no-ones said I can't sit in it, hands on wheel, making funny space ship noises! :whistle:
     
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    Mine should do something like 90mpg according to the book. its impossible.

    But I think how they calculate it is like this :

    1. ignore engine leave it off
    2. 70p per charge of electric
    3. max miles per charge 22 (i average 16 in warm weather)
    4. take an average cost of a gallon of fuel c £5.00 (@1.10pl )
    5. dived £5.00 ( a gallon) by 70p = 7.14
    6. multiply 7.14 x 22 = 157miles per £5.00 of electric

    7. (the vital part) think of a number, can be any as long as it makes a good result and make some obscure calculation to come out with a ridiculous MPG that the EU let you get a way with.

    in reality I can get in warm weather (urban ) 16 miles for about 70p electric so electric only i get 114 miles for the cost of a gallon.(a week if i just go to work and back).

    petrol only is about 23mpg (3.0 6cyl supercharged).
    combined over the life of the car its 35mpg. (should be more but long trips like the french two i have done use proportionally more fuel).

    On the i8, have you seen the new BMW ad, maybe there's a new tweak in the pipeline for the i8.
     
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    The latest i8 has better batteries for a longer range, I think that's what the advert is all about. Same for the i3 - better batteries and longer range.

    The problem I have is that both the i8 and i3 are three years old and have had battery upgrades already, that effectively has reduced the second hand price of the original vehicles. The tech is moving so quickly that you soon have an 'old' EV
     
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    Well, you've got a guaranteed four years to save up........;) :)

    Nice write up, but tell your Uncle he doesn't need to drive it to you to leave next time he's on holiday - he can leave it with me, much closer to home and I'd even run him to the airport. :D
     
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    I take it you would be running him to the airport in the i8 @slim_boy_fat :D
     
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    Unless he was happy to slum it in the e60......;)
     
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    I prefer the Tesla range myself. Great all-rounders. When they sort the interior out they'll be unbeatable. Personal opinion don't want to start an argument.
     
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    Well yeah, but the i8 isn't a pure EV, so not in the same category really
     
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    I assume you found getting out of the i8 ok... unlike this porker :ROFLMAO:

     
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    Brilliant - although I need to loose a few lbs, my exit was significantly more graceful than that! :p
     
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    It will be interesting to see what the value of these will be in the long term although I think long term they will increase in value to be honest.

    cheers
     
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    Sorry, never did put a pic up of this....

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    I had never heard of, let alone seen an i8, but as it happens this morning, walking home from some shopping (as you do) I noticed a rather flash looking, sweet sounding (very quiet!) BMW drive past.

    I was going to take a photo of it, but it was too fast. Well, I was actually too slow ;) .

    Had to google to find out what the model was. Yep turns out it was an i8. I'm normally not a huge fan of 'sports cars', but in this case I must admit I am somewhat envious of @Spuffington having driven one!

    Thanks for sharing the photo! (y)
     
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    They will certainly make an attractive proposition once below £30k and a few years old


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    The i8 has very nice styling. Seen a few on the roads around Cheshire.

    But I definitely would not like to suffer that amount of depreciation for a 3 cylinder 2 litre hybrid. :whistle:
     
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    3-cylinder 1.5i ;)
     
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    It's BMW's modular engine theory with 500cc per cylinder. 2 litre = 4 cylinder and 3 litre = 6 cylinder, so 1.5 litre = 3 cylinder.
     
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    So basically a fancy Cooper S + electric motor? :D
     
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    You could say that. But the performance and experience is far greater than the sum of its parts.

    Few other cars I've driven could match the acceleration (and impression of acceleration) that the i8 performs. Add to that the hilarity of getting in over the carbon tub and the A-list celeb feeling of driving around in one and it ceases to matter what's powering the thing. It's feel good motoring at its best IMO.
     
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    Be interesting to see how it ages as well. The rear of it looks like there is a Porsche 911 stuck in it.


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