Bell tolls for BMW i8 production

Bell tolls for BMW i8 production

Tuesday 14th January

Bell tolls for BMW i8 production

Want a brand-new i8? You've only got a few weeks left to get your order in...



It says a lot about how groundbreaking the BMW i8 was that, after nearly seven years on sale and with production drawing to a close, there still isn't anything else much like it. Here was a production sports car capable of 4.6 seconds to 62mph yet 46g/km of CO2, one that looked a million bucks and yet rivalled a Porsche 911 for price.

There's unlikely to be anything else like it from BMW either. The firm's next model in a sports car mould will probably be all-electric to draw influence from the Formula E campaign and the Vision M Next concept, targeting rivals like the forthcoming Tesla Roadster. So, when production does finish in April - UK customers need to get their built-to-order car spec in by March - that will be that for the i8 template.

What it won't be the end of, though, is discussion and speculation about the i8's success as a project. It was never the best driver's car in BMW's line up, and the plummeting residual values would imply a certain lack of consumer confidence. Rumours are that big discounts are being offered on the last few remaining on dealer forecourts, too...


Still, chronic depreciation does mean that buyers after a used i8 could be in for a bargain. See this 2015 car, with a spec that mimics those early concept cars, with just 15,000 miles and a Β£45k asking price - less than half what it cost new. Up the budget slightly and this white i8, specced to Β£110,000 and with only 7,000 miles showing, is Β£51,995.

In 2018, the i8 coupe was joined by a Roadster, and all models were boosted by 12hp; a 374hp coupes is available from Β£66,000, with Roadsters like this one - showing just 2,500 miles - on offer at just Β£68,500. Being the original owner of an i8 sounds tough, then, but pickings are plentiful for those buying used. How low can they go?

So while the new story of the i8 might be coming to an end, the discussion of BMW's hybrid coupe as a secondhand sports car is far from over. For supercar drama, carbon construction and hybrid technology, the i8 seems to offer a lot for not very much money. Let's see if that's still the view later in the 2020s...


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Bencolem

Original Poster:

500 posts

188 months

Tuesday 14th January
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“ the plummeting residual values would imply a certain lack of consumer confidence”

when the same £45,000 buys a similar vintage 911 (perceived to have strong residuals) is this statement really fair?

David87

5,405 posts

161 months

Tuesday 14th January
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How long until someone mentions that it looks like it's birthing a 911? Oh...getmecoat

Dave Hedgehog

12,066 posts

153 months

Tuesday 14th January
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hybrid meh

Wooda80

1,501 posts

24 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Bencolem said:
“ the plummeting residual values would imply a certain lack of consumer confidence”

when the same £45,000 buys a similar vintage 911 (perceived to have strong residuals) is this statement really fair?
If you can find me a 2015 911 with around 15000 miles ( or even 30000 miles ) for £45k then please let me know!

JackReacher

1,501 posts

164 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Potential future classic the way the world is going. Rare, ground breaking, ahead of it's time and unusual construction.

Bencolem

Original Poster:

500 posts

188 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Wooda80 said:
If you can find me a 2015 911 with around 15000 miles ( or even 30000 miles ) for £45k then please let me know!
Similar vintage:

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

MDMetal

1,560 posts

97 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Boss has one, never liked the look of it once you get up close, slower (albeit only slightly) than my 650i which isn't even a sports car..
Think I'd put my cash into something more fun. They're just slightly too ubiquitous round here, same as Tesla's, first few were fun to see now there's one every few cars.

redroadster

1,039 posts

181 months

Tuesday 14th January
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One overtook me on motorway I thought how stunning and ultra modern it looked then a minute later a Ferrari passes me it did not look anywhere as good ,personal taste I suppose .

TyrannosauRoss Lex

23,895 posts

161 months

Tuesday 14th January
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MDMetal said:
Boss has one, never liked the look of it once you get up close, slower (albeit only slightly) than my 650i which isn't even a sports car..
Think I'd put my cash into something more fun. They're just slightly too ubiquitous round here, same as Tesla's, first few were fun to see now there's one every few cars.
I'm not sure where you live but to say they're ubiquitous can't be right. I bet they have sold fewer i8s than Porsche have 911s. They're hardly as ubiquitous as a 3 series! "one every few cars"? Really? I'd say they're less than 1 per 1000, surely?

Olivera

3,666 posts

188 months

Tuesday 14th January
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JackReacher said:
Potential future classic the way the world is going. Rare, ground breaking, ahead of it's time and unusual construction.
I'd say the opposite, that is a very flawed stop gap before equivalent full EVs (e.g. Taycan).

The fact it has a 3 cylinder engine with external speakers playing enhanced engine sounds is just an embarrassment.

shalmaneser

3,771 posts

144 months

Tuesday 14th January
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JackReacher said:
Potential future classic the way the world is going. Rare, ground breaking, ahead of it's time and unusual construction.
I agree but it's got a long way to fall yet!

swisstoni

8,422 posts

228 months

Tuesday 14th January
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They will always command a decent price because they are a rare BMW. A gullwing ffs.
All rare BMWs seem to do that at the very least.
But no more than that IMHO.

TwistingMyMelon

5,684 posts

154 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Great car , but no drama or excitement for me

RazerSauber

616 posts

9 months

Tuesday 14th January
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I wish I could afford one of these!! Fabulous looking thing in all black.

Biker's Nemesis

36,144 posts

157 months

Tuesday 14th January
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My boss got one when they first came out. I thought it was brilliant.

I got to drive it a few times. It was comfortable, the performance seemed more than enough and it was well equipped.

The rapid detailer

240 posts

133 months

Tuesday 14th January
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BMW lent us this to take to Croft last year for a few days while working at the circuit. My wife brought it up I have to say we were both extremely impressed.The car received an awful lot of attention of which 90% was all positive. Unfortunately I didn’t get to drive it enough so they Lent us it again later in the year for a four day trip around Wales. I love the shape,build quality and of course those incredible doors, but personally I would love to see the 3 L straight six engine shoehorned in it somewhere.

virgilio

150 posts

94 months

Tuesday 14th January
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This is a car I wanted to love so much. Hybrid, carbon, supercar looks yet 911 practicality. It could have been genius, but ultimately it was a total let down: understeering chassis, pathetic engine with sound enhancing, no electric range to speak of. A massive might have been.

Zumbruk

5,025 posts

209 months

Tuesday 14th January
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David87 said:
How long until someone mentions that it looks like it's birthing a 911? Oh...getmecoat
Not so much "birthing" as excreting ...

UTH

334 posts

127 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Never driven one or even been in one, but always seems to get my head turning when I see one, nothing else like it on the road really. Bit like Concorde, is this a step backwards?

Court_S

1,717 posts

126 months

Tuesday 14th January
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I like these, I still think they look good today.

It just seems a shame that they were never really developed over their life cycle. BMW had the opportunity to steal a real match on their rivals,but the i range was kind of left to plod along.

Those that acorn them seem to be very fond of them.