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2014 BMW i8 KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $134,217 - $136,677.

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MSRP $136,650

Fair Purchase Price $136,650
Fair Market Range ($134,217 - $136,677)

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By Zach Vlasuk - Updated Date: 6/25/2014

BMW could've taken the predictable route and developed another traditional halo car like the Audi R8 or Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but instead doubled down on its philosophy of "Efficient Dynamics" and produced a sports car for today's more progressive driving enthusiast: the 2014 BMW i8. Its carbon fiber and aluminum shell is home to a mid-mounted turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric drive system that delivers 357 horsepower and an all-electric range of up to 22 miles. Then again, a $136,000 starting price means this next-generation driving experience doesn't come cheap. And while you could purchase two Cadillac ELRs for that kind of money, the i8's price tag still falls roughly in line with its other plug-in hybrid rival, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a high-end sports car, but believe strongly in long-term sustainability, the 2014 BMW i8 could be right up your alley. And regardless of your stance on the environment, the i8 makes the most striking visual statement this side of full-fledged exotics.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The i8 delivers high performance on a grandly green scale. Therefore, those in search of a barroom numbers generator should consider the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8, or Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 BMW i8 reflects the German automaker's commitment to its new "i" sub-brand. Assembled using 100-percent renewable energy, the i8 serves as the marketing umbrella for BMW's growing number of premium green vehicles, such as the entry-level i3.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The BMW i8 both looks and drives like nothing else on the road today. Select the E-drive setting and the i8 can cruise on electricity alone for up to 22 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph. Complementing this engineless mode of travel are a number of noise-attenuation measures aimed at keeping wind-noise and road-noise levels to a minimum. The result is an eerily-quiet cabin that provides disruption-free listening through the standard harman/kardon sound system. Of course, hammering the throttle brings to life the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and its uncharacteristic baritone bark. And while a 0-60 time of 4.2-seconds is all well and good, the i8's unrelenting power delivery is what truly separates it from conventional sports cars. In terms of handling, the chassis and suspension work together harmoniously to serve up the type of balance and composure for which BMW is renowned. What's more, the electric-assisted steering is so responsive and effortless that a hydraulically-actuated setup would actually take away from the experience. Yeah, we said it.

Favorite Features

Nearly 50-percent lighter than steel – and just as robust – the i8's carbon-composite body offsets the extra weight of the electric battery without compromising crashworthiness.

The i8's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can route 100-percent power to the front wheels, rear wheels, and everywhere in between depending on traction needs.

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