The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe gains Comfort Access keyless entry and start system as part of its standard equipment list.
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.
About BMW i8
Halo cars usually pack massive engines and massive performance into an exotic shape. But, in the case of the 2015 BMW i8 hybrid coupe, the company has taken a dramatically different approach. Unlike the Audi R8 or Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, BMW's "Efficient Dynamics" philosophy is in full force with i8. With its mid-mounted turbocharged gasoline engine and electric-motor drivetrain, the carbon-fiber-and-aluminum i8 requires only 357 horsepower to make it move like a V12 exotic, and can travel up to 15 miles on electric drive only. Of course, the i8's $137,500 price tag means you won't be cross-shopping it with a Toyota Prius, or even the Cadillac ELR. However, a nice Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is an excellent competitor.