Unchanged for 2020, the BMW i8 Coupe is one of the halo models for the brand, but not in the typical ways you’d expect. Instead of class-leading acceleration and dynamics, the plug-in-hybrid sports car represents an unusual combination of power, efficiency, and unconventional style. Its 369 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque are derived from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine and an electric motor. The gas engine is mated to a six-speed automatic while a two-speed automatic services the electric motor. All-wheel drive is standard.
One of the most dazzling BMWs to look at, the striking i8 enjoys 20-inch alloys and BMW’s Shadowline trim, the latter usually reserved for the brand’s M-badged models. A carbon fiber roof and power-folding side mirrors are fitted, as is front/rear park distance control. The cabin gets carbon fiber trim and seats upholstered in perforated leather, with features like six-speed power front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system fitted as standard. The safety specification comprises eight airbags, frontal collision warning, and city collision mitigation.
The Ultimate Sophisto Edition is painted in Sophisto Grey with E-Copper accents and also gets E-Copper leather upholstery, ceramic controls, and brake calipers painted in black.
Surprisingly for a BMW, the i8 Coupe's list of optional extras/packages is a limited one. An aerodynamic kit for the exterior costs $500 and adds black, high-gloss adornments like a lip spoiler and left/right front splitters. Requiring much deeper pockets is the Icon Adaptive LED headlight upgrade with BMW's laserlight technology - it goes for $6,300. The i8 doesn't have access to the premium sound systems and more comprehensive safety packages that you can get on many other BMW models.