Is The BMW i8 Really Worth $150k? You Bet – And Here’s Why

For a brand that used the “Ultimate Driving Machine” as its motto for a long, long time, going all “green” with the sole sports car in its range was a rather unusual move, at the time, by BMW.

The i8 is not an easy car to pinpoint. Its price tag puts it up against some serious competition in the sports car segment, yet it is unlike any other sports car out there.

Center stage is, of course, its futuristic bodywork design that’s reminiscent of an exotic, as is its carbon chassis and butterfly doors, but the 1.5-liter turbo three-pot doesn’t exactly endow it with supercar credentials.

Nor, for that matter, does the 362 HP combined output of the petrol engine and electric motors (no wonder there’s talk of doubling that on the second-gen) or the 4.4-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time. That’s super-hatch territory right now, but no hatch (or other sports cars, apart from the much more powerful Honda NSX) boasts an AWD hybrid drivetrain or the capacity for zero-emissions driving.

Still, is $150k a reasonable price for a new i8? Doug deMuro borrowed one in Connecticut to examine all its features carefully and, yes, find out whether it can deliver the goods on the road. It wasn’t perfect, but it managed to win him over to the point that he labelled it worth its money.


  • fabri99

    Well, I wouldn’t say so. It’s a truly good car, but it isn’t perfect and it feels like it is an hybrid. They did a great job, but it’s still not as good to drive as a 911. I’d have an R8 or an AMG GT over the i8. The BMW costs as much as a supercar but, objectively, isn’t worth the same money.

  • An Existing Person

    The i8 was impressive when I drove it, but not $150k impressive.

  • smartacus

    windows don’t even go down all the way?

    Trunk space doesn’t have to be so tiny,
    Lotus Elise can fit a folded body in the trunk.

    Yeah, just get a used Lotus if you want challenging ingress/egress

  • Kash

    if they were the $150k then BMW wouldn’t be offering $5k cashback on them right now. So no, they’re not worth $150k and tbh they never were worth it. They’re priced too high for not enough. They’re also everywhere now so they’re not exactly an exclusive thing.

  • BlackPegasus

    By the 2:11 point in the video I was convinced that the i8 was not worth the $150K asking price. For $150,000 you can buy five 2016 Toyota Prius(s) @ $24,200 each. 😀

    Yeah, totally different car class, but I’m just saying…

  • Bash

    its a good car… but not in a $150K way good.