We’ve known for quite some time that pricing for BMW’s supercalifuturetastic 2014 i8 would start at $136,650, but now BMW has released complete pricing for the super-hybrid, including color choices and options.
Start pricing yours now!
Besides its 357-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, the base i8 comes standard with one’s choice of leather/cloth or perforated leather upholstery as well as an active suspension, 20-inch wheels, power-adjustable and heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, park distance control, a head-up display, navigation with real-time traffic, concierge services, and, frankly, most of the stuff that you’d expect to find on a six-figure coupe.
Unlike most BMWs, which offer a gazillion à la carte options, BMW has clustered what few extras the i8 does offer into just three packages: “Giga World” (seriously, that’s its name), which adds LED headlamps and a choice of specific colors for the interior leather for $2000; “Tera World,” which also gets the LED lights as well as its own leather/cloth interior treatment, plus blue seatbelts, for $3000; and “Pure Impulse World,” which adds a dark-gray headliner, unique upholstery and the blue seatbelts and the LED lights from the other packages for a purely impulsive $10,800.
All i8s can be ordered with one’s choice of turbine-style or “W-spoke” wheels for no charge. If you want the i8’s signature pearl-white paint, however, you’re going to have to shell out another $1800; otherwise, your choices are silver, dark gray, or light blue, all with the i8’s signature matte-blue accents.
Fully loaded, then, the i8’s price remains just shy of $150,000. That’s still a lot of coin for anything with less than 400 hp, but hopefully it will help to ensure a certain amount of exclusivity, unlike the commonplace (at least in Silicon Valley) Tesla Model S. And nothing at any price combines neck-snapping styling with eco-chic smugness like the i8.