Get Ready for Your BMW i8 with Pricing and Ordering Guides

by Tim Jones on July 2, 2014, 5:10 pm
2014 BMW i8s arrive at dealers

The 2014 BMW i8

The launch of the revolutionary BMW i8 is upon us. A combination of sustainability, innovation and stunning design has built remarkable excitement for a product Motor Trend has simply called "A Masterpiece", the Wall Street Journal deemed it "the Sustainable Supercar" and Car and Driver said it is "Driving the Future". We bring you the 2014 BMW i8 pricing and ordering guides to peruse while waiting for your i8 delivery.

In the US customers have two ordering choices. The choices include Pure Impulse World, a launch unique option (more info below), or Tera World. Beyond those two package choices the only modifiable options will include exterior color and wheel design (see choices below). 90% of the US cars have been pre-spec'ed as Pure Impulse World so chances are that is what you are getting.

Read the i8 driving review

Highlights of the 2014 BMW i8
  • Arriving at dealerships this fall the BMW i8 starts at $135,700.00 plus $950 destination and handling fee.
  • First plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group and world's most forward-looking sports car; revolutionary interpretation of BMW's hallmark driving pleasure; groundbreaking premium character clearly defined in terms of sustainability.
  • 2+2-seater with LifeDrive architecture developed specifically for BMW i, aerodynamically groundbreaking body design and visionary interior design deliver an intense driving experience; Life module passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP); drive system technology, high-voltage battery, chassis, and crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminum Drive module; curb weight: 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg); Cd: 0.26; very low center of gravity (below 18 inches); well-balanced weight distribution.
  • Emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design language; classical sports car proportions and fresh interpretation of BMW design features; doors open upwards like wings; clean lines, plus surface design (external and internal) based on the layering principle; full-LED headlights as standard, innovative laser headlights -unique worldwide- are available as an option where regulations allow (not available in the US).
  • Plug-in hybrid system developed and produced by the BMW Group represents the latest development stage of Efficient Dynamics; debut for three-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, displacement: 1.5 liters, output: 231 hp, maximum torque: 236 lb-ft; power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox; model-specific hybrid synchronous electric motor, output: 131 hp, maximum torque: 184 lb-ft; power channeled through the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission; lithium-ion high-voltage battery with liquid cooling and usable capacity of 5 kWh.
  • First combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo and BMW eDrive technology plus intelligent energy management produce system output of 362 hp (max. torque: 420 lb-ft) and give the BMW i8 the performance characteristics of a pure-bred sports car (0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds) combined with fuel economy and emissions comparable to a small car - EU fuel consumption: 94 mpg (US); "glued-to-the-road" AWD driving experience with torque distribution geared towards optimized dynamics.
  • Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose from five driving modes; range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) on electric power alone and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph); COMFORT mode offers optimum balance between dynamics and efficiency; combined range in everyday conditions: over 500 kilometers (310 miles); SPORT mode with ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor; ECO PRO mode can be used in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode.
  • Sophisticated chassis technology featuring a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle; Electric Power Steering; Dynamic Damper Control comes as standard; 20-inch light-alloy wheels are standard.
  • Intelligent lightweight construction with elements including a CFRP passenger cell, doors with a CFRP-aluminum structure, an instrument panel with magnesium support, an aluminum chassis and a partition between the passenger compartment and boot made from thin glass; comprehensive safety concept and an ultra-torsionally stiff passenger cell.
  • Extensive standard equipment includes the Navigation system Professional with proactive drive system for all-electric driving, fully-digital instrument display, BMW iDrive with freestanding Control Display and leather sports seats; choice of four exterior paint finishes and four interior equipment variants.
  • Wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive features: Park Distance Control, cruise control system with braking function, rain sensor and Intelligent Emergency Call function, optional driver assistance package with High Beam Assistant, a rear view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display, and Collision Warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function; also available are the Head-Up Display, BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic Information and mobility services developed specifically for BMW i, e.g. intermodal route guidance as standard.
  • Services specifically developed for BMW i as part of the 360 ELECTRIC program: BMW i Charging Station for convenient battery charging at home, ChargeNow card giving customers a cash-free payment option at public charging stations as well as innovative mobility services such as MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse; flexible sales concept enables made-to-measure mobility solutions.
  • All-embracing sustainability concept running like a thread through the value chain; carbon fiber production and vehicle assembly using 100-per cent renewable electricity; high proportion of recycled materials; use of materials manufactured and treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

Pure Impulse World

This is a limited launch package for MY 2014 and MY 2015 only and includes the following -
  • Carum Spice Grey full perforated leather
  • i8 designation on headrests
  • Seat belt in BMW i Blue
  • Surface of gear selector switch in zirconium oxide ceramic
  • Floor mats with leather border in black with contrast stitching in BMW i Blue
  • Engine/Trunk Cover in black leather
  • Laser engraved i8 door sill finishers
  • All brake calipers painted in black high-gloss with blue detail and 'BMW i' designation
  • BMW i Pure Impulse Card for the BMW i Pure Impulse Experience Program (details TBA)

BMW i8 ZPW Pure Impulse World interior

Your package choice of Pure Impulse World or Tera being very limited by BMW NA's pre-spec choices you major decision is the exterior color and the wheels. Which is your favorite combination?

BMW i8 exterior and wheel choices

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14 responses to Get Ready for Your BMW i8 with Pricing and Ordering Guides

DrBrian commented:
July 25, 2014, 7:34 am

the only thing I see missing from here is lane change warning (Driver Assistance Plus)... I think that's really important nowadays in a car in this price class.
Tilum commented:
July 25, 2014, 1:49 pm

Originally Posted by DrBrian View Post
the only thing I see missing from here is lane change warning (Driver Assistance Plus)... I think that's really important nowadays in a car in this price class.
My thoughts as well, and I have raised this with my dealer. Shocking that such a high-tech car, that has so many safety features does not include this!
DrBrian commented:
August 1, 2014, 12:53 pm

Sorry, folks, one more question. I really am considering ordering one...but now I'm hearing there is no cup-holder in the front? You've got to be kidding? I know it sounds silly, but I need to use this as my car...not as a show-piece? I hope someone from BMW can read this and address the issue of lane change warning and this cup-holder thing.....Presumably, if you're buying a car with ultra strong gas mileage, you intend to drive it....
ddk632 commented:
August 1, 2014, 2:08 pm

There is most definitely one cupholder in the front...

henaleena commented:
August 31, 2014, 12:20 am

There is at least one cup holder in back console or hump.
M5Fed commented:
September 15, 2014, 7:13 pm

Seriously, a car from BMW costing close to $130k and don't have a cup holder is not remotely possible. Now from looking at the picture, I see only 1 of them which would surprise the heck out of me. Someone out there please tell us there are at least 2 for the front and hopefully 2 for the back!

henaleena commented:
September 15, 2014, 8:35 pm

There are only two cup holders in the back at the center hump, one in the front altogether three for only $140K!!!!!
StuM commented:
September 15, 2014, 11:08 pm

People who only worry about cup holders should only drive a Prius. Get serious, put on your big boy pants and be a true driver.
barryf43 commented:
September 16, 2014, 5:57 pm

Originally Posted by stum View Post
people who only worry about cup holders should only drive a prius. Get serious, put on your big boy pants and be a true driver.
nealrap commented:
September 25, 2014, 12:44 pm

I can't find one anywhere to get before June 2015. Anyone know of any dealers who may have one or be getting one in soon?
Zhaunk commented:
November 30, 2014, 8:20 pm

I saw an i8 that had just come in to Concord BMW (CA). $139k + $100k market value...
nealrap commented:
November 30, 2014, 8:22 pm

I'd sell mine for $240k too!
nealrap commented:
December 14, 2014, 2:29 pm
Looks like there's a sale on i8's. Damn, I got ripped off.
Bmwlvr60 commented:
December 17, 2014, 1:04 pm

At my local New Jersey dealer