Compare 2014 BMW i8 vs 2014 Tesla Model S

2014 BMW i8
2014 Tesla Model S
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe N/A N/A $124,845 $135,700
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4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $79,900
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $93,400
4-Door Sedan P85D N/A N/A N/A $119,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$124,845
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$135,700
$69,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$2262 / month
$1165 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW i8 is a new kind of sport coupe--an ultra-efficient one with advanced materials, electric and gas propulsion, and a lot more--and buyers will have to recalibrate their idea of what performance means to appreciate it fully. Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
28.2 35.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
32.4 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.6 55
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81 94
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.8 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.5 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
184.9 195.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
4.7 -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 14.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.1 -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40YR20 P245/45YR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45YR20 P245/45YR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 4647
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 7.5 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 8.5 19 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
357 @ 5800 302 @ 5000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3 Electric
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
420 317
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
Battery Range (mi)
15 208
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
76 95
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 94
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 97
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.51 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 8.28
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 9.73
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 -
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Coupe Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW i8 Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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