2014 BMW i8 vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW i8
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2014 BMW i8 has few direct competitors for its mix of efficient powertrain, Space Age-y materials and design, and stunningly sexy lines.

The Audi R8 delivers traditional mid-engine performance, with engines that come in big and bigger (it's also long in the tooth, and will be replaced within two years).

The Porsche 911 is a classic sport coupe, and we're not sure those who want one actually look at any other car.

Perhaps BMW's own 6-Series coupe is a competitor, though its normally sleek design looks positively tank-like against the i8's flowing lines--though it does have four real seats.

Oddly enough, the Tesla Model S may be considered, although it's a large luxury sedan powered entirely by electricity--but it carries some of the BMW's sex appeal.

Finally, the low-volume and very expensive Cadillac ELR may look like a match on paper, but against the BMW i8, it suffers from blocky lines, its U.S.

brand, and far less performance from a range-extended electric powertrain that draws heavily on Chevy Volt hardware.

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Quick Specs
8.4
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.
9.2
German precision and handling combines with Italian power to create a superb supercar that's also fit for daily use.
8.4
No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
7.6
The 2014 ELR brings extended-range electric-car virtues to the Cadillac lineup, but its Volt-like appeal diminishes as the price balloons.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
8.6
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.
MSRP From     
$135,700$114,900$75,400$75,000$84,300$69,900
Gas Mileage     
11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas/ElectricPremium Unleaded H-6Electric
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsTwo-SeatersSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V82-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
424445
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A2N/AN/A
Body Style     
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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