Compare 2015 BMW i8 vs 2014 Tesla Model S

2015 BMW i8
2014 Tesla Model S
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i8 2-Door Coupe N/A N/A $126,080 $136,500
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4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
Model S 4-Door Sedan 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $79,900
Model S 4-Door Sedan P85 N/A N/A N/A $93,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan P85D N/A N/A N/A $119,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$126,080
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$136,500
$69,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$2275 / month
$1165 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW i8 is a ground-breaking new sports coupe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers several driving personalities from which the driver can choose. 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
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Highway
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81 94
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
32.4 35.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.6 55
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
28.2 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
4.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 26.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
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
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.1 -
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40YR20 P245/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45YR20 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 8.5 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged 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
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
1.5 L/91 -
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 (Est) -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
76 95
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
15 208
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 94
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 97
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 -
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i8 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Coupe Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
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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