2016 BMW i8 vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

The most similar vehicle to the 2016 BMW i8 may be the now-discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder, which cost about eight times as much as BMW's $135,000-and-up coupe.

Other competitors differ in significant ways, though they have to be fast and expensive.

More traditional sports cars include the many models of Porsche 911 and the raucous, heavier Audi R8.

Perhaps BMW's own 6-Series coupe, with capacity for four—perhaps even its Z4 two-seater—may compete across the showroom floor.

But all are considerably larger and heavier, and their conventional powertrains may rule them out for some buyers.

The most likely competitor is actually the Tesla Model S, a five-seat, four-door electric luxury hatchback that runs on battery energy alone.

Still, Tesla buyers are likely more attuned to a light, forward-looking plug-in hybrid coupe with high energy efficiency than are those of more traditional sports and luxury models.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2016 BMW i8 blends a stunning coupe design with a slew of advanced technology underneath; the plug-in hybrid powertrain, and its corresponding efficiency, may be all but irrelevant.
8.4
The 2016 BMW M6 is a no-compromises kind of car for buyers unfazed by traditional sports car manufacturers. It's better suited for the streets than the track, and that's not a bad thing.
9.0
From the satisfying Carrera to the outrageous GT3 RS, the 2016 Porsche 911 is consistently brilliant, and lives up to the this model line's pedigree in every respect—with some modern comforts spliced right in.
8.8
There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
8.8
The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder delivers unheralded levels of both performance and efficiency in a supercar.
MSRP From     
$140,700N/A$77,300$84,300$68,000$845,000
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded H-6ElectricGas/Electric V-8
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsN/ASubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsLarge CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door CoupeN/A2-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Coupe Carrera2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 602-Door Roadster
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
4N/A4452
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeN/ACoupeCoupeHatchback 2016.5Roadster
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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