2019 BMW i8 vs. Its Competition

2019 BMW i8
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The i8 competes in two worlds: sports and electric cars, with little overlap between them.

The NSX comes the closest with its hybrid powertrain, but it’s more expensive and offers better performance.

The Audi R8’s V-10 is a joy and one of the last of its kind.

The Porsche 911 is a perennial favorite because of its performance, not necessarily its staid looks.

The new BMW 8-Series might capture more performance buyers’ interests, but it lacks the drama of the i8.

The Model S is the standard for electric luxury buyers, with very strong performance in top models.

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2019 Acura NSX2019 Acura NSX
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2019 Porsche 9112019 Porsche 911
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2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS2018 Audi R8
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Quick Specs
The 2019 BMW i8 is a head-turner for its looks, which hides its plug-in powertrain. That’s good or bad, depending on your priorities.
The 2019 Acura NSX drops supercar performance numbers in a gas-electric, typically offbeat tour de force.
Bigger, bulkier, bawdier: The 2019 BMW 8-Series bucks all Bavaria’s typical instincts and revels in its life choices.
The 2019 Porsche 911 is a legendary sports car that serves as the benchmark for performance and comfort.
As much a track star as it is a comfortable daily driver, the 2018 Audi R8 is one of the most balanced and flexible supercars ever made.
The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-10Electric
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Subcompact CarsTwo SeatersSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsTwo SeatersLarge Cars
Style Name     
CoupeCoupeM850i xDrive CoupeCarrera CoupeV10 RWD75D AWD
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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