Rumors have mentioned that the 2023 BMW i8 will be absent and BMW has something new to offer us. So, what is it?
If you think about purchasing a hybrid car, you must have heard about the BMW i8. However, if you are planning to purchase the 2023 version of this car, you should know that what you will get is the replacement of the 2023 BMW i8—not the i8 itself. That said, you need to know what car will replace the i8 and what features it will bring to accommodate its users.
Will 2023 BMW i8 Be Available?
According to sources, the 2023 BMW i8 is said to be not available for the upcoming release. However, it doesn’t mean you cannot find any car with 8 Series features with plug-in hybrid features.
The i8 is mentioned to be replaced by the M Vision for the 2023-year production. Therefore, you won’t have the i8 in 2023, but an M Vision. Interestingly, the i8 is planned to be released in 2024.
Does it mean you will have a decrease in quality as the M Vision replaces the i8? Well, we don’t know until we learn about the features which will be explained in the following explanation.
Release Date and Price
According to sources, the M Vision which happens to be the replacement for the 2023 BMW i8 will not be released until 2023. This means you need to wait just a little bit more to see the release of this car.
What about the price of this car? Well, it is a sure thing that the car will have you to be saving a lot of money before its release! While the BMW itself is a pricey car, the M Vision, which is the replacement of the i8 will cost you around $160,000. It is definitely an outstanding amount of money, isn’t it?
As you may have known before, you will get this replacement of i8 to be a hybrid one—not a full electric as the good old i8. As a hint, you will be getting the plug-in hybrid powertrain for this car with a 2.0-L 4-cyl turbocharged engine as well as twin electric motors as a combo. Both powertrains will be able to provide a strong 600 HP for the car.
In addition, you will be able to notice a rapid acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) at 3.0 seconds. The maximum speed of this car will be less than 200 mph (186 mph or around 300 km/h), but sure it is still a great speed to have for your car.
The rapid acceleration is something outstanding for the car, especially given that the car is heavy enough at 3,750 pounds. Despite the weight, it is a great move made by the carmaker since the weight alone has already reduced from its initial weight of 4,850 pounds.
Its Outer Looks
According to sources, the car’s exterior look will be pretty different from what you will see from the basic i8. At a glance, you will directly realize that the car is a car pretty much suitable for the high-end user.
The looks are more similar to the looks of a sports car instead of a coupe or maybe a sedan. You may also have seen in some sources that the car will look sophisticated with a low body like a race car.
In addition, it also has various color options which will be finished with a metallic finish. With this in mind, it won’t be surprising that the car is looking so modern, sporty, and futuristic.
Is It True the i8 Will Come Back in 2024?
Well, despite the absence of the 2023 BMW i8, a source mentioned that the i8 will be available in 2024 instead. The price range is still what it is now, which is at $160,000-$180,000; but interestingly, the car lineup now has two models to offer: Coupe and Roadster. Despite the words, the mentioned price and release time still remain a prediction.
This car will be expected to be equipped still with a hybrid system, not totally with an electric motor. The driving range is pretty unimpressive given the car is only equipped with an 11.6-kWh battery. Despite the hybrid status, it is unfortunate that the car is still far from what the i7’s powertrain has to offer.
With the interior and exterior looking to be the mascots of the car, it is pretty unconvincing that the car will win the heart of many. Given the price had been lower, or the PHEV powertrain system switched onto a fully electric, then maybe people won’t have to deal with a new replacement for the 2023 BMW i8 or its predicted ‘mediocre’ comeback for 2024.