TIME FOR A NEW IDEAL.

The design of the BMW i8.

TIME FOR A NEW IDEAL.

The design of the BMW i8.

A sports car at first sight. Extremely low and wide when viewed from the front, a flat silhouette, powerfully shaped surfaces and precise contours. When viewed more closely, an ingenious new vehicle concept. With a design devoted to one function. Sustainably and efficiency meet dynamics and athleticism. On the road, the BMW i8 demonstrates the interplay of these ideals: hugging the ground and in the unrivalled form you expect of a BMW.

TIME FOR A NEW IDEAL.The design of the BMW i8.

A sports car at first sight. Extremely low and wide when viewed from the front, a flat silhouette, powerfully shaped surfaces and precise contours. When viewed more closely, an ingenious new vehicle concept. With a design devoted to one function. Sustainably and efficiency meet dynamics and athleticism. On the road, the BMW i8 demonstrates the interplay of these ideals: hugging the ground and in the unrivalled form you expect of a BMW.

BMW i subbrand

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY.

The entire shape and form of the BMW i8 follows the BMW i design philosophy, which creates a unique connection between ground-breaking sustainability and premium character. The approach includes the so-called black band. This unmistakeable black belt design element runs from the front, over the roof, to the rear in all BMW i models. Also typical of BMW i are the dynamic stream-flow design, the Air Curtains and striking details such as the LED Daytime Running Light in a distinctive U-shape and the LED rear lights. In the interior, the BMW i design philosophy is demonstrated in the selected use of sustainably produced lightweight materials. Wherever possible, there is systematic use of components produced from renewable raw materials.

EXTERIOR.

Long wheelbase, short overhangs, a solid stance as it crouches on the street: the BMW i8 has all the characteristics of a full-blooded sports car. The front appears extremely low and wide. Everything is arranged to be optimally aerodynamic. At the same time, the flat, but prominent double kidney grille reveals the BMW genes. A V-shaped black band starts on the bonnet and dynamically wraps around the bodyshell to the rear.
Viewed from the side, the exaggerated wedge shape, the long drawn-out lines and the flat silhouette underscore the dynamics. Layering design, a method in which surfaces and lines overlap and interweave, produces an extremely sporty appearance all round. The surfaces join harmoniously, creating a compact and agile impression. Everything appears to come from a unified whole – thus lending the BMW i8 an extraordinarily powerful stature.

  • Exterior colours

    The BMW i8 is available in four different colour schemes:

    • Sophisto Grey brilliant effect with highlight in BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey metallic
    • Ionic Silver metallic with highlight in BMW i Blue
    • Protonic Blue with highlight in Frozen Grey metallic
    • Crystal White pearl effect with highlight in BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey metallic

SCISSOR DOORS.

Off to a swinging start: Thanks to the spectacular scissor doors, the sports car character of the BMW i8 is recognisable in an instant. Swinging upwards when opened, the scissor doors are an optical highlight and blend perfectly into the smooth lines of the aerodynamic bodyshell. When viewed from the inside, the doors underline the sporty nature of the interior. Thanks to the aluminium, carbon and thermoplastic used in their construction, they are approximately 50% lighter than conventionally built doors. As a result, they are particularly convenient to open and close from the inside. The handle is ergonomically positioned on the inside of the door panel and also acts as a decorative feature.

INTERIOR.

The sporty look of the exterior is continued seamlessly in the interior of the BMW i8. All elements are light and dynamically positioned. In the interior, the layering principle creates a novel relationship between functionality and clear form. Lightweight construction is also implemented visually; for example, the visible carbon elements in the door sill highlight the low weight of the BMW i8.

The classic sports car character and the typical BMW driver orientation are both equally prominent in the design. The centre console is aligned towards the driver. All the instruments and the digital instrument panel with its two large displays are easy to operate. All passengers have a low seating position and the narrow lightweight seats provide reliable support and outstanding of comfort even when cornering rapidly. The iDrive Controller is conveniently located on the centre console that optically bisects the vehicle.

  • Sustainable materials

    Colour and material design underscores the guiding idea of a smart, sustainable sports car concept. The selected use of materials such as extra-lightweight plastic from recycled drinks bottles and other resource-saving elements allow sustainability to make its presence felt. At the same time, the interior exudes modern sportiness and premium character in every detail, an aspect which is clearly reflected in all three interior design concepts.

  • Ambient light

    With the special equipment option of ambient lighting, drivers are able to create their own individual mood lighting for the interior of the BMW i8. The lighting designed in LED technology emphasises the luxurious ambience, also acts as a functional light source and can, if required, alternate between EfficientDynamics Blue, Amber and White. The result is an interior with a special glowing effect, which extends from the contour lines of the doors, the instrument panel and steering wheel to the footwell.

INTERIOR DESIGN.

Unmistakeable, sporty, modern and sustainable. The guiding idea behind the sports car of the future is also reflected in the design of colours and materials in the interior. HALO and CARPO Carum Spice Grey provides a choice of high-quality equipment lines. And bith demonstrates that sustainability and premium quality are by no means mutually exclusive – but, instead, harmonise in a manner that bodes well for the future. Best examples of this are the use of lightweight, recycled materials for the interior and leather that has been gently tanned with olive leaf extract.

  • Carpo Carum Spice Grey with Exclusive Equipment

    The CARPO Carum Spice Grey with Exclusive Equipment combines the generously crafted Natural Leather Exclusive with Cloth Accentuator or Full Leather ‘Spheric’ and embossed i8 logo on the headrest.

    With the gear selector lever surface in black zirconium oxide ceramic, floor mats with leather strap, black and highlighter stiching in BMW i Blue. The door sill finisher qith i8 designation, surface with lasered Amido metallic. The combination of these outstanding attention to details creates an elegant and sporty impression is the result, which fits perfectly into the overall concept of the BMW i8. Because small things makes perfection, but perfection is not a small thing.

  • HALO

    The HALO equipment line defines luxury in a new sustainable manner. This full-leather equipment combines a premium aspiration with natural aesthetics. Exclusive leather in Dalbergia Brown tanned exclusively with plant extracts has accents in Carum Grey. In connection with BMW i Blue accents on stitching, seat belts and the leather steering wheel, the overall effect underlines the high quality and slimline design of the interior. Pronounced contrasts between light and dark in the doors, the side panels and the instrument panel bring out the sporty aspect. Further accents are provided by the colour Amido Metallic, which also reflects the innovative technical aspect of BMW i.